OIL PRESSURE DROP

Asked by Jun 15, 2013 at 08:35 PM

Question type: General

I HAVE A 1991 FORD F150 LARIAT XLT WITH 82000 MILES 302 ENGINE WHEN STARTING MOTOR OIL PSI IS AROUND 45 AFTER MOTOR WARMS UP OIL PRESSURE DROPS TO 5PSI OR LESS,WHAT IS GOING ON?

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As oil heats up it thins out. What weight oil are you using? How long since last oil and filter change? Could try a little heavier oil or try some Lucas oil treatment.

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Are you actually using a gauge you installed or the indicator on the dash? The dash unit is only an indicator and the sender is the culprit. Ford had lots of issues with crappy oil pressure senders. Lots! The main reason for a loss of pressure like that is worn out bearings or incorrect viscosity of oil. An oil pressure relief valve would cause the concern all of the time. Install a manual gauge (if only temporarily) and se what the oil pressure is actually doing. Check the dipstick or owner's manual for the proper viscosity of oil. If the vehicle hasn't seen any severe duty and had oil changes at least every 5000 miles, there shouldn't be any low-end concerns. You didn't mention engine noises or leaks. I'll bet that it's the stupid pressure sender.

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thanks for your help had manual guage installed same pressure readings. had new oil sending unit installed still same readings.no problems driving no pings or knocks runs good just worried about drop in pressure .just wanted to see if it could be something else. will keep driving until it will not go anymore.

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