What is causing my oil pressure gauge to be so erratic?

Asked by Aug 01, 2015 at 10:40 PM about the 1993 Ford Thunderbird LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So yesterday I replaced the spark plugs on my car, the car started up and drove great.
Then today while driving it I noticed the oil pressure gauge would drop to low when I would
go up or down hill, around a curve, or when coming to a stop. Then a ticking sound
started occurring from the drivers side of the car, which I think is a bad lifter. Does
anyone have any ideas?

3 Answers

91,005

Sounds like a oil pump failure especially if you now have lifter noise.

5,015

Add to that the possibility that you are very low on oil. Check it first

check oil just had the heads done only have 126 thousand Km it is v6

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