1999 Bonneville 3800 has very low oil pressure and tapping knock

Asked by Dec 24, 2014 at 02:33 AM about the 1999 Pontiac Bonneville 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The oil pressure is in the red at idle, but when accelerated it goes up some , even to
about half way up. I also hear what sounds like a tapping on solid metal, not a ping sound
but more of a sound like hitting to solid pieces of hard wood together. What can i expect
to find?

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The tapping noise you're hearing may be the hydrualic valve lifters, sometimes called "The tappets" by old timers...... They will make more noise than normal when starving for oil. I recommend having the oil pressure pump checked on your car before you do a lot of internal damage to the engine.

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Sounds like the bearings are worn out. How many miles are on the motor? HTH. -Jim

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