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adragon8u
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posted 09-28-2006 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u        Reply w/Quote
My gauge takes a couple minutes before it "kicks in" The oil in the truck is fine and when I was in Bakersfield a couple weeks ago it worked fine. Weathers a little colder here on the central coast and it's doing it again so I suspect it's a temperature thing. Anyone familiar with this problem?
Thanks guys

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 09-28-2006 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
I'm just guessing, but because the gauge is electronic, I'd say the 'delay' is caused by a cooroded connection somewhere inline.... not temperature related nor a mechanical problem.

Personally, I'd keep an eye on it, but not worry too awful much about it... until it quits monitoring completely....then locate the problem & correct.

Ryan

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 09-28-2006 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Minutes, or seconds?

I'd test it with a mechanical gauge ASAP just to be sure.

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adragon8u
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posted 09-28-2006 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u        Reply w/Quote
Just noticed the thread title, I meant 2001 lol.
Yes Steve, minutes. But when I was in Bakersfield for 2 days it never acted up once which leads me to think it's a temperature thing. About 30 degrees difference between the two cities. I've checked the oil, although I haven't checked it with a mechanical gauge yet.

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posted 09-28-2006 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Wow. It probably is electrical, like a bad sender or connection. I'd really check it ASAP though, because at low oil pressures even seconds are too long.

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adragon8u
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posted 09-28-2006 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u        Reply w/Quote
Will do Steve. We're taking the car on the trip and the truck is staying here. as soon as I get back I'll find a mechanical gauge to check it with.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 09-29-2006 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I'd really check it ASAP though, because at low oil pressures even seconds are too long.

Steve,
I agree with you, oil pressure is a must to have once an engine is fired. If I sounded like I felt oil pressure wasn't a big deal, I'm sorry about that.

I assumed that since Mike didn't tell us he was hearing any ticking or suspected the engine to be making any unusual sounds, I assumed that the engine isn't ACTUALLY running with low or no oil pressure. Rather was likely happening was that the gauge wasn't indicating pressure right away. If Mike's engine ACTUALLY didn't have oil pressure for "a couple of minutes", it would have been seized already....

Yeah, a working oil pressure gauge is nice to have, and I recommend them. However, there have been LOTS of cars/trucks built, sold & operated for years without one. I was only suggesting that Mike didn't need to stop driving the truck or overly worry about it while he monitored & located the cause of the condition.


Mike,
I apologize if I was confusing...

Ryan

adragon8u
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posted 09-29-2006 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u        Reply w/Quote
No confusion at all Ryan. All replies are greatly appreciated, that's why I put out the thread/question. After all, it went to Bakersfield and back without a hitch and never acted up there once. All sypmtoms point to a "glitch" in the gauge, but it's always safe to err on the side of caution, so both yours and Steves replies were valid suggestions and greatly appreciated. Thanks again guys.
My other thought since I haven't changed the oil since the purchase, is that it was originaly a Ventura car where the temps are a bit higher it may be a temp/viscosity issue?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 09-29-2006 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I wasn't meaning to bag on you at all, Ryan. I just was saying that with engines so expensive these days it's a good idea not to take any chances. In a previous life I've pulled a lot of engines where the customer told the service advisor "Well, the oil light came on a few weeks ago but since the oil level was ok and I didn't hear any noises I thought it was ok..."

We used to say "What were you expecting, a big ding-ding-ding like a slot machine?"

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