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Old 09-03-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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oil pressure dropping

My 97 sport 5 spd is dropping oil pressure to 0 and causing my check gauges light to come on, only at idle not when moving. Oil level checked and appears good. I have been using 5w20 all season but it has been unusually hot this year. I changed the oil last night to 10w30. I noticed that I had oil blown all over the side of the block and a lot on and around oil filter. Oil was also all over the frame too. What could have possibly went wrong?
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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The oil filter is likely just not sealing, you could have either over-tightened or under-tightened it.

Before worrying too much about your low oil pressure, replace the oil pressure sender mounted next to the oil filter. Use a Mopar sender, the aftermarket oil pressure senders sold by auto parts stores like AutoZone are likely to give problems, I ended up having to go back to AutoZone 3 times one Sunday before I finally got one that worked properly.
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