ok, i was driving yesterday and i stopped somewhere and when i turned my
truck back on (97 ram 1500 v8) that the oil pressure was very low and when
it was idealing it was trying to get the oil pressure back up, and the
first time i turned it on it wouldnt go back to normal so i turned it off
a waited a few minutes. and the second time i turned it on it took it a
few times but it went back to normal...does anyone know whats wrong with
it cuz i looked all over the net and i cant find anything that sounds like
what my truck is doing....
It could be that the oil pump intake screen is clogged. One way of
cleaning an old engine out is to drain the oil and replace it with
automatic transmission fluid. Let the engine idle for 15 to 20
minutes (don'r drive it) then drain the fluid, change the filter, and
put oil back in it. Change the oil and filter again in a couple of
Also you may be able to spray some carb cleaner on the intake screan
through the oil drain hole.
1) the act of including the post to which you are replying, so that people
have some idea WTF you're talking about
2) a skill you need to master
no thanks necessary..................
It probably won't dawn on you but your reply was equally lacking in context,
take your own advice or learn how to follow a thread.
If your newsreader doesn't store the requisite number of day's replies to
follow the thread don't complain here.
To "plumb" the guage is Roy-Speak meaning to install it using tubing and
making sure you do it right so it's doesn't leak and squirt oil
The "block" refers to the engine block... that big thing under the hood
with the fan on the front of it.
The "sender" means the oil pressure sending unit. An electronic attachment
to a screw-in thingy on the side or top of the block. Looks sorta like a
little spark plug in a place that's hard to get to and where there
shouldn't be a spark plug. Could be anywhere, but on your truck I think
it's on top of the engine at the rear, almost up against the firewall on
the driver's side. Remove the screw-in thingy and use pressure fittings to
connect your tubing to the place where you unscrewed the thingy from. Hook
the other end of your tubing to the new oil pressure guage. Start truck
and read actual oil pressure on the guage.
Of course you could also take the truck to a mechanic somewhere (Not
Firestone, Goodyear, Sears or WalMart) and prolly for no more than an
hour's labor charge he'd tell you what your actual oil pressure readings
were (pressure at idle, at 1500 RPM and at 3000 rpm)
That it is... right next to the distributor, and a royal PITA to get to.
It's an 1/8" NPT threaded fitting. I'd recommend an 1/8"-NPT to 1/4"
compression fitting, some 1/4" tubing rated for 100psi, another 1/4"
compression to 1/8" NPT fitting on the other end, and an 1/8" coupler to
hook to the gauge (which should also be of the 1/8"-NPT variety). In the
alternative, if you can get a 1/4" compression to 1/8"-NPT female, that will
save you a connection (because the gauge will screw right into the female
connector). All of this, including the tubing, is available from any good
hardware store, or any plumbing supply place (or the third shelf of my
little parts bin in my garage, but that's not of much help here).
Hook everything up, start the engine, loosen the fitting on the gauge end
until oil's leaking out (thereby purging most all of the air, for more
accurate readings), then tighten again.
Incidentally, this is why I have aftermarket oil and water temp gauges, in
addition to several others, in my vehicle. It prevents things like a failed
sending unit from causing unnecessary panic.
well thank you.....my sisters boyfriend said that he has all the tools and
everything to do it so it will be done this weekend...and thanks for
helping me...i know im a girl but i do know some thing about trucks...like
what a block is...im not that dumb, my dad didnt raise a sissy....
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