I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota with a 3.9 V6, and 58,000 miles.
Recently, when stopped at a stop light, the oil pressure needle drops
to the bottom. It happens consistently. In fact anytime the engine is
at full operating temperature, and the engine is idling, the oil
pressure drops to 0.
I took it to my mechanic last week. He took the sending unit off, and
installed a manual oil pressure gauge. The pressure at idle was indeed
0 PSI. At higher RPM's, he said the pressure would rise to around 40-50
PSI. His diagnosis: The engine needs to be rebuild.
Has anyone else had any experience with this situation? I would like to
at least get some more opinions, as it seems premature to have to
rebuild an engine at 58,000 miles. Are there any alternatives to
rebuilding the engine?
Thanks for any help in advance,