Rover V-8 oil level sensor.

The oil level sensor system on my SDI is no more, and spares are not easy to get. Do any later Rover V-8 engined models use a similar system -
preferably where the sensor will fit the existing thread in the sump - even although the electronics etc are different?
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Do any later Rover V-8 engined models use a similar system -

Isn't the SD1 engine the same engine as Range Rovers had?
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com says...

Pretty much. A friend has swapped bits around AFAIK.
Bear in mind that a friend had this problem, and replaced it with a "compatible" part - the original one was closed when it had pressure, compared to normally closed with no pressure.
This meant the oil light was on when driving, and off if it had low pressure.
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I imagine it is a simple mechanical part and my guess would be that something inside the sensor has siezed.
"Hit it with a hammer" would be my first port of call, closely followed by "strip it down on the wife's kitchen table". Then get shouted at.
I know it's nice to have *everything* working on a car- my own car is an 11-year-old Rover Sterling on which everything bar the boot light works- .but at the end of the day, the OP's car has still got a dipstick.
I believe the SD1 used a Buick engine, it might be worth trying them?
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gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying:

The Rover v8 was a Buick engine for a couple of years in the early '60s, then a Rover engine for about 30 years.
Three guesses which manufacturer's name is more likely to find you parts...?
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Buick, given the fact that you can still build some 60s yank cars "new" from off the shelf parts?
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Don't think so - it's an electronic sensor of some kind, but I'm not sure exactly how it works.

Nothing to strip down. The electronics are fine as I checked by substitution - it's the actual sensor that's faulty and that is a sealed unit.

I very much doubt they had a similar design in those days. Rolls had an oil level check in the '50s - but this used a float like fuel gauges.
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Try Runcorn SD1 centre. The bloke who owns it lives close to me if there's an issue with getting him to post it, I can forward it to you.
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I'm afraid Ian has zero knowledge of this sort of thing.
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Ah well.
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It's not a switch and not for oil pressure. It's for oil level - a warning light comes on if it's too low. It's not essential since mine uses hardly any oil anyway but I'd like it working - as you do sometimes with this sort of thing.
I don't actually know how it works - it's not a float or anything simple like that. It looks a bit like a temperature sensor - just a brass tube that pokes into the oil at the minimum level on the side of the sump. If the oil drops below it a light comes on.
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wrote

http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/rimmer/rover/v8engine/sump
It's not available from them but:
http://www.deeter.co.uk/levelsensor.htm
I would try them.
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Indeed. However they don't seem to specialise in late Range Rovers etc which I'd guess are fitted with a warning - hence my question.

I'll certainly try them but they all seem to be float types.
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On Thu, 01 Nov 2007 23:52:42 -0000, Dave Plowman (News)

You could try Oselli, they used to play with Range Rovers http://www.oselli.com /
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As mentioned before MANY times when you ask for Rover spares, contact RPI Engineering. www.v8engines.com and they will help - IF you are genuine.
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I'm trying to work out what the market for fake Dave Plowmans would be?
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They're certainly good at selling you crap camshafts and followers - I'll give you that.
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