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8/8/11 2:22pm - Original Message: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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I got the car idling down about where it is supposed to when warm 600 to 650. It runs ruff at that speed but settles out about 750 or above.   When it is warm (190-200 degrees never runs hotter than 200) the oil pressure gage at idle fluctuates between 25 and 40 pounds.  Around 950 up it is smooth and over 40 pounds.    Car is currently about ½ quart of oil down is all so that should not be the problem. 

General information car only has 46000 miles on it.  Sat for 4 years before I got it 4 years ago in those 4 years I have only put about 2000 miles on it.  But now drive it 3 or 4 times a week as it is my preferred mode of transportation.

I’m concerned and would like to know what is the recommended place to start and or possible causes.


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8/8/11 6:05pm - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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How confident are you that the gague is accurate?

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8/9/11 12:06am - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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  I used to be less confident before I got the idle down close to where it is suppose to be because above 950 rpm the oil pressure needle is rock solid at a little over 40 psi.   Now down a idle it oscillates between 25 and 40.  most of the time swinging fast enough that you cannot see the needle between the upper and lower limits.  It does not stay at the 25 mark more than a few tens of a second.


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8/9/11 7:08am - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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I would seriously consider installing a temporary, mechanical gauge to see what the actual oil pressure is. The fluctuating could be simply a defective pressure sending unit, which would be my first guess, but it could also be the gauge itself, or...worst case, an actually oil pressure problem. The mechanical gauge will tell the tale quickly.

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8/9/11 6:56pm - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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Just set the idle at 950. Problem solved.LOL

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8/9/11 9:19pm - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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Is that the official Double E solution, Dave?


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8/10/11 12:06am - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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That is so simple. I just cannot figure out how I missed that. Handshake   Double thanks to you now I can fix my Toyota problem only occurs when I'm driving the Toyota.  The solution is so obvious and it can be applied to all problems.  LOL. Beer  I just will not drive it anymore. (trade cars with my wife)

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8/10/11 8:35am - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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8/10/11 4:46pm - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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Hi Gilbert,

I have had the same kind of shaking oil needle since I've had Baby.  It happens around idle and when I'm driving down the road.  Mostly, I notice it when I'm off the throttle.  The oil temp does not spike and there is no change in the water temp.  I don't hear any difference in sound or in performance.  The techs I've talked to said it sounds like a bad meter or sender sensitive to a harmonic or whatever.  I have not pulled the oil pan yet but, there is rust working on it so, that will happen some time......  They did not seem think it was a big deal because of the steady temps....

So, this post won't help any...

Keith


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8/10/11 5:59pm - Reply: 'Oil Pressure Fluctuations'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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Thanks  I plan on checking it with oil pressure gage in the near future will let everyone know what it looks like then just in case others have the same problem. 

Gil


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