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#1: Oil gauge fluctuation...

Posted on 2006-06-12 13:25:01 by DeepGroove

I have a 96 XLT with 4.0 and auto trans.
Mileage is approaching 162,000. Since about 2 weeks ago I noticed my oil
level gauge will "flash" momentarily to bottom red, then return to the
middle position.
This seems to occur when its cold, and if I take sharp turns.
Since it always returns to the normal position I suspect the gauge, but
can anyone suggest possible causes?
I'm not low on oil, and nothing else seems unusual.
This "flashing" of the gauge can either be several quick movements, or
one that lasts for a second or two. It also seems to taper off after a
period of driving, but can still do it.
One more thing. I had my speedometer rebuilt about a month ago, so the
instrument cluster was removed. However, this problem didn't start soon
after that work was done.
Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

Randy

We're living in a world that's been pulled over our eyes to blind us
from the truth. Where are you, white rabbit?

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#2: Re: Oil gauge fluctuation...

Posted on 2006-06-13 04:23:53 by Ulysses

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&gt; I have a 96 XLT with 4.0 and auto trans.
&gt; Mileage is approaching 162,000. Since about 2 weeks ago I noticed my oil
&gt; level gauge will &quot;flash&quot; momentarily to bottom red, then return to the
&gt; middle position.
&gt; This seems to occur when its cold, and if I take sharp turns.
&gt; Since it always returns to the normal position I suspect the gauge, but
&gt; can anyone suggest possible causes?
&gt; I'm not low on oil, and nothing else seems unusual.
&gt; This &quot;flashing&quot; of the gauge can either be several quick movements, or
&gt; one that lasts for a second or two. It also seems to taper off after a
&gt; period of driving, but can still do it.
&gt; One more thing. I had my speedometer rebuilt about a month ago, so the
&gt; instrument cluster was removed. However, this problem didn't start soon
&gt; after that work was done.
&gt; Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.
&gt;
&gt; Randy
&gt;
&gt;

I would suspect a bad connection or a bad oil pressure sensor. I have an
old (78) F350 and the &quot;Oil&quot; light comes on when I come to a stop and goes
off when I start going again. It's not low on oil.

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#3: Re: Oil gauge fluctuation...

Posted on 2006-06-13 08:05:20 by My Names Nobody

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&gt; &quot;Randy Pavatte&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:DeepGroove&#64;webtv.net" target="_blank">DeepGroove&#64;webtv.net</a>&gt; wrote in message
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&gt;&gt; I have a 96 XLT with 4.0 and auto trans.
&gt;&gt; Mileage is approaching 162,000. Since about 2 weeks ago I noticed my oil
&gt;&gt; level gauge will &quot;flash&quot; momentarily to bottom red, then return to the
&gt;&gt; middle position.
&gt;&gt; This seems to occur when its cold, and if I take sharp turns.
&gt;&gt; Since it always returns to the normal position I suspect the gauge, but
&gt;&gt; can anyone suggest possible causes?
&gt;&gt; I'm not low on oil, and nothing else seems unusual.
&gt;&gt; This &quot;flashing&quot; of the gauge can either be several quick movements, or
&gt;&gt; one that lasts for a second or two. It also seems to taper off after a
&gt;&gt; period of driving, but can still do it.
&gt;&gt; One more thing. I had my speedometer rebuilt about a month ago, so the
&gt;&gt; instrument cluster was removed. However, this problem didn't start soon
&gt;&gt; after that work was done.
&gt;&gt; Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Randy
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;
&gt; I would suspect a bad connection or a bad oil pressure sensor. I have an
&gt; old (78) F350 and the &quot;Oil&quot; light comes on when I come to a stop and goes
&gt; off when I start going again. It's not low on oil.
&gt;
&gt; .

You do realize it is a oil &quot;presser&quot; gauge, not an oil &quot;volume&quot; gauge?
You can have the appropriate amount of oil, and still suffer from a lack of
oil pressure.

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#4: Re: Oil gauge fluctuation...

Posted on 2006-07-22 23:44:51 by CWLee

As I posted here a few months back, I had a similar
experience. My mechanic said it was a faulty sending/sensor
unit. He said no problem, and the next time I got the oil
changed he would replace it. A couple of thousand miles
later he changed the oil and replaced the unit. It is about
the size of a spark plug, and cost around $10. It
apparently screws into the underside of the engine
somewhere, and a wire connects to the other end. I think
replacing it is similar to replacing a spark plug, except
that you have to drain the oil out first and then replace it
later.

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&gt; I have a 96 XLT with 4.0 and auto trans.
&gt; Mileage is approaching 162,000. Since about 2 weeks ago I
noticed my oil
&gt; level gauge will &quot;flash&quot; momentarily to bottom red, then
return to the
&gt; middle position.
&gt; This seems to occur when its cold, and if I take sharp
turns.
&gt; Since it always returns to the normal position I suspect
the gauge, but
&gt; can anyone suggest possible causes?
&gt; I'm not low on oil, and nothing else seems unusual.
&gt; This &quot;flashing&quot; of the gauge can either be several quick
movements, or
&gt; one that lasts for a second or two. It also seems to taper
off after a
&gt; period of driving, but can still do it.
&gt; One more thing. I had my speedometer rebuilt about a month
ago, so the
&gt; instrument cluster was removed. However, this problem
didn't start soon
&gt; after that work was done.
&gt; Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.
&gt;
&gt; Randy
&gt;
&gt; We're living in a world that's been pulled over our eyes
to blind us
&gt; from the truth. Where are you, white rabbit?
&gt;

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