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1996 ford windstar

Low pressure oil light comes on after about 10 minutes of starting out after engine has cooled. It starts flashing then stays on. After driving about thirty minutes the engine does start to clatter some. I recently had trouble with my thermostat. Afraid there is damage from that.No loss in oil. Thanks Debe

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Do a manual oil pressure test with an oil pressure tester you should have no less than 20 Lbs oil pressure at any time good is 40+ anything less than 20 and noisy engine is bad

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You need to have someone check the oil pressure to see if it is actually losing pressure or if sending unit is going bad. this is done with a mechanical gauge. Or you can just replace sending unit this is about a $20 part so cheap enough to just try. If you are actually losing pressure then you have scored bearings on the crank shaft. If not too bad can replace main bearings and a new oil pump.

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