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1996 vw jetta with 2.0 liter

The check engine oil pressure light is on and making this really annoying beeping noise.

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  • j_buege Jan 14, 2009

    i have the same problem have you thought about doing the oil pump???



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Thats really not a good sign. have you checked the oil lately?

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This can be a faulty sensor unit if the oil level is proper or, the oil pump or screen may be clogged or damaged. Check the sending unit first for flaws and, replace if necessary. i would also, make sure of the oil pumps operational value by preforming a pressure test with a manual pressure gauge.

You can find these gauges at your local auto parts store.

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