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Low oil pressure in 1998 camaro ls1

I recently had the oil changed in the car and after that it began to register a low oil pressure. When its cold the pressure is fine but then drops. The gauge doesn't move smoothly it jumps as if it were hanging up. The car has plenty of oil in it and runs strong (202,000+miles)on the motor. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • lbow31 Jan 09, 2009

    yeah i somewhat have exactly same problem but as i lose oil pressure i start to hear ticking my motor starts tearing it self apart basically and if i try to get into the gas it trys to shut down real sluggish even when oil pressure is ok if i keep it between say 30 -55 and take it easy its ok until oil pressure drops and its a94 z28 lt1

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    99 Camaro z28 ls1 has piston slap at cold start would like to know if changing from conventional oil to blend would help

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First have your oil level checked and make sure that it is at the right level. If not that's your problem, if your level is good you may have a bad oil pressure switch. This can be checked by using a oil pressure guage. If switch is bad replace and solve the problem. However if your vehicle has alot of wear and tear on he engine and you were using 20w-50 oil and it was replaced with 5w-30 that oil may be too "light" for the vehicle and you would get a low oil pressure reading. Good Luck

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