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I have a 1996 Ford Ranger with the 3.0L V6. it has about 126,000 miles. on the way home from school on Friday i noticed that my oil pressure gauge was looking a little bit lower than normal. just a little below the middle of the gauge. I left town for the weekend with my family and when i went to start my truck tonight. it took a second to start but started right up. However, I did not have any oil pressure at all, so i turned my truck off and took my moms car. when i got back home i went and started it again but this time i had a little pressure. approximately a quarter of the way up and then it fell slowly to about an eighth of the way up where it held steady. I am a firefighter and desperately need my truck. please give me any causes or solutions.

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Make sure the oil is full. start engine with hood up stand outside of truck and lisen for any knocking or irregular noise. if noise is heard then shut truck off and you will probabley need a new oil pump but if no noise is heard try changing the oil sending unit. the oil sending unit is the switch that tells the gage what pressure to read. its located near rear of engine passenger side, should be a single wire connector black in color. a easy way to look for it is to buy the switch then open the hood and look for it using the new one as a guide

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