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Oil gage at low idle the gage starts to flicker then hits bottom &then the check engine light comes on until you speed up

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What color is the check engine light? if red replace the oil pressure sending unit on the engine, if this doesn't cure the issue have the oil pressure checked with a mechanical test guage, if it is low and you have no engine noise replace the oil pump..

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