Question about 1998 GMC Sierra
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You may want to hook up an external oil pressure gauge
to the engine to ease your mind. This would give you a regular number of the pressure. Compare it to the factory gauge in the dash. Those in dash gauges were not all that precise. If the engine is not having bearing noise I can see nothing to worry about.
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
Testimonial: "Thank you. Your suggestion was helpful in helping me focus on the solution rather than the problem."
30-40 psi of oil pressure is fine for many vehicles including your GMC. I am assuming that the truck has more than 100,000 miles on it and still has the original engine in it. By rule of thumb you only need 10 psi per 1000 rpms in a typical street driven engine to give adequate oil pressure to keep the bearings from oil starvation. The oil pressure is typically higher when initial start up occurs because it is more viscous due to the temperature of the oil as the engines oil warms up the visconsity thins out and the oil flows more smoothly. The drop in oil pressure is a normal occurance. Above 45 is more than required for a daily driven street engine. I believe that the specs on that engine only list 30- 45 psi.
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
have it tested using a manual gage if still low then main baring ore most likely bad that would mean a over hall if is really low and bearings bad should be making rattle noise when started up first few seconds
Posted on Mar 11, 2010
Testimonial: "thanks alot.truck is not making a rattling noise.we did check it with a manual gauge.it read about 10 at idol. press. gets better as you incr speed"
The first thing you should do is replace the oil filter. If that doesn't work I would hook a mechanical gauge to the engine. If the mechanical gauge reads the same as the gauge did on the dash, replace the oil pump
Posted on Apr 16, 2010
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