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Oil pressure guage dropping

2004 chevy trailblazzer. oil pressure gauge droppes then the check gauges light comes on. if engine is turned off then car restarted pressure goes back to normal. this is happening more frequently now

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    When stopped or on inclines the guage drops

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Sounds like the sensor is failing.Have oil pressure checked with a mechanical gage to confirm. A new sensor or wiring repair is allot cheaper then a new engine!!

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