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Oil pressure dropping to 0 after running for a few minutes

First of all let me say that this happened after we had a ice storm, I hit a large amount of soon as i did the oil pressure dropped to 0. I was lucky to be very close to work so I left it in the parking lot and after i got off work it started fine...oil pressure seemed to be fine so i left it running to warm up but when i went back out the pressure dropped to 0 again. If you turn the truck off and then back on the pressure will be fine, but a few minutes later it will drop to 0....what could cause this problem? I'd like to have a few ideas before i have it towed to the mechanic.

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  • stormy_lotus Feb 01, 2009

    There is no oil leak and no milky stuff checked the oil its fine. As for checking all that other stuff....You got me I have no idea how to do any of that. Its being towed to my mechanics in the morning, i'll let you know what he says. Thanks so much

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    I had my oil changed in my 1996 dodge ram 1500 pickup at pep boys. Shortly after, the check engine light came on and oil pressure would drop after running for a few minutes. Occasionally it would come back up partially or raise all of the way up to normal and then drop back off again throughout my drive. I checked the oil and it had been overfilled. I never took it back to fix the problem. I have been driving the truck for two years with this problem with the check engine light on. Any ideas?

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    James Tepfenhart May 11, 2010

    is there any oil leaking from anywhere after you check to make sure the oil is full? The first thing that comes to mind are freeze plugs. Also check your oil filter. check the spark plug preasure also. Is there any milky looking substance on your dipstick? could be a cracked head. A splash of cold water could have cracked your head, or it could just be coinsidence. These are all the major things I would check first.



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Locate your oil pressure sending sensor... generally near the oil filter intake but not always... give it a spray of WD40 to repel any water on it. next have the oil pressure tested just to be certain. the relay for the sending unit may need to be replaced as well... it's located likely in the fuse box in the engine compartment near the battery.


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