I just changed my oil and now the pressure gauge doesnt work..can i still drive the vehicle??how do u change the gauge or does it have a sensor.it is a 1994 jeep grand cherokee.please help.need to get out of town my father is in the hospital out of state and i am afraid to use it... i am a woman in need...please advice me..thanks
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The oil temperature sensor could be in the oil level sender unit - it depends how many connecting wires there are. If it is in there it would not be as accurate as if it is placed in the main oil gallery, perhaps combined with the oil pressure sensor.
I advise you to re-read your vehicle handbook and ensure you know the exact functions of the instruments. Often the oil gauge is a level gauge only until the engine is started and then becomes an oil pressure gauge, therefore a fluctuating gauge might indicate a fluctuating oil pressure...
If that is so, worrying about it now could save worrying more expensively later.
The computing system on your vehicle has no safe mode for running low on oil . The only thing that will happen is the check gauges light will come on.
The oil pressure gauge is an analog device that is located in the IPC. The oil pressure gauge is operated directly by the oil pressure sensor circuit. As the engine oil pressure changes, the resistance of the sensor and the current flow in the oil pressure gauge changes. The current flow in the oil pressure gauge causes the needle to move in order to appropriately display the engine oil pressure. A sensor resistance of 1ohms will display as 0 kPa (0 PSI) and a resistance of 88 ohms will display as 80 kPa (80 PSI ). The IPC also monitors the oil pressure sensor circuit and interprets the current flow in this circuit in order to determine when the engine oil pressure is too low. If the oil pressure is too low, the check gauges tell tale will turn on. The oil pressure sender is located on the left side of the 2.2L. The 4.3L engine, oil pressure sender is located at the top left side, near the distributor/high voltage switch.
Try disconnecting the battery cables an hold them together for ten minutes , reset ECM !
Hello Robert, you could have a bad oil sender unit. Install an auxiliary oil pressure gauge to measure the amount of oil pressure. If reading is around 15 PSI or better at idle, change the oil sender unit.
Sounds to me like it could be a bad oil sending unit or gauge. I would take it in to a shop and have them test the oil pressure with their equipment.
If they tell you the pressure is good try changing the oil sending unit first then if that don't work, replace the gauge.
try replacing the oil preasure switch, if that doesnt solve your problem then have your oil preasure tested, if it really doesnt have oil preasure it will cause internal engine damage so start with the switch and then go from there, hope this is helpful.
Is the low oil pressure light on?
If the tappets are not noisey and the motor is not making any abnormal 'rattly' noises you may only have a faulty oil gauge pressure sender.
Replace the pressure sender, and if there is any remaining doubt get the oil pressure checked with an independant gauge before driving vehicle further.
The pressure to be most concerned with is the reading in gear at idle with engine warmed up...Low end really should not be below 20. If pressure wanders, change the sending unit and check actual pressure with a mechanical gauge if necessary. The age and quality of your oil, as well as temperature all play a part in pressure, as well as internal wear from time & miles of use. If pressure changes with rpm, that is normal. 40psi is good while driving. need more info just ask.
If grounding the dash does not work, try putting a mechanical gauge on it and reading actual oil pressure. Pressure does change while driving, but should not wander. With mechanical gauge, check that running hot at idle (in gear if automatic) pressure should not drop lower than 15psi (I'd rather see 20) High reading should be around 40 -50 but no higher.Low pressure indicates a loss of supply or bad bearing on the crankshaft, high pressure may be caused by sticking pressure relief or restriction in an oil passage.