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'97 Dodge Dakota 5.2l oil pressure problems

Truck runs fine until it warms up and then it loses oil pressure and it starts ticking. Oil pump has been replaced and still same problem.

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  • joeandjulie7 Feb 26, 2009

    It has 160,000 on it. It is not worth rebuilding as the truck is not worth as much as the cost of a rebuild. We might just dig a shallow grave and drive it in.

  • joeandjulie7 Feb 26, 2009

    We replaced the oil pump and cleaned everything out already. The oil pressure does return to normal when the truck is idle.


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On the 318 (5.2 liter) V-8 that was in my 1973 Dodge Dart Sport, I started having oil pressure problems with valve ticking and clunking around the crankshaft around 173,000 miles. Prior to the problem, I had bought a couple cases of Pennzoil on sale. Needless to say, when I finally dropped the pan, the sludge had baked to a ceramic-like texture. I soaked the pick up screen in solvent to disolve the crud, replaced the oil pump, and replaced the main and rod bearings with undersized bearings (.001" undersized). The oil pressure went up to normal, the valve tick went away, and the clunking on the bottom end went away. The engine felt as tight like new, and should have lasted for another 150,000+ miles if the nitwit I sold it to hadn't wrapped it around a light pole. By the way, don't ever use no-name, Pennzoil or Quaker State motor oil. The minimal savings will cost you in the long run.

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How many miles? Sounds like its time for a motor rebuild. I would do a leakdown test, puts the cylinders under pressure and it is supposed to hold it for a certain amount of time. Or if you do not have access to a leak down tester, a compression tester. Sounds like the motor has quite a few miles. If you want to limp it to its death, put some thicker oil in it. 20w50.

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