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Flickering oil light

1999 ford taurus...notice oil flickering light..also water temp slightly above normal..chkd oil...is ok...notice the radiator fan not working... turn a/c on fan works..temp normal... no oil light...

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  • johnyc53 May 26, 2009

    to snorkelbobby....frm flickering oil light ...i did not recently changed the oil...just notice that the radiator fan did not work when the car is running...temp was above normal...when i tunred on the a/c the temp dropped below half...no more flickering oil light..pls help...thx

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    if you changed the oil & filter & then this started, it could be the oil filter check valve in the filter. Get a Motorcraft filter.

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This could be two unassociated problems; the flickering oil light can indicate that the pressure sensor for the idiot light is failing- this is not uncommon, the other can be a failed temperature sensor sensor on the main radiator. 
The low oil pressure condition may also be indicative of a worn engine part or parts. It would make sense to have the actual oil pressure checked in a shop to see if it is in the normal range which should lay between ~30 & 60 pounds depending on engine RPMs and engine temperature. The idiot lights trigger at around 4-5 pounds and this is really pretty late for a warning; if the pressure is actually that low, not only lubrication is too little but the cooling effect of the circulating oil is inadequate.
If it was my car, I would replace both sensors before getting too worried. The cost of these together (parts only) should be well under $50 US.  

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