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What causes low oil pressure

Oil pressure fluctuating at speeds

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Clearance on pump gears can cause this.depending on milage you may want to replace pump.

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oil sending units go out occasionaly and dont really mess anything up other than leaking oil on the ground just make sure you have the correct amount of oil in the motor and youll be fine. i just changed mine it quit working around 75,000 miles and i helped change my friends on his dodge he was around 87,000 miles. we both done this last year and no problems have come from it....

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