My oil sending unit crapped out and dumped all my oil, I want to buy a new one but, I want to find the broken one first. I was told its on the drivers side on the cam tower, (2001 grand am se 2.4) but still cant find it. I know im close to it though.
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Re: cant see oil sending unit
Hello ngranese: My name is Roger and I will help you. Locate the engine lift bracket on the front of the engine. look at the rear of the bracket next to the camshaft. You should see the switch. This bracket has a notch in it where it fits up to the cylinder head. This is where you will find the oil switch. Should you need any further help please just ask Please rate the quality of this answer as this way we know you received the correct answer. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
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It could be any number of things, most likely cause is you have a oil sending unit that is wore out and giving false readings. Either buy a new sending unit and change it out or hook an oil pressure tester to your engine and check the oil pressure.
I'd buy a new sensor and replace it myself, because the vehicle is 23 years old and probably the original sending unit, besides the oil sending unit has to be removed in order to check pressure with mechanical gauge anyway.
first need to buy oil pressure sending unit 3/8 deep socket remove oil pressure sending unit you need teflon tap sealer for oil sending unit threads.okay to replace oil pressure sending unit.you need safe raise support vechicle locate oil pressure sending unit next to the oil filter.disconnect oil pressure sending unit wire connector then use oil pressure sending unit 3/8 socket remove the sending unit.then take new oil pressure sending unit use teflon tape white plumbers tape or use thread sealer apply to the oil pressure sending unit threads then install new oil pressure sending unit and reconnect electrical connector to sending unit.then crank engine check for oil leak if all is good lower vechicle back to ground wait several minutes check engine oil level.you good to roll.
Either the oil filter gasket blew out due to a stuck pressure relief valve or if you just changed the filter then you left the old filter gasket on, they do stick and sometimes get missed. other possibilities are a hole in the oil pan or an oil pressure sending unit that has come apart..
im sure its just an oil filter leaking, just reach down and see if its loose buy trying to tighten it. if it tightens keep an eye on it too see if that fixes it. sometimes you just cant retighten it you have to change it, so that means oil change time. now if its not the filter. you may have to check the oil sending unit. different cars have them in different places, some buy the oil filter some on the top of motor some in the bottoms. if an iol sending unit is going bad you will have a trail of oil. and the car will sometime smoke really bad.. i hope this helps
What you are seeing is the oil pressure switch or sending unit. You need to replace it. Buy a new one at any auto parts store. You simply unscrew the old one and apply teflon tape to the threads on the new one. Screw it in and connect the wire.