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94 Chevy C3500 5.7L oil pressure sw on right side of block in the middle that has only 1 wire. It does not run the oil gauge as it still works when unplugged.

It is leaking oil and needs to be replaced, only no one can find a part # for it.

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I think the switch you are describing is the knock sensor on those trucks. It screws into the block right below the exhaust manifold and only has one wire that is in a round housing plug

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Take the sensor to oriely's ,or autozone and have them match the sensor those trucks have two oil sensors or switches as most people call them the one behind the intake at the back of the engine is your oil gauge the other is the computer switch for other purposes like for the fuel pump or etc
Purpose: As a back-up system to the fuel pump relay, the fuel pump is also turned ON by the oil pressure switch. Operation: When the engine oil pressure reaches about 28 kPa (4 psi), through cranking the oil pressure switch will close to complete the circuit to the fuel pump.


94 Chevy C3500 5.7L oil pressure sw on right side  - 25636349-twokmmoxmconkg43teug4wwl-5-0.jpg The one you need that is behind the exhaust is a oil pressure sensor .
the one up behind intake is a oil pressure switch

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f43-19.jpg An oil pressure sending unit is removed with a special socket. Courtesy of Chrysler Corporation.
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f11-15_3184.gif Measuring oil pressure. Reprinted with permission.
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f43-19.jpg An oil pressure sending unit is removed with a special socket. Courtesy of Chrysler Corporation.
  • Tighten the oil pressure test gauge into the hole in the block where the sender was removed.
f11-15_3184.gif Measuring oil pressure. Reprinted with permission.
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