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My oil pressure gage is in the red and doesnt move but i have lots of oil in it and i havent lost any it is a 96 explorer xl

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Is the low oil pressure light on?
If the tappets are not noisey and the motor is not making any abnormal 'rattly' noises you may only have a faulty oil gauge pressure sender.
Replace the pressure sender, and if there is any remaining doubt get the oil pressure checked with an independant gauge before driving vehicle further.

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The oil gauge is not working had a new put in but that wasnt the problem.


One of four things is happening:

1. You are very low on oil, but probably you already checked that

2. The oil pump is not working, but the engine would not last long with no oil circulating.

3 The oil pressure sending unit is defective. This is a unit that send an electrical signal to the gage proportionate to the pressure it is measuring from the engine. If the pressure gage is bad then you get no signal and nothing is measured on the oil pressure gage. Also check the wires from the sending unit to make sure they are not frayed or broken.

4. The oil pressure gage is defective. Yes even new guages can be defective. Check the new gage to make sure is is operating properly. (external voltage check)


The only other possibility is that the engine is loosing lots of oil pressure due to excessive wear.

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