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Oil light comes on intermittantly at idle RPM; off at higher RPM. Car was just in for maintenance and oil level appears to be OK.

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    I had the oil pan removed & strainer on oil pickup cleaned I still have the problem. I could just speed the engine a little & it would go out now I have to race the engine higher


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Probably the engine bearings are getting a little worn. Using 10/40 instead of 10/30 oil will improve idle oil pressure as will replacing the oil pump and cleaning the intake screen. Make sure the idle speed is set correctly.

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