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I have a 1996 Dodge Ram with a lot of miles on it. I noticed last night that the oil pressure is fluxuating quite a bit. It will go from 40 down to 20 and back up and then to low and then back to 40 for a minute and then down to 10 and so on. What do you think the problem is and where should I start to fix it?

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Is the oil low? It does this a steady engine speed? Maybe the oil pressure sender is bad.

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