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Oil pressure gauge goes down when i make a stop and goes back up when i take off. after a while the emission light appears on console

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Check the oil sending unit.

Is it a leaker?

Also check the wire from the oil sending unit.

It can be ground to the frame or motor.

Use nylon tie to make sure it's secure and the wire insulation is in good shape.

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You can get an OBDII code reader and get the code easily,

Get the PXXXX code(s) and post it on the comment window.

I will follow up later.

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