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Check engine light, oil pressure goes up and down, and when I start the engine I hear a lot of noise on the left side of the engine that lasts for a minute. I'm thinking the oil pump is the problem.

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Check the oil filter,or change it,it may have stopped up,then go from there,have the oil pressure checked also,oil pumps can go out,but most of the time it is the rod,and main bearings that have to much space in them and cause this,or the oil pump strainer is stopped up,pull the pan to inspect.

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