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As soon as i turn motor on the check gauge light comes on - the oil pressure drops and then the instrument panel said stop motor - it has not been running for a couple years

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Check the oil level in the engine. Have the oil pressure checked with a manual gauge hooked directly up to the engine to see if the pressure is good.

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00134_oil_pressure_switch_gauge.jpgInformation relay unit for the indicator light or gauge on instrument panel. It contains a diaphragm that responds to changes in oil pressure. When the oil level is over a pre-set limit, the diaphragm opens the switch, turning off the light. When level is below the pre-set limit, the dash light comes on. In later model cars, if the oil pressure drops, the switch turns off the fuel pump, to stop the engine and limit damage to internal parts. Oil pressure switches can be grouped into two categories, units for electrical gauges and for mechanical gauges.

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  • Disconnect the wire from the sending unit and use an open ended wrench to remove the sender. Using pliers can damage the unit.
f43-19.jpg An oil pressure sending unit is removed with a special socket. Courtesy of Chrysler Corporation.
  • Tighten the oil pressure test gauge into the hole in the block where the sender was removed.
f11-15_3184.gif Measuring oil pressure. Reprinted with permission.
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1. Fuel gauge sending unit- you will need to replace the fuel sending unit on your Olds. its located inside the actual fuel tank. there's a floater attached to this Assembly and , its broken. you will have to replace the entire assembly. you will also have to drop the fuel tank to access it as well.

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Inspecting all the above areas and replacing parts if needed, will fix your gauge issues.

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