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2004 Passat stop engine low oil pressure light was on checked oil..level is fine. Sounds like lifters clacking. Any ideas what could b going on

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You have low oil pressure ! Do not drive ! Sounds like the engine main bearings and or cam bearing in worn causing low oil pressure ! Make sure your oil is in good condition ! If so then unfortunately your engine is worn and will probably require replacement !

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