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When I idle, i hear i really load ticking coming from under the hood. Our oil pressure is ALWAYS low. We put oil in it like every other week... one day we put oil in and the ticking stopped completely and now its pack again. Any suggestions?

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I recommend taking the vehicle to a mechanic to check the oil system. You should not have to put oil into your car that frequently -- it probably has a leak in the system, and fixing that should help you out. While they are checking for leaks, you should also have them take a look at your oil pump -- if your pressure is always low, you probably have a weak pump that needs replacement (or the pump itself might be where you are losing the oil -- which would mean a new pump would keep you from losing oil as well as help stop the ticking and the pressure problem. You can probably go to a junk yard and get a used oil pump pretty cheap -- if you are confident in your skills, you should be able to replace it (probably for less money than having a mechanic look at it) so this might be a good first step. If that does not solve the issue, take it in for a check-up. If your oil system fails while you are on the road, you can ruin your engine and end up costing yourself a lot of money in the long run.

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