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    Default Erratic Oil Pressure

    Hello Folks,
    Coming home from out of town last night, I noticed the oil pressure on my 04 Tahoe was reading zero. I pulled over and checked the oil level and everything seemed OK. No overheating or anything out of the norm. I started it this morning and the pressure is reading fine. Could this be an oil pressure sending unit going bad or just a glitch in the electrical system?

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    Yes it could be the sending unit. If possible get the sending unit tested, and at the same time test get the gauge.
    I'm betting on the sending unit being bad.

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    I have a similar issue. It only happens when driving 20-30 miles in ston-and-go traffic. The oil pressure would keep showing lower and lower until it drops to 0. Is the sending unit getting hot? Kind of strange. I let it cool down, and it works again. I did not think there was anything there that would explaim why. Any ideas?

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    On a Dodge Durango I sometimes drive the gauge acts like that, but I can turn the vehicle off and right back on and it regains oil pressure. I always figured it was a sludge motor and/or the pump was going out. I wonder if that's the issue with it...

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    yeah sounds like there goin out a good way to see is look at the plug and disconnect it if theres any oil residue or moisture then chances are its shorting out oil residue means it starting to leak and the sensor is damaged most come off easy but you will need an special socket for em simple teflon tape on the threads after you have drianed your oil (recommend doin at oil change time) remove the old one and intsall the new one then add your oil and your all set

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    You shouldn't have to drain the oil to change the sending unit. The oil galleys are full/under pressure only when the engine is running. I did one on my 89 years ago. I might have lost a little oil, but not much.
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    Dec 2008
    Gettysburg, Pa.

    Default oil pressure

    I have a 97 k1500 and for nine years since I bought it the oil pressure is 20 at an idle and a little over 40 while driving. It is 40 to 60 until it gets warmed up. I run 5w-30 oil.

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    Gettysburg, Pa.

    Default oil pressure

    Just ignore my last post , sorry, somehow got it on the wrong thread.

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