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Old 30 Dec 2012, 01:49 pm
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Default Low oil pressure

Howdy folks

Started my PT 2.4 Ltd this morning and the oil pressure warning lamp on the dash didn't go out. Oil level is ok on the stick but I have noticed some drips of oil on my driveway.

I'm worried about running the engine now as the book says stop immediately and don't drive until the problem is fixed. Sound like I might need to get it towed unless there's anything I can look at myself.

Unfortunately the weather here is rain for forty days and nights and I don't have a garage. Think I'll trade for an ark! Lucky for me I live on top of a hill.

Happy New Year to you all...
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 01:58 pm
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Don't give up the ghost yet. It may only be a leaking and bad sensor unit these seem to be notoriously famous for both. Get a new sensor before any other action.
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 02:28 pm
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Thanks for the tip, I'll get one, they seem cheap enough. In the mean time is there an easy way to measure the oil pressure with gauge of some sort?
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Thanks for the tip, I'll get one, they seem cheap enough. In the mean time is there an easy way to measure the oil pressure with gauge of some sort?
I'm not sure if there is another access for it other than the hole for the sender. But leaking and false readings are a more than common occurrence on the 2.4. I woulden't feel compeled to use oem. IMHO any manufacture can do as well.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Old 30 Dec 2012, 05:42 pm
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I've just ordered a replacement sensor and will attempt to fit it when it arrives. Had a quick check around the back of the engine block and it seems to be dry around where the sensor is fitted so my oil leak is another problem to deal with.

I hope it is just the sensor and nothing more serious. I won't be driving it until I know for sure. Looks like I might have 'fun' trying to get in there to change it.
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I've just ordered a replacement sensor and will attempt to fit it when it arrives. Had a quick check around the back of the engine block and it seems to be dry around where the sensor is fitted so my oil leak is another problem to deal with.

I hope it is just the sensor and nothing more serious. I won't be driving it until I know for sure. Looks like I might have 'fun' trying to get in there to change it.
Skinny arms sure help! Good idea to be sure and wait for the sensor. I't never a good idea to assume on such a potentially risky item. But I would say your are good on the percentages.
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 06:47 pm
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@Stempy - oh my, I hope to heck it's not the problem I just went through, my rear main seal blew out. Started with a few small drips of oil, then started getting the oil pressure code and man oh man it was going through a quart of oil every two weeks. Thank goodness mine had the lifetime drivetrain warranty or it would have costed me a minimum of $700, per the dealership!
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Old 05 Jan 2013, 11:30 am
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Well I swapped out the pressure sender today. Was a much simpler job than I thought and took me just half an hour. Sadly the oil pressure warning light remains lit up with the engine running so not sure on my next move yet.

I'm wondering if it could be a blocked or faulty oil filter as I changed it recently.
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Old 05 Jan 2013, 11:28 pm
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How many miles do you have on your engine? Unfortunately, oil pressure is also
directly related to main bearing and rod bearing clearances as well as cam bearing clearances, if I recall.
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Well I swapped out the pressure sender today. Was a much simpler job than I thought and took me just half an hour. Sadly the oil pressure warning light remains lit up with the engine running so not sure on my next move yet.

I'm wondering if it could be a blocked or faulty oil filter as I changed it recently.
Did you clear the codes?
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