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Old 10-15-2000, 09:13 PM
LarryBible
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As others have properly pointed out, check your guage before entering panic mode. The best way is to temporarily install a known good mechanical guage.

If you do indeed have oil pressure very near zero at idle, the engine needs attention.

It is a very common and almost always incorrect assumption to blame it on the pump. If the pressure comes up to 3 when you gas it, the problem is almost certainly not the pump. Oil pressure decreases when the resistance to oil flow decreases. This is most always worn bearings; mains, rods and cam bearings. It's a sign of a worn engine.

The good news for you is that the pressure comes to three. Check the guage, and do it, of course, at idle when hot.

Best of luck,

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