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Old 03-06-2003, 04:34 PM
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Question W124 oil pressure sender questions (yeah, I did the search)

While replacing some other items on my W124, I happened upon a severely deteriorated ancillary chassis harness (cracked insulation, etc.) It comprised of three wires, connected via a three-prong connection behind the engine firewall on the driver's side. I determined one of these goes to the oil pressure sender, as I have noticed intermittent operation of the oil pressure gauge lately.

The wires routed just adjacent to the oil filter, and from what I could tell, connected to 1) starter solenoid ground, 2) some sensor on the oil pan, and 3) I would guess the oil pressure sender.

Dealer was NO help on a replacement (said I needed to purchase the $600 kit-and-kaboodle harness ). I have assorted reels of automotive wiring, so I decided to fabricate my own.

Now to the problem. Oil gauge pegs to the highest reading when turning ignition ON (and remains there whether engine is running or not). Goes back to zero when key is OFF.

I don't believe I screwed up my homemade harness (only three wires). At least I know the starter wire is correct. Am I correct about the connection on the oil pan being the oil level sender? And the mysterious one (couldn't tell from my location underneath the car) that that would be the oil pressure sender? Is it supposed to be located near the oil filter?
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:01 PM
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I wanted to make sure everything was hooked up properly, so I swapped pins (dumb and possibly expensive diagnostic) to make sure everything was connected as it should.

Car wouldn't start, or oil level light illuminated when the pins were placed improperly. So at least I know I built the harness correctly.

The interesting thing is that the pressure gauge would be pegging even if disconnected from the connector, as long as the oil level sender was connected. Do these two share a common connection or switch somewhere?
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:42 PM
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Could your sender have coincidentally bad at the time you built the harness? My gauge pegged at max without the engine running when the gauge went south.
So was your gauge the problem or the sender?
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Could your sender have coincidentally bad at the time you built the harness? My gauge pegged at max without the engine running when the gauge went south.
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Dang, I hate posting from the office. Got in a hurry and messed that up. In my case the sending unit went bad, causing the gauge to peg at all times.

Using an Ohm meter (or Ohm scale on a DMM) attach one lead to the post on the sender and the other lead to the block. If the sender is bad you'll show no resistance. If the sender checks out, double check your harness for an open line.
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Old 03-07-2003, 05:36 PM
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Will do this weekend.
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