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Old 11-01-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Ranger oil gauge

I cranked the truck up this morning and everything was fine except I
noticed that the oil pressure gauge bottomed out a few seconds after it
started. It popped back up and then back down so I quickly shut the
truck off. I checked the dipstick and it was obviously slinging oil.
Turned the truck over again, it popped up, popped down and back up
quickly and stayed good all day. Could it have been simply a small clog
in the sending unit? the truck has 85,000 and runs great. I know that
gauge is basically an idiot light on a needle. any ideas? Thanks.
Houston

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Old 11-02-2005, 06:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ranger oil gauge

"Houston" <BHRomine@gmail.com> wrote in news:1130913433.402630.12650
@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:

> I cranked the truck up this morning and everything was fine except I
> noticed that the oil pressure gauge bottomed out a few seconds after it
> started. It popped back up and then back down so I quickly shut the
> truck off. I checked the dipstick and it was obviously slinging oil.


That's an unfortunate choice of words!!!

You didnt check the oil level?

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Old 11-02-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ranger oil gauge

Oil level was good. I could tell it was moving around because it was
risen on the dipstick.

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Old 11-02-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ranger oil gauge


"Houston" <BHRomine@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1130913433.402630.12650@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>I cranked the truck up this morning and everything was fine except I
> noticed that the oil pressure gauge bottomed out a few seconds after it
> started. It popped back up and then back down so I quickly shut the
> truck off. I checked the dipstick and it was obviously slinging oil.
> Turned the truck over again, it popped up, popped down and back up
> quickly and stayed good all day. Could it have been simply a small clog
> in the sending unit? the truck has 85,000 and runs great. I know that
> gauge is basically an idiot light on a needle. any ideas? Thanks.
> Houston
>


It could be a problem with the sending unit or system wiring. However, I
suggest you find an alternate way to verify the oil pressure because it
could also be a failing oil pump or main bearing problems.

mike


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Old 11-04-2005, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ranger oil gauge

Does it happen when the weather turns cooler, and never when the engine is
warm? If so, I believe the sending unit might be bad. I have the same
symptoms with my 2000 Explorer.


"Houston" <BHRomine@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1130913433.402630.12650@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>I cranked the truck up this morning and everything was fine except I
> noticed that the oil pressure gauge bottomed out a few seconds after it
> started. It popped back up and then back down so I quickly shut the
> truck off. I checked the dipstick and it was obviously slinging oil.
> Turned the truck over again, it popped up, popped down and back up
> quickly and stayed good all day. Could it have been simply a small clog
> in the sending unit? the truck has 85,000 and runs great. I know that
> gauge is basically an idiot light on a needle. any ideas? Thanks.
> Houston
>



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