Mechanics

OIL GUAGE DANCING AT IDLE.

1993 Ford Aerostar • 358,000 miles

At idle and hot the oil guage needle is dancing all over the place. At idle and cold and at any speed above idle needle hovers on the "M".

Oil pressure is good. Sending unit was replaced with no improvement.

Needle is dancing way to fast to show any pressure changes in the oil flow, so I assume that this is an electrical problem somewhere.

Mileage made it to 358,000 miles today, so little things like this are to be expected.

Anyone point me in the right direction to solve this problem?
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Mmerlinn
June 30, 2012.



I would say the guage it not good anymore. I would try to find one at a salvage or wrecking yard and replace it.

Racefan966
Jun 30, 2012.
If the gauge is not good any more, why would it be ONLY problematic at idle and hot? It seems to me if the gauge was bad, it would be problematic both hot and cold at idle OR problematic all of the time.

If the gauge is only bad at hot and idle, then at these miles it does not seem sensible for me to worry about changing it until it quits working altogether.

Tiny
Mmerlinn
Jul 1, 2012.
You really need to put a Manuel guage on it before replacing any parts

Tiny
Mikederouin88
Jul 1, 2012.
Is there anywhere on the engine, other than at the sending unit, to attach a manual gauge? The sending unit is a royal pain to access, so would rather attach manual elsewhere, if possible.

Tiny
Mmerlinn
Jul 1, 2012.
No you have to go through the sending unit. And if you are going to go through that trouble just install an after market gauge while your there

Tiny
Mikederouin88
Jul 2, 2012.
I would definetly use a manual guage and check to see if it really is flucuating. If so then you have an internal engine problem. You can add lucas oil stabilizer to buy you some time.

Racefan966
Jul 6, 2012.
There is no way that there is an internal engine problem for two reasons.

First, the fluctuations are instantaneous, like flipping a light switch on and off. Oil pressures do not fluctuate that fast.

Second, I have driven it like this for well over a thousand miles, both at highway speeds and in stop-and-go traffic around town without any other problems whatsoever.

My thoughts are that this is caused by a short somewhere, but the fact that it is a selective occurrence seems to rule that out.

Tiny
Mmerlinn
Jul 11, 2012.
As I have already said I believe it to be the guage (cluster). It don't have to be a short in the wire it can be the cluster I had to replace mine in my F-150 oil pressure guage just flickered then just quit. If you would unplug the sending unit and with the key on ground the wire if the guage pegs then wiring is good.

Racefan966
Jul 11, 2012.