EXPLORER CUT OFF WHILE DRIVING

  • Tiny
  • Lynn from sc
  • 2003 Ford Explorer
  • 160,000 miles

"Low Oil Pressure" message in the message center pops up. It cranks right back up and when I do a systems check it says oil pressure is ok. It cuts off randomly while driving. What is the problem?

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 3:03 PM

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  • Tiny
  • DrCranknWrench
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You might have a safety system that shuts the system for the engine off if the oil pressure is low. So, you might have a clog in your oil circuit or an a problem that is intermitant with the oil pump. Sometimes if the truck is running roung the pressure will drop low enough to have the pressure light come on as the pressure threshold is set to go off with just a small drop.
You might also have a failing oil pressure switch.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 3:43 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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Did you check the oil level?

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 3:50 PM
  • Tiny
  • Lynn from sc
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I do have a safety system that cuts off to insure no damage is done to motor. I did check the oil and it was about 1 quart low. I added oil but no change in the way the truck is running.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 6:08 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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You would need to test the pressure switch and oil pressure.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 6:44 PM

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