1994 Ford F-150 oil pressure

Tiny
PORTHOS1
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  • 1994 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,500 MILES
This vehicle has a oil pressure problem. It starts and runs great. Has good power and everything. I just recently purchased it and noticed after driving awhile that the gauge was hovering around the low mark regardless how my rpm were. I replaced the assending unit and it worked better. WEll then tonight I was drving it and when the engine became normal temp the gauge would drop down at idle. Engine wouldnt stall or even run bad. No knocks that I know of. I rev it and the gauge goes back up. I have read bearing problems, bad shaft in pump or I am fine and need a new gauge. Any thoughts? The truck is spotless so it doesnt seem mistreated.
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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 AT 11:41 PM

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Tiny
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You need to temporarily connect a mechanical gauge to it so see some hard numbers.

10 psi for every 1000 rpm is a general rule for most engines, but Ford likes to run 0-30 weight oil. So I would depending on your oil it may be about 7psi/1000rpm.
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 AT 1:42 AM
Tiny
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Does that mean I need to temp. Change the assending unit to get that reading or rent or buy a mechanical pressure tool and hook it to the existing assending unit?
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 AT 8:18 AM
Tiny
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Yes, you will need to remove the electrical sensor and install the mechanical gauge.

If you dont have a testing gauge, a cheap option is to buy one of those add on kits that you install in the dash (just dont put it in the dash)
they run about 25 bucks at most part stores
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 AT 12:09 PM
Tiny
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I just got done installing it. I let it warm up and then stopped to check it while idling. Its about 6. Its between the 0 and 10 mark but a little higher. Am I good. Doesnt have a rpm gauge on it. Runs fine. I going to change the oil tommorow with some heaver weight. 10w-40 or 50? Or I am good.
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 AT 9:37 PM
Tiny
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That is a little low. (But still barely safe)
What does the gauge do when you rev it up?

Try a fresh oil change with 10-40 and see how it responds.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 12:47 AM
Tiny
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When I rev it up at idle or driving the pressure rises. Still no engine noises or anything. I will flush the oil and put in a thicker oil.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 12:52 AM

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