Oil light

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD TAURUS
Engine Mechanical problem
1998 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 74000? Miles

is it more common for oil light switch to go or more common for oil pump or bearings.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 2:01 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Usually with that mileage it is the Switch.

One sure fire way to tell is to test Oil Pressure.

But, if think you can replace it yourself the cost of the switch is only about $10 - $15.

Also, with engine running do you hear any tapping from the engine? If not then I would say that it is the switch.

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 2:19 PM
Tiny
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No tapping of the motor. Pretty quite lets hope its the switch thank you very much for the input.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 2:40 PM
Tiny
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Know Problem.

Thats what we're here for.

Let me know the results.

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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I'm asking about my car through this question because it is exactly what is going on with mine now.
I replaced the switch already and there never was any light to begin with but, there is tapping, and I know there is no oil on the heads because when I put oil onto them, they quieted right down.
So, would I need to replace the pump since the sensor/switch is good?
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Friday, October 22nd, 2021 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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Hello,

Best course of action would be to test the oil pressure. This way you will know if the pressure is insufficient.
You can install an oil pressure gauge to the same spot where the sensor is.
This vehicle should have 40-60 PSI of oil pressure at 2,500 RPMs.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/high-or-low-engine-oil-pressure

I have attached diagrams for your reference.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Monday, October 25th, 2021 AT 2:31 PM

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