2001 Ford Taurus Oil Light

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
Oil light comes on after approximately 1/2 hour of driving.

Vehicle has oil in it. Engine does not sound or run differently.

It is with our daughter at college and I am trying to get an idea of what is wrong.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 7:50 PM

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Tiny
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I would suspect and replace oil pressure switch as a 1st step
if that didn't help oil pump would be the next step
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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How do I test the oil pressure switch?

Where is the oil pressure switch and what tools are required to replace it?

If I have to replace the oil pump, do I have to drop the exhaust and any cross members to get to the oil pan? What else is involved in replacing the pump?

I have to drive 150 miles and I want to make sure I have what tools I need.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 8:08 PM
Tiny
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I would suggest getting the new oil pressure switch it require a special socket it just twist off
few turns and its out
you can try deep sockets on the new switch if dont have the special socket
you need to know engine size at the part store
it should be priced under $20

for you to test oil pressure
you need a set of special gauges remove oil pressure switch
install in its place and start and drive the car watch oil pressure


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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick replies. I appreciate the information.

Take care.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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Took about 10 minutes of looking at the diagram, the engine, etc, to realize the diagram was showing the back of the engine, not the front.

Once I got it located, it was a five minute job.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 AT 4:03 PM

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