Low oil pressure reading

Tiny
STEELERDYNASTY
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  • 2004 TOYOTA SEQUOIA
  • 4.7L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 156,000 MILES
My Oil pressure gauge is always low (actually bottomed out), running and/or at idle.
I just completed an oil change, changed the oil filter, and oil pressure sending unit. No improvement. The vehicle still runs and sounds great, but the gauge is still bottomed out.
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Monday, July 19th, 2021 AT 7:02 AM

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Tiny
SEAN M
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Hello,

Have you got a chance to test the oil pressure?

This is the ideal Oil pressure
at idle speed .................... 29 kPa (0.3 kgf/cm2, 4.3 psi) or more
at 3,000 rpm .................... 294 - 588 kPa (3.0 - 6.0 kgf/cm2, 43 - 85 psi)

If you don't have any drivability issue and you have changed out the sensor with no visible difference in the gauge it might simply be a faulty gauge.

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

I have attached the oil pressure testing procedure for your reference.

Let me know of any questions.

Thank you.
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Monday, July 19th, 2021 AT 7:21 AM
Tiny
ROY B
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Good morning,

I would have the actual pressure tested with a gauge.

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

They remove the sender and insert a gauge. If it reads low like the gauge it could be the oil pump just keeping up with the needs of the engine. If it shows high, then it could be wiring or the dashboard is the issue.

I attached the specs below for you.

Oil pressure
at idle speed .................... 29 kPa (0.3 kgf/cm2, 4.3 psi) or more
at 3,000 rpm .................... 294 - 588 kPa (3.0 - 6.0 kgf/cm2, 43 - 85 psi)

The oil pump is a major job as the engine has to be removed for this.

I also attached the wiring diagram of the sender for you. You should use a scan tool to see if the ECM sees anything different than the gauge on the dash.

Roy
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Monday, July 19th, 2021 AT 7:38 AM
Tiny
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Thank you both! I will go and grab a pressure tester today and see what that reveals. The oil pump repair does not sound affordable.
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Monday, July 19th, 2021 AT 7:52 AM
Tiny
ROY B
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You are welcome.

Always glad to help.

Roy
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Monday, July 19th, 2021 AT 7:55 AM
Tiny
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I was finally able to get the pressure tested. I have attached a picture of where the reading finally settled at idle after warming to temperature. Initially, it was a high as 40 PSI according to this reading at startup. I have a BlueDriver OBD Scan tool as well as using Torque Pro on Android so I'm going to see what kind of readings I get on the oil pressure from those.
Hopefully, the great ideas are abundant! Thanks again for your help.
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Sunday, August 1st, 2021 AT 8:46 AM
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ROY B
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Okay, 20 is low. Now, with the gauge still installed, put the truck in gear to lower the RPM and see if the pressure drops.

Roy
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Sunday, August 1st, 2021 AT 8:50 AM

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