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Old 10-19-2011, 06:04 PM
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1996 PowerStoke Oil Pressure problem Gauge???

I was driving my 96 F350 Powerstroke around, Normally the Oil preasure gauge reads on the M of normal, Sunday I took it out for a trip Noticed my gauge was at O on Normal by the time I got home it was on N of Normal, I checked my oil and nothing was on the stick. (My oil pan apperantly has a hole which is another issue) back to the oil preasure problem, I added 10 quarts of oil . I started the truck up and oil preasure guage is reading below normal, its between Low and N more towards low, The truck Runs great, Still has great power starts great. Did my guage go bad or did I spin somebearings? The truck really runs to good in my opinion to be bearings but who knows.

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That oil guage is only a dummy switch. The guage only reads 9 PSI. So, as long as your truck is making 9 psi of base engine oil pressure, then your guage will come up. Its def not a guage to worry too much about. The nice thing about our trucks is that the oil makes the injectors fire( through the hpop) . If there's not enough oil to make the hpop create pressure, then the truck won't run. It still has enough to make sure the bearings are lubricated, but not enough to run, so it will shut down, and in turn save the engine.


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I noticed on the way home It almost felt like I lost a injector but it went away and like I said I made it home,Im thinking the injectors might have been getting ready to shut down, i added oil and the injector hasnt acted up since, im just suprised the oil preasure gauge didnt go back out, Im going to try and put a manual gauge on it tomorrow Im just hoping its all good I dont like driving the truck with the gauge on low oil preasure.
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I hear ya. I did the same thing and tapped into the square headed plug right by the oil filter on the rib of the block. Normal oil pressure at idle when up to temp is 20 psi. Running when warm down the interstate and such is around 30 to 40

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