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Old 12-11-2007, 01:26 PM   #26
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Re: Low oil pressure.

I unplugged it, key on engine off, and the gauge went all the way up. So should I R&R that sender? So if that is called oil pressure sender, what is the two wire one by the distributer(tor) called? I did plug it back in and start the truck and it still reads 15 so that eliminates a bad/dirty connection.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:46 PM   #27
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Re: Low oil pressure.

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So if that is called oil pressure sender, what is the two wire one by the distributer(tor) called?
It is easy to get lost in the terminology.

As for the one in your photo:
Some people will a sender
Some call it a sending unit
Some call it a sensor

It changes its resistance depending on the pressure applied to it.

As for the two wire one by the distributor, it is technically a switch. It is for the redundant circuit for supplying power to the electric fuel pump. When there is oil pressure, power flows through the switch for the fuel pump, and if it is working ok the truck would keep running if the fuel pump relay was removed after the truck was already running. If the fuel pump relay was left out the engine would have to crank until it had oil pressure, before there would be power supplied to the fuel pump for the truck to start.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:51 PM   #28
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Re: Low oil pressure.

ChevyTech or anyone keeping up on this thread, I cant get the sender loose, but the pipe that its sticking out of is loose, so before I take my air hack saw and cut enough off the sender to be able to spin that pipe out (and get the rest of the sender out once I get the pipe out) do you have any suggestions? I sprayed the sender threads with penetrating oil so maybe that will help. Also should I use thread tape on that pipe where it goes into the block?
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:30 PM   #29
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Re: Low oil pressure.

If you have decided to replace the sending unit, then I would have the new one in hand before taking the old one out. Just in case you need the truck to move. Now, it surprises me that the old one doesn't want to move, but then again it is metal and metal does weird things when it is old. If you have to destroy the old sender, then that is a choice that you can make. After the pipe is out check it over for any fatigue or cracks, before coating it with a teflon dope. If you use tape, then use it on the last few threads (threads up towards the pipe elbow, not the tip of the threads) that are engaged into the block. That way you get the sealing effect, and also the grounding effect of metal to metal contact for the sender to work properly. (this is important)

IF you try to take the sending unit out of the pipe elbow, the try as you can to use anothe wrench or small vice grip on the pipe to support the piece---don't want to break anything now.

Did you ever find a sending unit for less than $65.00? That sounds awful expensive.


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Old 12-11-2007, 07:17 PM   #30
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Re: Low oil pressure.

Well I got a replacement sender for that one I took a picture of for $21 w/tax at AZ. But as for the $65 one at Advance, they didnt have a picture on their computer or one in stock so I couldnt tell you if that was even the right one. Thanks for the info on the thread tape, that thing you said about grounding had never even crossed my mind. I guess you really do learn something new everyday.
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Re: Low oil pressure.

Thanks guys, especially you ChevyTech, I really appreciate your help. The first picture is for you ChevyTech and Pieces. The second picture is for you Pieces, I had to drill out most of the old sender that was left in the pipe and use that thing (cant remember what their called right now).
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Re: Low oil pressure.

You’re welcome. A thank you is always appreciated.

Good to hear you were successful.

Nice extractor and nice job of using it.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:41 PM   #33
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Re: Low oil pressure.

The word you may be looking for is an "extractor" or even and "Easy-out". The thing appears to be working now. Great. Y'all be welcome.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:50 PM   #34
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The word you may be looking for is an "extractor" or even and "Easy-out". The thing appears to be working now. Great. Y'all be welcome.
It was kinda late, and I was tired. I was thinking "easy out" but when I did a picture of a chain come along was popping into my head which created some confusion, so I just said I couldnt think of the name.
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Re: Low oil pressure.

I realize this is a ten year old thread, but I just found it useful for reference as I dealt with an identical problem, so here's my .02 in case someone else finds this thread again:

Mine is an '89 GMC 5.7, had similar oil pressure issues, which I traced to the sender down by the filter. Couldn't get the thing out of the brass connector. Tried going at the nut at the top with a deep socket, but that ended up making the sensor housing spin upon the base, still not freeing the lower threads from the brass connector. Was worried I'd have to cut it off and remove the brass fitting (which I didn't want to do because that fitting wasn't loose as with the previous poster).

Final solution, which worked great, was applying some heat. The sealant they put on the threads is quite responsive to heat I think. I have a small torch with a fine, directional flame, put that directly on the connection for awhile, and then it loosened up pretty well.
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