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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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just a quick question, i've got a 350 sb in a 69 camaro, I have good pressure while cruising (50psi) but at idle this drops to 15 psi, the guage is a mechanical autometer. Is this normal? thanks in advance for replies.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 08:23 AM
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Re: oil pressure

Assuming the engine is warm I'd say it's good.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 08:26 AM
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Re: oil pressure

Agree,..you're fine. If you'd like to see more pressure at warm idle you could switch to 10-40 (assuming you're using 10-30).
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Re: oil pressure

currently using 5-30 mobile 1, thanks for the replies

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 11:39 AM
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A minimum of about 12 psi at idle (550-750 RPM) is okay. The thinner the oil is the lower the pressure will be. I think your okay. If that is an old style 350 SBC, I would change to 10W-30 or 15W-40 Mobil 1. 5W-30 Mobil 1 is for newer engines.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 06, 07:19 PM
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Re: oil pressure

a small block will live with as little as 1 psi /100 rpm at idle EG 500rpm=5psi
yes i would like more also.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 06, 06:08 AM
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Re: oil pressure

oil pressure is fine but ditch the 5-30 from the camaro ,
use the 5-30 in your mini van LOL!!!
in the heat of summer I use 20-50 in my camaro

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