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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 10, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Camaro owner... but a ford question

Don't get mad, but this about my Ford E-150 van. Started to work today and got just down the road and saw oil light flash and oil pressure down to zero!! Dang!! So, I pulled into parking lot and shut it off. started it back up and pressure was fine, let idle for a minute and it went down again. So, it is ok when you first start it then it goes up and down after a minute.
Limped it back home, pulling over about 8 times to start it back up to make sure oil was still getting in engine. Changed oil and filter to see in case filter was clogged. seemed to help some but still goes up and down.

Any ideas ? Oil pump go out? Screen filter clogged?
I'll make sure next question is on Camaro.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 10, 05:39 PM
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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

Problem is...It'd a FORD LOL

Now that that's out of the way, what's he oil level when off and cool?

If oill level is OK, could be that the pump pickup came off of the pump...make sit pump oil when the level is high enough to be sucked in without the pickup tube, but once the initial pumpin is done, cannot "grab" any more oil...

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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

Keith, you seem to be answering all of my dumb questions tonight. Ever had one of those weeks when everything tears up? I have.
Now, if the oil pickup is off, I assume I will have to remove pan. Just wondering if it will come off without raising motor some.
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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

Oil psi switch probley bad or did it knock when the psi went down ,if it didn't put a new psi swich in the try it again unless you have a oil psi tester change a bunch of these psi switches, OH AND THE FORD PICKUP SCREENS BOLT DOWN SO THEY CANT FALL OUT IF ITS A 302 OR 351 OR IS IS A NEWER VAN WITH THE 5.4 OR 4.6

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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

Jeff, I've seen that happen when the oil pump shaft starts to spin in the distributor drive gear.
The hex starts to round off and some times it slips and then catches. The easy thing to do is pull the distributor and check the shaft/drive gear for wear.

Did the engine make any noises that sounded like low pressure? You could try an oil pressure switch.

(Edit: I just saw the post above mine.)

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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

Jeff,
One other thing to check is the oil drainbacks in the corners of the heads. Ford uses 4 pretty small holes to drain the oil back to the pan and if they get sludged up the valve covers fill up with oil and you start losing pressure.

This only pertains to the traditional small blocks by the way, not the newer modular engines.

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Thanks for these Ford answers as bad as it hurts to do it. I forgot to mention that it is a 2001. If that helps any
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Re: Camaro owner... but a ford question

I would check the oil pressure sending unit. My dad has a 96 ranger and in the past he had issues with fluctuating oil pressure. The sending unit was the culprit. I think it was about 8 bucks. Check the simple cheap stuff first.

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