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Old 09-12-2012, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Pressure Gauge

I'm away from my truck right now, but my wife is worried that something might be wrong with my truck. She noticed that the oil pressure gauge jumps around a lot when driving. I don't recall this, but I haven't driven the truck in about 10 months. To me it seems that it is probably normal and she is just worrying that if she messes up my truck I will kill her. Any of your gauges jump around a lot under normal driving condition?
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Mine normally has very little fluctuation. Fluctuation can be a very good indication of a low oil level. I'd check it as soon as possible...after my last oil change (which was just a filter change & top off), I started it up for the first time and my gauge fluctuated noticeably, but that was because I was a quart low and hadn't checked or filled it yet. After I topped it off the fluctuation was gone.
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Hmm, the truck has 5000 miles on it and has only had 1 oil change done. My wife sent me some pics of the gauge and it seems to sit at about half-way when cruising around the neighborhood(20 mph) and under acceleration, it jumps to about 3/4. Seems to me, that it is just indicating good compression. The gauge is rather large too, so maybe that's why she is noticing it. A lot of vehicles don't have pressure gauges.
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sounds about normal. mine moves about the same. nice smooth motion with the engine speed. Yes it is large, and my wife has asked the same question as to weather or not it was normal.
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Yeah, if it's a new truck and y'all have just never noticed it, it probably is normal range of motion. The original post is describing a lot of jumping.

Mine is an old truck, with lots of miles, and I'm always under acceleration! My gauge is always just over half to about three quarters.

I'd still check the oil...but I always like to know what my dipstick says, especially after an oil change.
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Yeah, if it's a new truck and y'all have just never noticed it, it probably is normal range of motion. The original post is describing a lot of jumping.

Mine is an old truck, with lots of miles, and I'm always under acceleration! My gauge is always just over half to about three quarters.

I'd still check the oil...but I always like to know what my dipstick says, especially after an oil change.
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Yeah, my dipstick talks to me...it's important that everyone gets a vote, and that their voice is heard.
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agreed this is normal. BUT, once oil is at operating temps this fluctuation should be much smaller to no fluctuation. It is definitely noticeable when first starting and driving for the first 10-15 minutes. I try to baby the truck more during this time.
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Major problem, you let your wife drive your truck! Don't do that and problem solved.
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its normal,just drive it.
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