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Old 10-19-2017, 08:13 PM   #1
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oil pressure sensor

I have a blinking oil light on on my dash every once in a while it has approx 1600 miles on the new oil that was changed at the dealer, i checked the oil and it is full and clean so i am thinking it may be the pressure sensor but i have no idea where it is on the 3.0 DOHC motor any help would be helpful and i will get it changed before the snow falls.... as we are in the fall season and it's getting colder and i don't want to be crawling around my driveway if i don't know where it is and the dealership want 140 per hour plus part cost... the light goes out if i am driving it so it is only at idle when stopped and warmed up
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: oil pressure sensor

It is usually the oil pump and not the sensor for that motor. Unfortunately it is mounted on the crankshaft and I have never seen it changed in the vehicle, always the motor is pulled. I suggest a heavier oil.
Here is a video some guy did on the sensor replacement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMOB0NVdlvI
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:37 PM   #3
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Re: oil pressure sensor

i didn't have an issue with the vehicle till i had the oils changed at the dealer and now it only comes on when it's warm and at idle so they either put the wrong oil in it at the dealership or it's a faulty switch there are no noises out of the motor at all to the point where you can hardly hear it running if it is the oil pump you would think that there would be some clicking or something from the DOHC but nothing, as soon as i bring the rpms up 50rpm it goes out and stays out till i am at a light again oil level is at full mark, car doesn't overheat sits in the middle of the gauge so i have had one garage tell me it will cost me 40 for the part and half hour labour so i am thinking it can't be too hard to swap out i may look into it tomorrow just waiting for the rain to stop we are being hit with storm after storm on the west coast
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Re: oil pressure sensor

might look into seeing if i can adjust the idle i think i saw a screw on the throttle body but i thought these vehicles were drive by wire like my 2008 focus was so i will look into it when the temps come up a little more right now -7 and not going out and playing with it will keep informed i may just trade it in in the future
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Re: oil pressure sensor

No screw adjustment for the idle. But the IAC Valve could be dirty and need a cleaning to up the idle. I'm sure there are lots of posts on how to do that. Ford, in trying to get better mileage ratings, recommended 5w20, but that has been found to not be good for longevity, so 5w30 is recommended for past 60,000 on the odometer.
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Re: oil pressure sensor

yeah i just had it running in the driveway for 15-20 mins to warm it up and move things around it got to operating temp and the light didn't come on at all as i need to start driving it as my van is having trans issues and i just don't want to fix it at the moment it just cost me 3100 to get the trans rebuilt in the escape and if i do the van that's 1700 i just don't have that kind of cash to throw at things... so i will look into the iac tomorrow and clean it up just had to do that on the van as well so if that's what it is it is an easy repair, i have the new sending unit i just need to put it up on ramps and see where it is. also does anyone know if these vehicles came with the hood insulation i found it on fordparts.com but they don't list a price just says 0.00. thanks for the replies i will let you know what happens once i start driving it
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