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Oil pressure dial plays around.

Hello all silly one maybe, my oil gauge stays in the red zone oil level is fine I checked that before. Once the car is running, it stays in the red zone still, however then sometimes it just plays around middle near the top etc.
I replaced the switch in the oil tank itself ?

I undid the wire to the oil level switch, that sits inside the oil tank it then goes to the top on the dial.

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Where the needle indicates when the engine is warmed up is what is relevant for the guage. Make sure the dip stick level showing is compatible with what you are seeing on the guage when oil is warm (if you want to trust the guage).

When I start mine the oil guage is in the red. As it warms up the needle moves toward centre. When driving it moves back down, and back to centre when engine is not under load (when coming to a stop).

If you do a search you will read up on what happens if you fill oil when the engine is cold using the guage as a guide. As it warms the oil expands and you will experience overfill symptoms.

It's uncanny to look at an oil guage that is in the red after starting the car. I check using the dipstick regularly to comfirm what the guage is indicating.

Hope this helps.
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So are you refering to oil level or oil pressure (your title says oil pressure, but you indicate oil level in your post)?
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As per my first topic in the message its the gauge that has the red zone in the dial and white at the top. The oil pressure one is the duck dial gauge one that goes 0-5.

Sorry for the mistake.
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Where the needle indicates when the engine is warmed up is what is relevant for the guage. Make sure the dip stick level showing is compatible with what you are seeing on the guage when oil is warm (if you want to trust the guage).

When I start mine the oil guage is in the red. As it warms up the needle moves toward centre. When driving it moves back down, and back to centre when engine is not under load (when coming to a stop).

If you do a search you will read up on what happens if you fill oil when the engine is cold using the guage as a guide. As it warms the oil expands and you will experience overfill symptoms.

It's uncanny to look at an oil guage that is in the red after starting the car. I check using the dipstick regularly to comfirm what the guage is indicating.

Hope this helps.
Thanks it helps a lot that is what happens like you said, I do still check the oil level with the dip stick as well.

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