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wetstuff
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Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Salisbury Maryland
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Oil light flickers....

Flickers at idle. At 205,000mi .. this is the first sign of late stage, serious issues. I still have the original, 2001 exhaust .. on my second set of brakes, etc. so the truck has been very good to me.

What little direct knowledge I have about low oil pressure comes from old engines ('68 International, 1957 Furgeson tractor) where the pressure bottoms out at idle. I gather this means the clearance on the main bearings is simply too wide to hold the pressure.. maybe?

I pretty much hold to the "every 3k" oil change (it's cheap..) and only a coupla times have let it get low on the stick.. It does burn between changes .. and the tail pipe has a black ring around the edges. I'm posting in case one of you had the same symptoms.. and could share how you handled it.

I bought my wife a Volvo wagon and I have been planning on assuming her '01 ML320 anyway (100k) .. I'd keep the 'Scape in 'Snow Reserve' and as an in-house service rental. ..plus, it's the only one with a hitch. Let me know if you've dealt with the flickering light. Thanks.

Jim

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Big Jim
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Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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you pretty much understand what is going on. The basic principles of engine design have not changed.

Before condemning the main bearings though, try changing the oil pressure sender on the slight chance that the sender is at fault.

The way to really know for sure is to take an oil pressure reading, but it is less costly to just replace the sender.

From my experience, you may still have a lot of engine life remaining even after you start to drop oil pressure at idle.


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wetstuff
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Registered: Aug 2004
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... thanks Jim. Yaaa ..that's what I 'spct'd. Hell, it's not over 'till a rod is knocking out a 3/4 beat and throwing straight 40W out the breather! Cheers.

Jim

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Let us know what happens??


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2G Sport
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Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Had this happen to me right before 160K. Had the mechanic change the oil pressure switch and the light stopped flickering. Crossing fingers for you! I am hoping to take this thing well over 200K if I can. Good to see that it is not unusual.

Everything on my '01 is original besides the IAC, DPFE (x2), and the water pump.


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wetstuff
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Registered: Aug 2004
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... LIGHT's OUT. I switched from 5-20 to a syn-blend 10-40. I fully expect the engine to be worn at 200+k .. I just don't want to be reminded of it every time the engine idles.

I was thinking, I run on CC at almost every opportunity, my typical tach speed is about 1,800rpm. If I use a 38mph avg., I gather I have about 5,400hrs on it. I am very pleased with the very little maint. required to this point.


Jim

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wetstuff
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... two weeks on - the flickering oil light has gone away. I'll be sticking with 10-40, 'till I need straight 40W.

Jim

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aspitaletto
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great to hear !


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wetstuff
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Ooooops! Spoke too soon. 'Flicker-Flicker'..

I have an oil leak anyway, so maybe I'll have the OPS done at the same time.

Jim

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robgib
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Registered: Jan 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
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I've had the flicker for a couple of years now (2001 V6 XLt 4x4) Have replaced the sender to no avail. I have about 132,+ on mine and am just not worrying about it anymore, the car runs great and doesn't burn any 5-20 oil. If anybody has a solution though I'd love to hear it.
Rob

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wetstuff
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Registered: Aug 2004
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Thanks Rob - I'll follow your lead. I can live with the smell..and save the $$.

Jim

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