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Oil light comes on when I come to a stop. Any ideas?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DaveCanuck, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Jan 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM
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    DaveCanuck

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    '97 4WD, 4cyl. 233,000 miles on the motor. I had the oil changed recently, and the level looks good.

    All of a sudden starting last night when I come to a stop the oil light comes on. Would this possibly be the oil pump starting to go?
     
  2. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:03 AM
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    uberjason

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    I had a ford truck that had this issue, it was the oil pressure sensor gummed up causing the oil pressor (gauge) to go to zero. Replaced it and all was well. Never had that issue on my Taco however.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    MowTaco

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    Maybe... JUST MAYBE... You're low on oil?


    :D
     
  4. Jan 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    DaveCanuck

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    Nope, level is OK.

    I did a bit of digging around on Google and the common issues around this seem to be oil sludging/blocking engine ports, sender unit, or oil pump.

    Hopefully it's just the sender unit.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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    I had a '99 Ford ranger that had a bad oil pressure sensor, try replacing that, should be about $10-$15 for the sensor and a little elbow grease to replace it...
     
  6. Jan 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    my car did that once..... so i put oil in it. light went away!

    but on a serious note, if you run seafoam through your engine could it help get the sludge out?
     
  7. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    check your battery connection. When the idol gets low enough they will sometimes trip the light.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM
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    AndrewFalk

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    :)
    That what I was thinking due to the fact that the light only comes on when stopped.
     
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