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Oil Light is on

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vrillmar, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Dec 22, 2009 at 6:36 AM
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    Hi everyone I am from Costa Rica and just bought a Tacoma 97, gasoline, 4WD, manual.
    After I reduce to 700 rpm the Oil Light goes on when the car stops. The oil level is good, it have new oil pump, new oil filter base and new oil filer cap. Any suggestions what can be the problem?
     
  2. Dec 22, 2009 at 6:44 AM
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    Is this the light you are referring to?
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  3. Dec 22, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    how many miles r on it?might have a bunch of sludge built up in the heads(oil return holes) not allowing oil to drain to bottom of motor.or just a bad sending unit(which tells the light to come on).
     
  4. Dec 22, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    Pull the sending unit and hook up an oil pressure gauge to ensure that you have proper pressure at idle.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2009 at 6:57 AM
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  6. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    Yes this is the light
     
  7. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    85K miles, How I can clean the heads?
     
  8. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:16 AM
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    OK I will do that, thanks
     
  9. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    If your oil pressure is OK on the gauge (not sure what it is supposed to be). I would consider replacing the sensor.
     
  10. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    Is this a 4 banger or 6? Aside from tearing it down, you really can't get it all out. One thing that will help is switching to a synthetic oil and increasing you oil change intervals.
     
  11. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:34 AM
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    Seafoam in the oil will help get some of it out as well.
     
  12. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:37 AM
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    X2 on the Seafoam. It has the directions on the can for this procedure. I feel it is best to do it right before you do an oil change.
     
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    I am sorry, but my English is not that good, what do you mean with Seafoam in the oil? Is this an additive? Or really you mean foam from the sea.
     
  14. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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    Yes it is an additive. We get it here at autoparts stores in the states. It has many uses for engines and does a great job of cleaning. If you use it to clean the throttle body via the brakebooster vacuum hose, it will create a lot of white smoke. That is normal. If you are familiar with youtube.com, you can't search for a seafoam video and see it in action.

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  15. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:51 AM
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    Sorry, Seafoam is an additive, you can find it at Walmart and some auto parts stores.

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  16. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:13 AM
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    OK thanks a lot, never had seen it down here, I ´m going to ask arround
     
  17. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:18 AM
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    Sorry about that Mario, I didn't realize that you were in Costa Rica. I would start with the oil pressure check and go from there. If your engine has been well maintained I doubt that you have a sludge problem. You can remove the valve cover and give it a look. Hopefully the issue is just a faulty sending unit.
     
  18. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:33 AM
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    Really, I thak you. I just need to see if someone sells it here. Are there similar products?
     
  19. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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    There are, but I would be hard pressed to name any. Check an auto parts store and ask them, they may have some ideas of similar products. It is my pleasure to help. I hope that it all works out.
     
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