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    oil pressure question with picture

    heres a picture of a stock oil pressure gauge. could some one please edit it to show where it should be reading when idling cold, warm and just typical driving. with like lines at where it should be. Thanks!

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    Unfortunately there's no "good" values. The gauge can read low and the oil light won't be on, the gauge could read high and not be that high. If the oil light doesn't come on, and the gauge moves up and down, you're very likely ok.
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    Honestly even if someone does, I wouldn't trust it, especially since every car is going to have variances in oil pressures, depending on many variables. Best way to know for sure what your oil pressure is like is too install an aftermarket oil pressure gauge and aftermarket sensor.

    Since you asked though, my 94' TT used to warm idle with the needle right around the third from the bottom mark (counting small marks only) usually a tad under it. When I was driving it would be usually a couple marks above the middle large line. But again don't think your car will be identical.

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    okay, i havent had the oil light come on at all, i was just curious cuz when my car idles (it usually idles 1500rpm) its right a the big tick below the oil can, but the odd time i start it when its warm and it idles at 700 like it should it idles around 3 little ticks up from L and it kinda of made me nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caswell239 View Post
    okay, i havent had the oil light come on at all, i was just curious cuz when my car idles (it usually idles 1500rpm) its right a the big tick below the oil can, but the odd time i start it when its warm and it idles at 700 like it should it idles around 3 little ticks up from L and it kinda of made me nervous.
    That actually sounds pretty much normal. Depends a little on what oil you run (how thick and how old) and depends HEAVILY on the motor. I have a friend up here with a '91 ES and his gauge will barely even twitch above the bottom tick mark at idle.
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    At idle mine will be around 2.5-3.5 ticks. I'm runnning Rotella 15w40 with a bosch oil filter.
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    Definitely sounds normal.

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    I agree with the first reply, the oil guages in these cars are kind of vague. Only way to know is to hook up a real oil pressure guage.

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    I see the problem... The gauge is in backwards.

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    If your worried about it, I would hook up an aftermarket gauge. Or if shops test oil pressure, have them check it. Make sure you have the correct weight oil also.

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