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Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 13, 2022 11:08AM
I need one, probably from Amazon, for a 1998 Camry 6 cylinder. I haven’t looked in person, but I think the sender is easy to get to. There are $30 ones with hoses, lots of various brass adapters, and a red case, and cheaper ones with just a gauge and two brass adapters. I won’t use it much but I would like one with plenty of utility. I also realize it will be a presumably crappy Chinese one. What do I need to know before I check the pressure and replace the sender? Can anyone recommend a specific one they know to be good and reasonably priced?
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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: July 13, 2022 11:16AM
Why do you believe the sending unit is bad?
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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 13, 2022 11:34AM
You can probably rent the tester from Autozone or O'Reilly and it will have all the adapters. No sense in purchasing a one off tool.



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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 13, 2022 11:39AM
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PeterW
Why do you believe the sending unit is bad?

The oil pressure light came on. I’m not sure it’s the sending unit; I just want to make sure it’s not the oil pump and that the pressure is OK.
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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 13, 2022 11:44AM
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C(-)ris
You can probably rent the tester from Autozone or O'Reilly and it will have all the adapters. No sense in purchasing a one off tool.

O’Reilly didn’t have one and that’s our only store. Plus I don’t want to drive it to town or tow it. I bet rent wouldn’t be much less that buying one. Also, syncing up my helper’s schedule with mine and my health and the weather would be hard.
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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: July 13, 2022 12:34PM
The switch itself is less than $10 at Rock Auto. Pop in a new one and if the light is still on,scrap the car.
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Re: Need to buy oil pressure gauge. What to look for?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: July 13, 2022 01:50PM
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PeterW
The switch itself is less than $10 at Rock Auto. Pop in a new one and if the light is still on,scrap the car.

Yep, not that expensive...just had it replaced in my 1996 4-cylinder Camry along with a dead PCV valve.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2022 01:51PM by Bill in NC.
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