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Oil pressure sending unit (archive)

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Posted by craigwatanabe on August 03, 2001 at 21:45:51:

In Reply to: burning smell posted by John Clarke on August 03, 2001 at 16:51:35:

I agree with Bob Duckworth, I think it's your oil sending unit. It's located near the top rear center of your engine near the firewall. When you park your car do you notice oil drops on the floor? Simple way to tell is by cleaning the sending unit and drive the car. If the sending unit is leaking you will see it coming out from the electrical connection. You may have to take off the rubber boot to access the electrical terminal.

The sending units are fairly cheap and if you have a good metric open end wrench (hard to get a socket in there) you should be able to finish the job in under 20-minutes.

Thanks to Charlie Shuster who pointed that problem out to me when I leaked oil all over his driveway, sorry Charlie (gee just like the tuna commercial)


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