Re: dip stick question
I had this problem with two 87 2.9Ls. Ford workers do the same thing Chevy V8 assemblers did. They didn't push the dipstick tubes in tight. I got a 3/4" x 3/4" by 1/8" angle and ground a taper on one end so I could slide it down into place and whack the other end with a hammer to tap them in all the way. Those V6s read full with 5 quarts of oil in them after that. Some problems are just simple stuff. This one is obvious if you get a flashlight and take a good look. The tube has a furl on it for this purpose.
I just reread your post. You can not use an oil light to figure how much oil there is in a engine. You could have half your oil out of an engine and still have oil pressure, but that could cause other problems like over heating. If you really want to check your oil pressure, take out the oil pressure sender and screw a regular gauge in there temporarily, as long as there is room. The threads on the gauge will be the same as the sender. I am talking about gauges you see on air compressors etc. This is what I did when my dash oil pressure indicator was acting up. I was worried about the oil pump, but it was fine.
Last edited by Earlyboomer; 08-05-2011 at 06:53 PM.