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#1 Woreign


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

I'm wondering what the normal operating oil pressure should be? When cold, my oil pressure gauge reads a little over 50psi. As the engine warms up, it drops down to around 30 at idle and 40-45 when driving. Just wondering if this is normal?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

Sounds pretty good... Your running oil pressure is governed by the oil pressure relief valve, and your idle oil pressure is indicative of big end/main bearing conditions.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:26 PM

Yes, not too bad, however my newly rebuilt engine will run at a little higher pressure.

The pressure should drop on a warm engine at idle as the oil is thinner when hot, and so less pressure required to force it around the passage ways in the bearings etc.

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