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Kyle Hawkins
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5/21/2009
17:52:57

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I have a 2000 dakota with a 5.7 liter in it and i lately it have been lossing all oil pressure after the motor gets up to operating temp. a local machanic told me that the rod or main bearings were shot but i dont know where to start first or if this is true let me know if u have had the same problem and ur solution



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5/21/2009
19:38:57

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Kyle, I think you mean 5.9 unless you transplanted a 5.7 in there. Anyway, what you describe sounds like the oilpan is full of crud and after the engine runs a little while it gets sucked up into the oilpump pickup screen.

I wouldn't drive it anymore until you drop the oilpan and see what's goiing on in there.



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5/22/2009
04:59:47

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I have a 2000 w/ a 4.7 - last year my oil sending unit went out - but before it did it, was showing intermittent complete drops in oil pressure. I knew it was a false indication as my engine would run smooth and sound fine, and when you gave it a little rev it would jump back to its normal spot. I think it was a 30 dollar part - hope this is the same for you...

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Kyle Hawkins
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5/22/2009
12:28:44

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yeah 5.9 is what i meant i have already changed the oil sending unit and it still does the same thing and i got to lookin on here and i have notice that a couple of guys have had the same problem and their pan was full of junk and the screen was pulged so im goin to drop the pan and find out thanks for the help




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5/22/2009
18:35:28

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Welcome to the club "Vanschlick" \~/\~/ Glad to see your registered. Looks cold up there.



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5/23/2009
13:51:08

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here's something to try

drain the oil

plug back in
pour 1 gal of kerosene in the motor
let it set an hr (don't run the motor)

drain it out
take notice to the condition
of the kero and/or what else it drains with it



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5/23/2009
15:02:16

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Thx for the welcome! It usually doesnt snow like that here - but did like 3 times last year (Global warming?) Its been hot as hell lately (near Yosemite)

So is that Kerosene deal really safe?

I think i would change my oil twice in a week after that.

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Kyle Hawkins
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5/25/2009
14:37:11

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just wondering what is the kerosene goin to do and yeah is it safe



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6/04/2009
23:48:30

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The 318 is somewhat noted for low oil pressure.

First thing I'd do is plug in a good mechanical "oil pressure testing" gauge and see what that says. If it confirms...

how low is the pressure? at what rpm?



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