Oil pressure drops too zero then comes back to normal for a short time, then back to oil pressure changes?

Asked by Feb 09, 2017 at 01:29 AM about the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Plus Quad Cab SB 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers


Hopefully it is just a bad oil pressure sender or a loose connection.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Do an oil pressure test with a manual gauge to make sure oil pressure is ok. If it is, check or replace oil sending switch


Yes there are problems with the oil pressure senders and connections, but do you hear any noise like a lifter clatter when it does this? If so then it is for sure the oil pump, if that is indeed the case then get it fixed ASAP or you could loose a good engine. I'm not one to recommend a lot of products unless I have personally used them and in your case if you can't get it fixed right away and it is the oil pump or even if it isn't I would change the oil and filter and add 1 quart of DuraLube and then fill to specs, it's not cure but it can help leave a thin coating of lube during the oil pressure drop outs as long as the pressure comes back, it got me through a bad oil pump on my old Full sized Bronco.

Your Answer

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 454 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $3,488.


Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
636 Great Deals out of 8,974 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
186 Great Deals out of 10,544 listings starting at $2,230
Used Dodge Ram 2500
7 Great Deals out of 82 listings starting at $2,100
Used GMC Sierra 1500
244 Great Deals out of 10,858 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Tundra
33 Great Deals out of 1,395 listings starting at $5,871
Used Toyota Tacoma
27 Great Deals out of 1,218 listings starting at $4,444
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
25 Great Deals out of 650 listings starting at $1,790
Used Dodge Dakota
6 Great Deals out of 147 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
5 Great Deals out of 812 listings starting at $4,200
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
130 Great Deals out of 3,690 listings starting at $2,995

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 141 listings starting at $7,995
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 72 listings starting at $7,000
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 70 listings starting at $6,995
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 52 listings starting at $3,534
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
25 listings starting at $6,444

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.