An oil pressure gauge is the tool that is used to monitor and indicate the levels of your car’s oil pressure. Inside the gauge is an oil pressure sensor that monitors how low the oil pressure is. At normal levels, the pin will usually be pointing upwards and remain unchanged. When oil pressure has gone lower than normal, the pin/needle will usually start to dip downwards. When this happens, the oil pressure gauge warning light turns on to alert you about it.
You will usually see an oil pressure gauge warning light located in your car’s dashboard, to signal you about low levels of oil pressure. When this happens, it is important that you do repairs on it to avoid engine damage. For extensive damage, it will also be best to install a new gauge.
In case you are in a far-flung place with no close access to a mechanic, you can do the installation of the new gauge. Usually, the car has a manual which provides instructions about monitoring and changing the oil pressure gauge. To help you with it, here is a quick guide on how to install the gauge.
Steps in Installing an Oil Pressure Gauge
Know the proper place on where to put the oil pressure gauge.
To find the port, you have to move aside the side front wheel that is located at the passenger seat’s side. You will then find a filter, which is usually silver in color, that is being connected to the electrical connector by 2 wires.
The location for it should be placed at about 6 inches behind the oil filter of the vehicle.
Drain the remaining oil
This process should be done before you start detaching the electric connector that is attached in the pressure switch.
This is also a safety precaution to avoid sudden flare ups or oil pressure gauge malfunctioning.
Disconnect the switch carefully.
In doing this, you can refer to the manual given alongside when you purchased the vehicle. This is because the type of gauge used in cars vary depending on the type or model of the vehicle.
Also, this should be done carefully to avoid any dislocation of parts which can cause further engine damage.
Do a test run.
If you think you have done the installation process properly by following all the given steps, you can now do a test drive to see if it is working well.
If in case the problem is not yet solved, it is best to seek the help of a licensed mechanic to help in the oil pressure gauge installation to avoid further complications.
Hopefully, these steps will be able to effectively teach you how to do the installation properly. However, it is still highly recommended that you have a mechanic take a look at the oil pressure gauge to know what is the problem with it and do the necessary repairs.