Well, it’s about 6 or 8 years since I swapped out the oil pressure sender last time. Getting the old one off was a huge PIA as I remember so not looking forward to the job but really can’t stand seeing the oil can icon light reviving when I’m sitting at a traffic light.
I’m still reluctant to fit the idiot light so I guess my options are a new sensor/sender or possibly trying to “repair” the one I have fitted at the moment.
In theory, the recurring sensor issue is that the tiny hole in the sender gets plugged with sludge thereby preventing the diaphragm from reacting properly to the pressure. The “repair” idea is to clean out the hole and see if that brings the damn thing back to life.
Thinking carb cleaner bath? Any other suggestions for de-gunkifying the unit?
I realize removing the sensor is awkward so I’m going to make a wrench specifically ground and bent to get the sucker off and back on before I start. Anyone made something up already with a pic or description to share? Oh and I forgot what size the “nut” is on the sender unit … 3/4" ring a bell?
Thinking back, I believe on the 94 the air pump plumbing kinda blocks access. That was the reason we had to go from under the car and also remove the oil cooler bypass to get at it last time …gonna do it from the top this time come hell or high water
I agree with you that a direct-read oil pressure transmitter is way-y better than an idiot light … but …
I got so-o-o tired of replacing my OEM transmitters (and you are correct sir they are a PITA to remove) and routinely getting erroneous oil pressure readings that (although purist that I am) years ago I “evolved” over to the idiot light.
While it doesn’t give you a direct reading it will warn you of dangerously low oil pressure. I mean if you puncture your oil pan and all the oil drains out you will get a warning on the idiot light.
So my question is, has ANYONE (or anyone you know of) lost significant oil pressure on this bullet proof Advanced Jaguar 6 cylinder (AJ6) engine ?
Yo Larry, a crowsfoot is the way to.go, and yes, removing and reinstalling from the top is pretty much by feel. But if you know what you are feeling for even Stevie Wonder could do it, given enough time…
I have read, maybe on the old forum long ago, that someone found a GM supplied oil pressure transmitter that would permit the gauge to read varying pressure. At some point Jaguar superseded (1993?) to the Ford type that put the gauge in the middle of the scale all the time if there was any oil pressure. I believe GM pickup trucks and other vehicles had a gauge that read actual pressures. Sorry I do not have any more details but worth investigating if you are having short life from the Jaguar supplied ones.
Groove, I’ve got a switch in my spares stash somewhere and if the cleanout doesn’t work, I might have to fit it, we’ll see. The parts car already had the switch even though I dismantled it at 60,000 miles. It was a really late production '94 and may have been like that from factory, I know the X300’s had switches not sensors from day 1.
Ah yes, US$ …in Canadian, which is just as hard to come by these days, Standard Motor products one is just a smidge over $100, then there’s shipping …I refuse to shell out that much for a piece of tin, but that’s just me …
And from memory this change from a transducer to switch irritated a lot of customers who bought a car with a gauge and did not want the constant reading that the modification gave. This was probably dictated by Ford engineers as Fords such as the Crown Victoria, had this system. IMHO, it was a cost saving downgrade.
Hmm is right. We have a Daimler, 87 3.6 Have just fitted the C46272… will see how it goes. I was led to believe these were the correct item for early XJ40’s. Dont know if they changed with the dash change or before. Will advise. We had a different problem. Oil pressure was fine at startup but gradually wound off the gauge. May not be the sender but its the easiest place to start. What I tend to do with cars with complex instruments is set them up so they “look” normal but install sperate old school gauges (Oil, amps, temp) under the bonnet (hood) so I can go see if something looks odd. Dont trust new fangled stuff (if you can call 87 new??) cheers