Okay I know what you are thinking......Use the f**king search button......true but this is another issue.;) I called Dodge today about my oil light and all that jazz....they said basically the same thing we all have discussed in the forums for quite some time now. Sending unit or the wire. How much to R&R both I ask....about $180.00. IS that about right? He told me that in a worst case senerio it could be the oil pump. I aint the smartest guy in the world when it comes to cars, but is there an oil pump or is that there BS to make more money And since there are alot of others out there with the same problem or have had the problem, is there not a way we can get with DC or whoever to get this problem fixed VIA recall????????? Thanks
Originally posted by silver&gold is there an oil pump or is that there BS to make more money
Yes there is an oil pump. Remove the oil pan, and remove the oil pump tube, and bam! There she is. $180? Well coming from the dealership.... that might be a tad bit whacky. But if you think about it with parts, and labor, that sounds right.
There is a TSB (NOT a recall) for this problem. It's #08-36-99 and requires modifying the wiring at the sending unit. You'll need to purchase part #5017800AA and the part runs about $18. If I remember right, they charge 0.2 hours labor to do it for you. I'd also replace the sending unit which is part #4608303AB and runs about $14. IF you're not having an oil pump problem, this should take care of the light coming on at low rpm.
Originally posted by In2Deep There is a TSB (NOT a recall) for this problem. It's #08-36-99 and requires modifying the wiring at the sending unit. You'll need to purchase part #5017800AA and the part runs about $18. If I remember right, they charge 0.2 hours labor to do it for you. I'd also replace the sending unit which is part #4608303AB and runs about $14. IF you're not having an oil pump problem, this should take care of the light coming on at low rpm.
That's good info. I need that done. I don't have a pressure gauge to check my oil pressure but since the light has been doing this for 1.5 years I think I am OK with the pump. The engine would have died by now. ;)
Wow, some good info here. I've been experiencing the same deal, oil light flickering at low RPMs. I guess i'll try to replace the sending unit and the wire myself. It should be covered in the Haynes manual. I'll keep ya informed, maybe I'll post a "How to" after I'm done.
:eh: yeah, as far as changing the oil in order to do this, what kind of filter do I need now for SYN oil??? What is a good part number to get, brand etc... I am more than likely gonna have Dodge do the work on it so that way if it does get all f**ked up, then they can deal with it. I am not that confident with myself working with cars...minor things sure, this tasking...now way in hell. Oil change no prob...14mm plug right? thanks for all the good info on this guys, I just wished that since there are alot of us with the same prob, that they would recall, but who am I. One minor thing while I am thinking of it, my wife tookthe '00 in for inspection 2day and asked alot of questions.....is there such a thing as parafin (spelling) added oil (wax)?????this guy told her "I was a dodge tech for many years and if your car has "wax" oil in it then it could clog the little tiny hole the oil needs to travel through...yada, yada, yada" long story there, but is there?
You are getting into the minutiae of oil chemistry when you start talking about parrafins. There are BASICALLY two kinds of conventional oil basestocks. Pennsylvania grade or what I call Texas grade. One has parrafin and one is more ashless.
Here is a quote from a very informative website
Back to the chemistry just for a moment. Because crude comes from so many varied places, it has widely different structural characteristics. Chemists separate these characteristics into dun main groups based upon the design or structure of the carbon chains which are the base of the crude's chemistry. The two groups are paraffinic and naphthenic. Paraffinic crude oil is a waxy oil and naphthenic crude oil is asphaltic. The type that is predominantly used for today's motor oil is paraffinic. It has the qualities needed to function within the wide temperature variations that motor oil goes through.
all tho' to scientific for me due to the fact that I have an awsome buzz going on right now and can barely see the keys on my keyboard......thanks for all the help with all of this guys. I truely do look up to you since I have learned so much about the Intrepid. From what the guy told my wife is that Firestone uses the parrafin "wax" oil when they do an oil change. I will stick with synthetic in mine and maybe switcj in our 00 model. Again, thanks
I'm new here... been reading posts for a couple weeks. Excellent information and I love the site.
It looks like I too will be doing the Oil Sending Unit/wiring harness change out. I want to check my oil pressure while I'm at it though. Anyone know the best way to do that? Is there a universal gauge that I can get (at Autozone, etc.) to do this?