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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Question: What could be causing an oil leak and oil pressure drop?

 

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Snckcake313, 5.2L V8, Tullahoma, TN, August 24, 2014, 19:39
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My truck recently started leaking oil along with the oil light comes on and oil pressure gauge drops all the way down anytime I let off the gas. We've replaced the oil pump, oil pan gasket, and oil filter. While the truck now runs like a dream this of course has not fixed the problem (or I wouldn't be asking lol). I've been told a few things it could be and just wanted to get another opinion. I'd greatly appreciate any help.
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    August 24, 2014, 20:11
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    Did you replace the oil pressure switch (sending unit) ?... Have you used a pressure gauge to test the actual oil pressure??

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    Snckcake313, August 25, 2014, 16:40
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    That's our next project (sending unit). When it first started the pressure drop I had it checked and it showed no problem. That was before it started leaking as well. Now anytime I let off the gas, the pressure gauge drops and the leak gets worse...bad enough that there are trails of oil leading into every parking spot I use, at every red light I use regularly, and at every stop sign on my regular route to work. There was also a horrible burnt type smell when the old oil pump was removed...don't know if that will help with any ideas but it was a detail I forgot :)

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