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2004 Dodge Stratus Question: What is the most likely reason for my engine to be losing oil pressure?



, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Charlotte, NC, May 24, 2014, 13:26

Before changing my oil 5 weeks ago I noticed a knock in the engine and there was some metal flake in the old oil. The car was doing fine for a bit then the oil pressure light started coming on. At first it only comes on when idling and eventually stays on while driving. I noticed that I now have a leak at the oil pan and was going to rebuild the oil pump as well as replacing the gasket on the pan. After thinking about it, I started to wonder if it is more likely to be a turned bearing. It's been a very long time since I rebuilt a motor and I don't have much time nor the tools to do everything to rebuild so it may be better for me to take it to a shop. If you think it something much more simple that can be done in a few hours with basic tools please let me know. Thanks

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    G. T. Service Center (4246 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG May 24, 2014, 18:38

    Metal in the oil; Something's worn, possible bearing worn and with heating, expansion will cause less pressure.

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