loss of oil pressure on Ford Explorer

Average mileage: 127,052 (72,368–173,000)
Engines affected: 4.0L V6, 4.0L V6 SOHC, 4.6L V8
6 model years affected: 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, more2005, 2012
8 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
lost oil pressure while driving engine was full of oil and no leaks. pulled motor to take a look at the oil pump and drive (and to check bearings after loosing pressure) every thing looked new so went to top side of engine and pulled out oil pump drive which installs were the distributer belongs and drives off the jackshaft (camshaft) to run the oil pump. when i removed the oil pump drive it was as plain as day the gear had worn into the housing 3/4 inch until it disconnected from oil pump drive. thought it might be usefull no one i talked to had heard of it
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2005 Ford Explorer- 4.0L V672,368
Loss of oil pressure guage on also check guage light started to drive it and runs noisy and loud...garage said the bottoms out....real nice..
2005 Ford Explorer- 4.0L V6173,000
Got a oil change and when I got home, my dash board said loss of oil pressure
1995 Ford Explorer- 4.0L V6140,000
Check gauge light went on the the engine cut out. Turned car off then on again and it ran fine enough to get home.
1999 Ford Explorer- 4.0L V6155,000
Oil pressure gauge bouncing around then goes to 0. As it does this, a clacking sound appears.
2012 Ford Explorer- 4.0L V6 SOHC
I wanted to share my story in hopes of saving someone else the trouble we had. While driving to the beach (200 miles from home) my gas meter showed 12 miles. This car has always been extremely accurate. I was pulling off the exit to get gas and I lost the gas pedal and began to lose speed. My loss of oil pressure light started flashing in red and the oil light came on. My first thought was the oil change we had the evening before we left on our trip. The car gentle glides to a stop and I turned it off. We checked the oil, again expecting them to have left the filter loose or something but it's perfectly fine. No sign of a leak...and dip stick reads full. It has the push button start...it will not do anything. We unhook the battery thinking the system may need to reset ( a sensor or somthing)...nothing. So we call a tow truck. We travel 20 miles to the closest dealership where we wait 2 hours and racked up a $225 bill to tell us it was out of gas. It never spit or sputtered just glided to a stop...gave us oil pressure warnings which scared us thinking it was a serious problem. We actually walked to the service station I was headed to for gas and got coffee while we waited for the tow. I have been on 0 miles before when I pulled into to station and after 2 years never questioned the gas gage accuracy. Lesson learned and if you find this story..try a little gas before you call the tow trucks!!
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