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

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