1st Gen Zero oil pressure only at idle.....then zero pressure at all times after oil/filter change?

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    #1 dingels75, Feb 27, 2024
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    2005 R53, 189k, for the first time ever sitting at a light on the way home after a 2 hour drive, the check oil light came on accompanied by zero oil pressure but only at idle. The pressure stayed up nicely if I just kept 2000+ rpm up. After reading some forum threads with the similar issue I changed the oil Mobil 1 5w-30 and a quality new filter. Started the car up and now I have zero pressure at all times no matter the rpm? I ordered a new sensor and won't do anything further until I have that changed but wondering what would explain the drop to zero pressure at all times after a fresh oil and filter change?
     
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    When installing the new sensor check for the wire grounding somewhere. If’n the wiring is good and the new sensor doesn’t correct the problem checking with a mechanical gauge would tell you whether you really don’t have oil pressure.
     
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    I believe the spring at the bottom of the oil filter housing can cause this problem.
     
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    Fixed. I replaced the oil pressure sensor since it was $12 and fairly easy to change. That was not the fix. With the help of people on the forum and watching a youtube video I discovered that the "Oil Filter Housing Drain Plunger Spring" assembly was gone from the bottom of inside of the oil filter housing. You can see it or the lack of it with a mirror. Since I found the old part lying in my gravel driveway the plastic retaining tabs had broken and when I replaced the filter cartridge and drained the housing with my suction hose (it was already loose due to the broken tabs that hold it in place) so it came completely out. Outmotoring sells the part for $29.95. SKU: REP_12345 "Oil Filter Housing Drain Plunger Repair Kit" Part 1.png Part 2.png
     
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    Great news !! Thanks for the feedback and once again our crack Director of Mechanical Department was spot on with his assessment of needed repairs.
     
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    Glad you got it fixed! Just in time for motoring fun.
     

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