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Oil light at idle

I just bought a 92 Cressida. I drove it home and at Idle the oil light flashed a little, slight rattle and rpm drop. I put it in neutral and park and it stoped. This happened 20 minutes after driving. I called the guy and he said it never happened to him. I had drove a ways to pick it up and had to drive home for work. The light did not come back on and I drove it 180 miles. My question is what are the chances that the pick up screen is clogged? I see in the service records that the oil pan gasket was recently replaced, maybe they used too much sealant? Fingers crossed. I read that the pump hardly fail on these cars? The car is super clean and i love it, but cant do an engine right now.. my plan was to drop the oil pan and inspect. Or try a little thicker oil? I don t know much about these engines.
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I had a similar issue on my 1990 Corolla. It turned out to be a bad oil pressure sensor. It's internal seal had failed and so some oil was passing through it and leaking out the back. Not enough to cause a drip on the driveway, but that area was a mess. I couldn't see it very well due to the way the AC compressor and alternator mount to the 4A-FE engine in the corolla.
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Thanks a million I will check that out.... Thohean
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Also do yourself a favor and buy a cheap oil pressure guage to see what your pressure is before tearing into the motor...
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If the oil pressure sensor was anything like the 5M, they are extremely sensitive.

Best way to do a manual pressure gauge for a piece of mind. Did the engine ever had a headgasket done to it?

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Thanks a lot. I have not had the light come back on. But thanks for the info. I do have a oil pressure gauge , i will check it out when i get a chance. I want to limp it along until I can get some cash for a swap.
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