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  1. So fairly recently I noticed that my oil pressure is reading a bit low. I have topped off the oil, replaced the oil pressure switch and filter (located beneath the switch) to no success. It still reads around 20 psi idle (warm) and, after a bit of driving (ie. warmed up) it only reads about 25, maybe 30 psi tops, at around 1700-2000 RPM. Someone had mentioned it could be one of two things, since I dealt with the sensor already: oil relief valve could be stuck open, and/or the siphon tube on the intake side could have a broken/craked o-ring. Since I've done the sensor and the filter below it, are these the next recommended things to check? There are no physical leaks. It does not appear to be burning oil (although it might, but is quite slow as I don't see any evidence from the tailpipe, even of cold starts in cold weather--at least none of the exhaust fumes look to be like smoke from oil burning). Even so, when the oil is full, it still reads low pressure even with the new sensor installed (so the old sensor was actually fine. and yes it was tested with a mechanical gauge before the sensor was done ). The engine runs fine, no ticks or noises, just low pressure. Some people on other forums say that my oil pressures are normal, while I see the opposite, and some people are reporting 40 psi idle, and 50-60 psi while cruising, which is why I'm wondering about this. I have not gotten a warning light, and the gauge has never dropped to 0 or been pegged at 80 psi. When it starts cold, it is around 35-40 psi and then drops off as the truck warms up. I did take it to the dealer, they said it needs a new pump (now, it occured to me later that perhaps what they meant to tell me is that the relief valve might be stuck open but just replace the whole pump). All they said was "you need a new oil pump" which I'm sure that they are glad to say because it's an 8 hour job, and at dealer shop rates, that adds up quick (I got an estimate from them and the local independent shop which I've used before for stuff. Dealer said $1500 installed plus tax (so maybe $1700 in the end?) Independent shop said $1000 plus tax, so if it does need replacing, I'll probably just go to the local shop as I trust them (as they fixed trans problems on some of our other company vehicles to our satisfaction). Am i correct in looking at the o-ring and relief valve. I know that if the relief valve is bad, I need to just replace the pump, but I'm also tempted to say if they drop the pan and check the o-ring, they might as well just replace the pump, as the pump itself isn't expensive. Doing the labor is. Like I said, the truck runs fine, doesn't make any unusual noises (I do get piston slap in the morning which I mistakenly thought maybe was a stuck lifter, but that quickly goes away after it warms up, and is apparently a "problem" with these engines). I should also mention I checked the trans fluid and the coolant to see if possibly oil was getting mixed in, but it isn't. Those fluids are clean and look normal. No overheating either, or strange noises from the engine. Thoughts?
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