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Old 11-01-2010, 01:07 AM   #1
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Exclamation attaching a oil pressure gage to a zetec 2.0l help

Where do you hook up the oil pressure gage line up to, and where can I get a good one from?

I am finally putting my Zetec back together. you may have seen in "how many bolts". And I want to be safe and make sure im getting oil pressure.


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There are three popular/correct ways to get your oil pressure send. I have used all these methods numerous times each with fine success.

1. You can purchase an aftermarket oil filter sandwich plate that has NPT probe holes in it an thread your sending unit there.

2. You can build a T junction using brass/galvanized pipe from the hardware store at the stock oil pressure sending unit and thread your aftermarket sender in along side the stock unit. The stock sensor is located a few inches to the left of the oil filter on the backside of the block.

3. There is a plugged hole in the back of the black just a bit further towards the drivers side from the stock sending unit that is a good place to thread into. That plug follows the same oil passageway as the stock sender does. There is also a plugged oil port on the drivers side of the head right behind the coil mount bracket you can thread into for head pressure.

I have a brand new electronic autometer oil pressure gauge for sale. PM me and id be happy to make you a deal. :)
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honda hunter, I'm giving you rep points when i get to a computer. very helpful writeup.

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what pressure do most people want, block pressure or head pressure?

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it really should be the same pressure, unless there is some regulation that is happening inside the block somewhere, but that would be really doubtful.
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Very helpful "honda hunter" But do you got a pic of where they hook up to?

The second way of doing it I looked into a little but do I have to do wiring or what?

Is this it?
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is it a mechanical gauge or a sender type gauge?

if its mechanical, take it back and get an electrical gauge.

electrical will require switched and fused 12v source and ground plus a wire to the sender. the sender will chassis ground.
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I don't have one yet. Thats why Im asking first to see where to go get a good one and how to hook it in?

I think I want to do the one near the filter like in my pic^, but I don't know how to.
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Thanks dude! I figured I start posting more helpful stuff on FF like I've been on FJ for the past 8 years.

Your head and block oil passageways should all share the same pressure, although most people like to get there send as close to the factory sender as possible. You've got to figure ford designed the block and made that specific sender location for a reason. :)
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Very helpful "honda hunter" But do you got a pic of where they hook up to?

The second way of doing it I looked into a little but do I have to do wiring or what?

Is this it?
That's the factory oil pressure sender pictured there.

If you use a mechanical gauge you'll have to run plastic capillary line into your cabin and deal with tiny compression fittings. If you use an electronic gauge you'll have to make the sender case is grounded (typically a sender grounds when threaded into metal but still check with a multimeter), and you have to run a single small gauge signal wire into the cabin.

Typically the price deference between mechanical and electronic oil press gauges is minimal and going with the electronic version if far more ideal.
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