Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Oil pressure Sending Unit in Cadillac Engine Discussion; Can anyone tell me where the oil pressure sending unit is located on the 4.6 Northstar engine, and can I ...
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It's on passenger's side of the oil filter adapter plate. It's not too bad to get at. I made a special tool just for it.
Don't forget, it's a tapered, self sealing pipe thread. It will get tighter and tighter as you go, yet will continue to turn. Do not overtighten it! Also, do not use additional thread sealant compound or tape!
It is not a sending unit. It is just an ON/OFF switch that triggers the low oil pressure warning I believe.
Incorrect. It's got both a pressure and a temperature sensor in there.
I did actually disassemble the old unit too when I chanced mine, out of simple curiosity. Think about it... 15 psi @ 5000 RPM will be wonderful for your engine. It would have to be more than a simple switch.
Seriously, the low oil pressure light is dynamic, in that it changes activation point by RPM. Ex. 15 psi doesn't trip it at idle, but it does at 3000 RPM.