hey all been a while since i've been on here but im looking at getting back into a reeper. i have a lead on one that i made an offer on and the guy accepted and then he told me he hadn't started it in a while and noticed the oil pressure light sometimes would come on and then go off and sometimes would come on and stay on and sometimes wouldn't come on at all even with the key on and the engine not running? anybody had any issues like this or should i just back out on this thing??
How many miles does it have on it. It could be several things. The sending unit itself could be bad, possible loose connection, due for an oil change. We really have no history of the machine to go bye. Just for your statement that the light sometimes doesn't come on at all when you turn the key on leads me to believe that the engine itself is probably ok. I would definitely check it out really well in person. I would think if the oil pressure is low enough for the light to come on you should hear lifter clatter or something.
Honestly since you can't actually look at it yourself, I don't think anyone on here could with confidence tell you to go for it. The person was honest enough to tell you about it ahead of time when he could have went for the easy sale. That's gotta stand for something. Can you video chat with the person? Have him check the oil make sure it's clean. Start the machine so you can hear the motor and possibly see if it's puffing steam out of the exhaust. At least try to get as much history as you can. How it was used, if it ever ran hot. What ever you can get would help.
I have seen this happen with dirty or corroded connection. As TJ said hard to say for sure with no history. The fact that it is intermittent say it is most likely the connection or possible the sending unit. No connection light is on. Good connection light is off. If light is on on every start wait for the bang and that it wont roll over anymore. I haven't heard of sending units going bad often, but have heard about bad, dirty or loose connections. 1 wire for connection. But again, I don't know the history. Another problem that could spring up if it sat for long periods with no stabilizer is poor running from gummed injectors.
Good to see you back on here as well old friend.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2019 20:25:44 GMT -5 by The Fool
well i hope it is nothing major because its on its way. after the oil light issue popped up we settled on a price i just couldn't turn down. at $2500 with 2 sets of wheels and tires i can afford to spend a little time and money on it. firs thing will be an oil pressure guage!! and at that price i won't feel guilty doing some mods. by the way beaver offroad will be getting some more of my business soon!
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2019 7:32:16 GMT -5 by firebird
update on oil pressure light. ok my reeper was delivered monday and sure enough the oil pressure light was acting as described. come on sometimes and stay on, not come on at all, or act normally. so today i got a mechanical oil gauge just to see what was going on the the oil pressure. my luck was with me this time (for a change) and it has great oil pressure! 25 psi at idle and 70 at 4000 rpm. so onward and upward!!! it needs a little tlc but now i know the engine is good i can make it how i want it.