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Old 04-22-2012, 12:16 PM
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Oil pressure or oil Temp switch?

Being an ignorant Essex bloke I'll award 10 points to the clever bugger who can tell me if the switch situated on the top of the engine just in front of the oil filters on my 1978 400 is:-
a) the oil pressure switch
b) the oil temperature switch
or
c) the switch that turns the light on in my loft.

Whatever it is I need one cos mine appears to be leaking.

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PS - anyone got one going spare ?

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:26 PM
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Russell
I am also more than a bit thick up here in Scotland.
I think it is the 'oil pressure sender' 64 quid from eurospares.
I guess you have tried tightening it up if oil is seeping from the base where it threads on to the block?????
With great thickness greetings
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:32 PM
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and the 10 point winner is ....... Alastair from Scotland !!!! Did you also send in a postcard cos if not you may be disqualified.

To be honest it's in so tight I couldn't easily get it out to see if there was a gasket of some kind underneath let alone tighten it up any more. Its probably the original part and may have seized in place so was loath to force it without finding out first if a replacement was available.

I could be wrong but it looks like oil's weeping from both the base and the top of the sensor but maybe it just appears that way. Does anyone know if there's a seal of some kind between the sensor and the block or have any experience of these failing ? It's still functioning ok so would prefer not to replace it if it's only a seal causing the problem.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:02 AM
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Good stuff ive finally won something doesn this mean I am never going to win the lottery?
has all my luck ran out? Damn and I was going to buy my dream car a Ferrari 400.

I just had a look at mine, I can see it comes in 2 parts, transmitter (sender) and the union (bit that attaches it to the crankase there is also a gasket at the bottom of that so you could try to replace that.

Like you I would rather not overtighten as an option.

On Eurospares website go to Crankase parts 83, 84, 75 (Gasket)
The gasket is a reasuringly inexpensive 28p

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Old 04-23-2012, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for this but.......

28p ? That's a damned insult !

Surely they've made a mistake, the actual charge being 35.28 for the part plus:-

handling charge plus destocking fee plus shoe wear and tear fee plus carriage charge to take the item from stores to the shipping department plus packaging and eyeball/fingertip wear plus shipping plus Vat plus Fat plus YAASBWBAF (You Are A Stupid Bastard Who Bought A Ferrari) tax making the total 488.67

If this was the case I'd feel more comfortable!
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:54 PM
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Good fun.
Let us know how you do with it.

For peace of mind dont worrry Ferrari spares outlets will find some really insanely expensive mundane things that you might need in due course!!!!!!!

My record so far was the 'Renold tensioner' (WP Chain) 150.00 Ithink and was originally 20.00 silly wee plastic thingy. Even though I am poor even if I could have afforded it I would still have spent months building up the will to depart with so much for so little!!!!!

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