Friday, September 11, 2015

Low oil pressure light

Just after I got back to the US from Germany my 2000 EV TDI with only 13k since the conversion and fully rebuilt engine started having a low oil pressure light and alarm come on, only when at FOT over 190*F.  This was a bit disconcerting and caused me no small amount of alarm.  I sent in an oil sample for analysis straight away and as soon as I got a spare moment I checked the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge.  Here are the results:

FOT when parked, 184* at idle and the oil pressure held a solid 9-10psi.  At 3000 rpm the OP was 40psi.

Oil pressure at idle (904rpm) and FOT (184*F)

This analysis looks good and shows there is nothing to be alarmed about.

Verdict: All diagnostics point to a faulty low pressure oil sensor (0.3 bar).  I have an OE VW one coming and will install that as soon as it arrives.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


After 3-years of making this blog private access only I am finally able to open it to the public again.  After a year of living with the safety and security of distance in Germany, just last week the person who caused my life to get flipped upside down three years ago took his own life in the attic of his house while the police where trying to serve an arrest warrant:

I am still in a bit of shock over this news but feel both sad for him and his desperate last choice, as well as a great sense of relief that I no longer will have that gnawing fear of an encounter in the back of my mind, no longer have to carry pepper spray in my pocket and no longer have to keep a small armory at the ready in the shop.

May your soul finally find the peace it never could here on this planet John Washington RIP.

Justin Soares