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Old 02-04-2007, 03:51 PM
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Normal oil pressure and oil temp?

When I idle, my oil pressure is normally at 40ish and when I start driving it chills around 60ish. I have a high volume oil pump, but I'm not sure if it's high pressure too. Is this bad? Also, what's a safe engine oil temp for a n/a application (408ci sbc)? I'm also running 20w50 vr1 oil

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Old 02-04-2007, 03:55 PM
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Nothing wrong with that. Personally I think people make too big a deal out of oil pressure.
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Sounds like a basic high volume pump. 220 to 230 is a typical range for oil temps, around 40+ higher than water temps.
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When I idle, my oil pressure is normally at 40ish and when I start driving it chills around 60ish. I have a high volume oil pump, but I'm not sure if it's high pressure too. Is this bad? Also, what's a safe engine oil temp for a n/a application (408ci sbc)? I'm also running 20w50 vr1 oil
Most people on this site will agree that is exceptionally good oil pressure for a SBC.

That oil is a little heavy for below freezing temps on cold starts. JMO

230* pan temp is tops unless you have synthetic oil. Places in the engine could be 70* hotter than pan temperature.
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^ agreed. 230 is healthy for regular oil. A good "real" synthetic like Mobil 1, Amsoil, or Royal Purple can take 260 for a while. I tested some Amsoil after a few hill climbs at 280 in the pan and it was fine, but I don't recommend it.
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