Your engine’s oil provides the vital function of lubricating the engine’s moving parts. Without adequate oil pressure, the engine would not get the oil it needs to function properly. The engine is equipped with a sending unit or switch, that monitors the amount of oil pressure the oil pump is producing and sending through the system. If the oil gauge stops working, but the oil seems to be flowing correctly, the problem is likely a faulty oil pressure sending unit. Once you locate it, you can change it in just a few minutes.
Tools Used: Tools, Socket set, Oil pressure sending unit socket
Replace the Oil Switch
Locate the oil pressure sending unit. This is a cylindrical component with an attached wiring harness that plugs into the engine. On four-cylinder 4Runners, the sending unit is located in the engine compartment, towards the passenger’s side front of the engine. On six-cylinder engines, the oil pressure sending unit is under the engine, on the driver’s side next to the oil filter.