Where Is the Oil Pressure Sending Unit on a 96 Taurus?

by Kyle McBride

    Ford's 1996 Taurus G, GL and LX came equipped with a 3.0-liter engine, and the SHO came with the 3.4-liter engine. Of the 3.0-liter engines, however, there was a Duratec and a Vulcan. If you have the Taurus G, GL or LX, identify which 3.0-liter engine you have. On the Duratec engine, the engine oil filler cap is next to the engine oil dipstick on the passenger-side of center in the engine compartment. On the Vulcan engine, the engine oil filler cap is about centered in the engine compartment, closer to the battery than the engine oil dipstick.

    Items you will need

    • Deep-well socket
    • Ratchet
    • Thread seal tape
    • Torque wrench
    Step 1

    Find the oil pressure sending unit on your engine. On the 3.0-liter Vulcan engine, it's on the left side of the engine block above the flywheel. On the 3.0-liter Duratec engine, it's on the left side of the engine block above the oil filter. On the 3.4-liter engine, the sending unit s screwed into the oil filter adapter. The sending unit is a small, round component with a single wire connector attached.

    Step 2

    Disconnect the connector from the sending unit. Using a deep-well socket and ratchet, remove the sending unit.

    Step 3

    Wrap the threads on the new sending unit with thread seal tape and then install the sending unit. Using a torque wrench, tighten the sending unit to 12 to 16 foot-pounds on the 3.0-liter OHV engines or 9 to 12 foot-pounds on 3.0-liter DOHC and 3.4-liter engines.

    Step 4

    Start the engine and let it run to operating temperature. Check for leaks around the sending unit.


    • If your oil pressure warning light on the dashboard stays lit continuously and you want to test the sending unit before you replace it, turn the engine off and turn the ignition key to the "Run" position. Unplug the oil pressure sending unit connector and then recheck the oil pressure warning light. If the oil light is off, the sending unit is bad.


    • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, prolonged contact with engine oil may cause irritation or skin disorders. Minimize your exposure to engine oil and wash your hands and any exposed skin areas as soon as possible after exposure.