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Last night is the first time that I have really driven my car since I bought it and I have a few questions.

First, my stock oil pressure gauge stuck on the L and right below it pretty much the whole time I drove it. I also kept hearing chatter from my engine when I would accelerate. I know that I am not low on oil, so would that mean my oil pump is weak?

Second, what is normal operating temperature? My car would fluctuate between top of the R to middle of the N. Seems too high to me. Also, would turning on your headlights make your car hotter? I really don't think so but everytime I turned them on it would jump probably 10 degrees.??

Lastly, I just replaced my starter and noticed that my flywheel dust shim is garbage. It looks like whoever did the tranny swap in my car cut the circle out for my starter, broke the bottom 1/4 of the whole shim and now the two pieces overlap. I had to bend both parts out in order for them to stay off of the flywheel. I am looking for a new shim and I have seen two different ones on ebay, a one piece and a two piece. Any ideas to which one I need. Also another question about this, before I replaced my starter, my clutch did not make any noise. Now when I push in my clutch I hear kind of like a ticking sound. When you push in your clutch, does it push your flywheel out some? I am wondering if it is my flywheel hitting the shim is what is making the ticking noise.

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In regards to your gauge readings, don't rely on them for accurate readings. But I found that redoing my grounds yielded more consistent readings from the stock gauges and prevented quick changes from doing things such as turning on the headlights. It will also make your car run better overall.
 
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