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We’ve got the answers—the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re covering the benefits of high-volume, high-pressure oil pumps.


R.B. • Mannford, OK
Q: I am trying to pick the best oil pump for my street engine. Some say high-volume is the best while others believe high-pressure is the way to go. What is your opinion?

A: Since you’re running a street engine, your best bet is a standard-volume, standard-pressure pump. High-volume pumps are only required to keep oil system accessories like an oil cooler or remote oil filter running effectively. Some engine builders prefer to use high-volume oil pumps on engines with wide bearing clearances and high mileage (rather than rebuild the engine). On the other hand, high-pressure pumps are necessary for circle track and drag racing engines because they provide fast oil circulation to keep up with the higher rpms.

An average daily driver will not benefit from a high-volume or high-pressure pump. However, if you plan on installing an oil system accessory or building a race engine, then you may want to upgrade to a high performance pump.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.