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What Does the Oil Pressure Warning Light Mean?

You see the warning light shown above illuminate on your vehicle's dashboard - what does it mean and is it important? Let's talk about what the oil pressure warning indicates and what you should do next. 

What does the oil pressure warning light mean? If this light illuminates, it indicates that your vehicle has detected low oil pressure. Either there isn't enough oil in the system or the oil pump isn't properly circulating oil to lubricate engine components. 

What do I do when the light turns on? If you see this light turn on, we recommend pulling over to a safe place and turning off the engine. If your engine continues running with low oil pressure, you risk irreversible and expensive damage occurring to the engine and your engine overheating. 

What can cause low oil pressure?

  1. The oil level is low, either due to a leak or burning up oil
  2. The oil pump is failing and needs to be replaced
  3. The oil pressure sensor is malfunctioning

Don't take a guess at why your oil pressure warning is on - get it to our experts as soon as you can and we will get to the bottom of the issue. 

When you need computer diagnostics in Oakville ON, stop hesitate to give us a call here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre or make an appointment online today. 

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