Is It Safe to Drive With the Oil Pressure Light On?

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When your Oil Pressure Light comes on, you can bet that there is a reason. It could be something as simple as being low on oil, or it could be an indication of serious engine problems. The trouble is, you don’t know whether the problem is serious or no big deal, so your best course of action is to pull over immediately and turn off your engine. This is because if your oil pressure goes down to nothing, you could damage your engine to the point where you will need significant repairs, and may even need to replace the engine.

So, what causes your Oil Pressure Light to come on? It could be a number of things:

  • Low oil level could be the cause. This is the simplest to correct – just top off your oil, see if the light goes out, and if it does, you can get back on the road.

  • A faulty oil pump could also be the culprit. If the level on the dipstick is showing between “add” and “full,” and then engine was running noisily, you need to stop driving until the issue can be corrected. You could have a bad oil pump.

  • On the other hand, if the level is between “add” and “full,” and then engine was running quietly, you could have a bad oil pressure sending unit, light switch, or oil pressure gauge. You can safely drive home and have this fixed, but if the engine starts to sound noisy, stop immediately and call for a tow truck.

  • You could also have leaking gaskets or seals. You will need to top up your oil, and again, you can safely drive home. Make sure to get the oil seals or gaskets replaced, though, because if they give out all at once you could end up with a seized motor and very expensive repairs.

  • Another possible cause could be worn engine bearings. If this is the case, you will probably need to have your engine rebuilt or replaced.

So, is it safe to drive with the Oil Pressure Light on? Depending on the cause, you can probably drive safely for long enough to have the problem diagnosed and corrected by a qualified mechanic. At YourMechanic, we can diagnose why your Oil Pressure Light has come on and recommend a solution.


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Jeffrey

25 years of experience
837 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
BMW 323i - Oil Pressure Light is on Inspection - Charlotte, North Carolina
Jeffery was great. His job was to diagnose a low oil pressure issue with my 2000 BMW 323i. Jeffery was thorough, researched the problem, kept me updated with his progress and answered any questions I had along the way. Unfortunately, the repair that I needed was a bit extensive and is not offered by My Mechanic. However, if it was a project the service offered, I would definitely want Jeffery to do the job.
Toyota Highlander - Oil Pressure Light is on - Charlotte, North Carolina
Jeffrey was able to determine the problem right away and, although he didn't have the replacement part on hand, was able to install the new part and perform the oil/filter change less than an hour after the diagnostic. As with our past experiences with Jeffrey, things went smoothly and my car is happy again!

Breck

18 years of experience
527 reviews
Breck
18 years of experience
Chevrolet Tahoe - Oil Pressure Light is on - Spring, Texas
This is my second appointment with Breck. He is very professional, taking time to answer my questions and explain the issues with my vehicle. I am very pleased and will use Breck/Your Mechanic again.
Oldsmobile 98 - Oil Pressure Light is on - Houston, Texas
The mobile mechanic came. I must say I am impressed! He found my house. He and I started talking. He said he owned two Ninety Eights previously. He was there to look at my Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. He had two Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Touring Sedans. The ones he owned were from the 1987-1990 era. He was describing the floor shifters and they had and how much he liked Ninety Eights, Touring Sedans, and the Oldsmobile Eighty Eight LSS too. He talked about how a family member owned one and how he was fixing his. He talked in detail about the Touring Sedan and the things he loved. He asked me how long had I owned my Ninety Eight. I told him 2003. He told me how he become a mechanic and went to school for it and more. He got into the Ninety Eight and it would not start. He got out and disconnected the battery and rubbed the negative and positive battery terminals together. He reconnected them and the Ninety Eight started! The instrumentation then told him exactly what it was. There is a sensor at the bottom of the oil pan. He said by doing what he did with the terminals, it cleared the computer and reset it. We went underneath the car and he showed me the sensor. He said which one did you replace? I told him. He said you were on the right path. You know what you are doing. You need to replace this sensor and not the one you did. You can get the sensor and replace it because it is clear you know what you are doing and on the right path. He said you also need to replace your valve cover gaskets. They are leaking. I told him I will request him to come back and do that. I am not doing that even thought I can.

Matt

13 years of experience
21 reviews
Matt
13 years of experience
Mazda MPV - Oil Pressure Light is on - Tempe, Arizona
Very happy with the service I received with Matt. He took the time to learn about my vehicle history and maintainence as well as explaining all my options regarding his diagnosis. Absolutely will recommend him and call him again regarding any car issues I may have down the road.

Andrian

30 years of experience
73 reviews
Andrian
30 years of experience
BMW 528i - Oil Pressure Light is on - Pompano Beach, Florida
Andrian was early for the appointment. Very knowledgeable and put my mind at ease immediately. We scheduled the repair together after his diagnosis and I look forward to working with him in the future

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