Q: HI I was driving home today and noticed while I was at a traffic light my oil light started to flicker.

asked by on March 06, 2017

My oil light flicker's at a traffix light. I put 2 quarts of suggested oil in the car cause it was low. And it is still flickering on idle. When I step in the gas it is gone.

My car has 99000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Oil Pressure Light is on Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Engine oil pressure may be below the requirement at idle. To determine that, temporarily install an external pressure gauge and verify that you have at least 5 PSI at idle, although you should compare against the pressure specification set forth in the Factory Service Manual. If pressure is below the minimum requirement, that would explain the flickering of the oil light at idle. As far as what to do about it, if the low pressure is due to wear in the engine bearings, resolving that requires rebuilding the engine. If the low pressure is due to a fault in the oil pump, that pump is replaceable. To have this further evaluated, the recommended service is an oil pressure diagnostic. If you request that service, the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Replacing halogen headlights with xenon or LED

The halogen headlights only require that they are plugged into the the proper socket to work. LED or xenon headlights would not work as they would require heavily modifying the lighting system. LED lights draw much less power than...

What does the ABS Light mean on the dash?

There are quite a few important lights on the dash of your car. One of them is the ABS Light. Under normal conditions, the only time you should see this light turn on is when you first crank the ignition....

Van not starting - 1996 Ford E-150 Econoline Club Wagon

The fuel pressure would need to be checked to see if the fuel pump relay or pump has gone bad. The relay is near the battery under the plastic cover with the computer relay. If you would like, a certified...

Does a transmission rebuild kit fix transmission slipping and seal leaking?

A transmission rebuild kit will normally include all seals and gaskets as well as other major components that contribute to the overall performance of the transmission. If the part is a wear item or a potential leak source, the rebuilt...

Car stalling while idling

Your concern may be from improper air/fuel metering or malfunctioning engine component position sensors (camshaft and crankshaft). The engine's computer relies on signals concerning the position of the engine's internal components for proper ignition timing. A false or absent signal...

Hesitating reversing and over 50 trans light comes on in drive

If you have a transmission fluid dipstick, check the fluid level. If there is no dipstick, view the bottom of the transmission case and output shafts and see if there are any obvious big leaks. Inadequate fluid is one cause...

My coolant is boiling out of my overflow tank.

This is most likely the result of a failing fan switch relay or a failed thermostat. The thermostat is a component that regulates the flow of coolant through the motor based upon specific temperatures. When the engine reaches a certain...

hard to back up when van gets hot okay when it's cold

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the transmission fluid. If you have not had the transmission serviced, it is time to check the level and condition of the fluid and replace the filter....

Revving problems

Hi there. This issue is typically caused by one of two issues. Either the throttle body blades are dirty and are sticking or the idle control valve is damaged and needs to be replaced. Before you purchase new parts, you...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford F-250
When When it comes to large, heavy-duty pickup trucks, the 2012 Ford F-250 only has two competitors – the Chevrolet Silverado HD and the Dodge Ram 2500/3500. Though the F-250 doesn’t outperform the Ram in the towing department, it certainly...
Top 10 PZEV Cars for Eco-Friendly Drivers
Teddy Leung / Shutterstock.com The whole idea of a PZEV (that is, a partial zero-emissions vehicle), seems paradoxical. You’d think it’d have to either be zero-emissions or not in the category at all. But as contradictory as...
The Top 5 Selling Cars in Arizona in 2012
Depending Depending on where you live in Arizona, the weather is either arid or there may be periods of heavy snow – such as in the mountain areas. The vehicles that have been popular in previous years for the area,...