Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I smell something burning and my oil pressure light is on. What's wrong?

asked by on

I just had my oil changed today. The oil smelled burnt before it was changed so I got it changed and thought I was good to go. Then, I realized I was still smelling it and my oil pressure sensor light has been coming on. Sometimes when I shift, the car will vibrate and sort of rev up for a second or two and then stop. I checked around under the hood and did not see any leaks and I haven't seen any oil on the ground. I am having issues with my cooling system as well. Could the two be directly related?

This sounds like you are having three different problems:

  1. The engine had burned oil and you changed it and now the oil light is on.

  2. The transmission slips and then catches.

  3. The last thing you mention the cooling system has a problem.

They could all be related to the cooling system overheating the engine and transmission. There is no way to know what is causing the three different problems without a thorough diagnostic inspection of the oil pressure light by a qualified mechanic. You did not list the vehicle, engine or year; it would be hard to identify possible causes with out this basic information.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I smell something burning and my oil pressure light is on. What's wrong?

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine mangenent light all of a sudden. Limp mode

Hi there. Typically, when the engine management light comes on, there is a correlation issue between the APP (accelerator pedal position) sensor and electronic throttle control TPS (throttle position sensor). When this occurs, the PCM (powertrain control module) puts the...

Q: Engine knocking, oil light on, engine quit

If you ran the engine out of oil until the engine quit or locked up, then you tried to add oil after the damage was already done. The engine bearings will need oil to work properly, and when you ran...

Q: I recently replaced my U-Joints on my driveshaft and now my car vibrates, it gets worse the faster I'm traveling.

Hi there. Did the U-joints you installed have grease fittings and did you fill them with grease prior to driving? I know this is a basic step, but one that often gets forgotten. Dry bearings inside the u-joints wont last...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...