Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil light came on & car stalled

asked by on

We filled the gas tank and as we were driving back to the house the oil light came on & the car died. We were sitting at a stop sign. I tried to start it & nothing. It finally started, no oil light so I got it around the corner to the house. At the advice of Dodge dealership, I had a flatbed come get it. Also I sat in front of my house for 20 min with it running. No oil kight, no stalling. I had checked the oil the day before & it was good. I didn't not notice what the oil pressure was before the stall.

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If your engine loses oil pressure or the oil pressure sending unit fails for some reason, such as a bad sensor or wiring connection to the sender the engine control module, this will shut down the engine and not allow it to start until the engine has an oil pressure signal again to the engine control module.

If you had it towed to your home then you can have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic at 1-800-701-6230, come and check to see if code P0520 or other codes are stored. They will be able to diagnose your car’s starting issue and get you back on the road.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Oil light came on & car stalled

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: Transmission issue

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. With the engine only revving up and the transmission is not moving in any direction forward or reverse, then there is a problem with the pump in the transmission. The transmission oil pump...

Q: Hi my steering light is on but I know that my battery is not functioning properly. Can the malfunction battery affect the steering

Hello. If there is a voltage issue going on within the vehicle, then that can affect the function of the power steering. I would usually start by making sure that the engine drive belt is intact and tight. If it...

Q: How many hours does it take for engine oil cooler o rings to be replaced...

I would say the labor time on this particular job would vary depending on your experience level. I would imagine 1-3 hours depending on the location of the oil cooler and if the O rings can be replaced without fully...

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 Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...