Q: Q: Oil pressure

asked by on

After driving on the interstate for about an hour, my oil pressure drops and I get the warning HUD. I thought I'd start with changing the oil. I've read about 'dropping the pan' - please explain that to me and is changing the oil my first step?

The first step is to check that your engine has the correct oil level. If the vehicle has enough oil, the problem is probably with the engine. A worn oil pump, restricted oil passages, or worn engine bearings will cause low oil pressure. In instances such as these, the oil pan is sometimes dropped to inspect and/or replace the engine rod and main bearings. The oil pump pickup screen is is typically also checked for restrictions at this time. I wouldn’t keep driving your vehicle until you have the Oil Pressure Light inspected by a trained professional. The team at YourMechanic is an excellent option since we make house calls.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Oil pressure

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: Can't start car because key won't turn

I would first recommend you turn the steering wheel back and forth, and see if that will perhaps allow you to turn the key. Most vehicles have a locking mechanism that will prevent the ignition lock from turning if the...

Q: 93 saab stalls when I accelerate. I replaced iac and cleaned mass air flow sensor and throttle body.

This may be a sign of a faulty MAP sensor as the vehicle responds adversely to a load put on the motor (i.e. putting it in gear, making turns (which makes use of the power steering pressure switch) turning on...

Q: Stop car check oil warning

This light will usually come on when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a faulty reading. I...

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...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...