Q: oil pressure low light came on one time for a few mins, went out hasnt came back on. what does that mean

asked by on February 16, 2017

Oil pressure low light came on one time for a few mins. It went out and hasn't came back on. No unusual noise. Oil life is 74%. What could this mean

My car has 153000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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

When a low oil pressure warning is displayed, it can normally be narrowed down to one of three basic causes. An oil pressure sensor that is reading a faulty pressure, oil pressure that is actually low due to worn bearings or oil pump, or the most common cause, a low oil level. The low oil level is by far the most common cause, and sets the warning because the level can get low enough that the oil pump is unable to pick up the oil to circulate it through the system. Thus, the system is actually losing oil pressure, and the warning comes on. A low level may be noticed more on hard stops and during cornering, but this is not always the case. With the age and mileage on the vehicle, I would suggest checking the oil every week to ten days, as engines will consume more oil as they age. If you feel you need help in identifying and/or repairing the issue, contact a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic.com.

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

I hear a creaking/squeak kinda noise when turning my steering wheel

Hello, thank you for the video. If the noise occurs when the vehicle is sitting still like the video shows, then you are less worried about any suspension components, and you want to focus in on the tie rods, ball...

Car idling roughly

It sounds like you are experiencing an engine misfire. In your vehicle this is usually a problem with the ignition system which may require a tune up. This would include replacing the spark plugs and ignition wires. It is also...

my transmission is leaking in 2011 chevy aveo I just purchased

Have a certified technician look into the transmission fluid leak as soon as possible. A number of faults can cause the leak. Seals are certainly among them, Output shaft seals, front pump seal, etc, Even the transmission pan seal /...

Car jerking with flashing check engine light.

If your Check Engine Light is flashing, you need to stop driving it until it is fixed. A flashing Check Engine Light is warning you that there is a fire danger because there is to much raw fuel entering the...

Clutch slave cylinder

Hi, thanks for writing in. If your slave cylinder is leaking in this vehicle, I would not recommend driving it at all. It is very likely that within just a few applications of the clutch, you could lose all of...

My headlights went out completely 2006 Chevrolet Impala

Hi there - check the fuses and headlight relay (behind the fuse box) first. These are the most likely failed components causing a lack of headlight function. If you would like assistance, I recommend a headlight system inspection by a...

06 mazda3 runs idles wont accelerate no major engine codes one forlow coolant adn the other for catylist below effeciancy but noth

Be sure to maintain adequate coolant in the engine. If you suspect a leak, request a coolant leak diagnostic. The diagnostic trouble code referring to catalyst efficiency, although that issue should be resolved in a check engine light diagnostic, is...

How do I set the parking brake?

The parking brake is a vital safety feature that helps keep your car from rolling when it is parked. You should always apply the parking brake when you park your vehicle on any incline, and it’s a good idea to...

My truck will not turn over all but all the lights inside and out work. I checked the battery it is good as well as the starter...

Hello, thank you for writing in. When it comes to the stereo wiring, you are going to want to try and restore the electrical wiring to its original set up. If you installed a new stereo, did you use the...

Related articles

2012 Chrysler 200 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu: Which One Should I Buy?
When you are looking for a small-range sedan, you need to get somewhere quickly and inexpensively, and may even need to take a few kids with you. Slightly larger than a commuter car, these mid-size options offer decent gas mileage,...
5 Warning Lights You Should Never Ignore
Car warning lights tell you something in your car needs attention. If you see the Check Engine Light or other warnings, get it inspected right away.
2012 Toyota Camry vs. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu: Which One Should I Buy?
Mid-size sedans are the perfect family vehicle; offering just enough space for you and a few kids, but not so much that a small family will feel lost in them. This class of vehicles is slightly larger than a compact...