Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Oil pressure sensor

asked by on

Hi I recently noticed my oil pressure sensor light flicker randomly, so first thing I did was check my oil level and it was at the max mark, what can the issue be ? Could it be the actual sensor or do I have another issue. Thanks in advance

My car has 161000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Just because the oil level is ok, doesn’t mean that there is good oil pressure. The very first thing you should do, is have the oil pressure tested. If the oil pressure is ok, then it could be a failing sensor, or it could be a wiring problem to the oil pressure sensor. If the oil pressure is not ok, then there could be a problem with the oil pump or failing engine bearings. Low oil pressure can cause severe engine damage, so an oil pressure warning light is not good to ignore. You should have the oil pressure light diagnosed by a qualified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, as soon as possible.

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!

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: Car is not registering gears and is losing power.

Hi there. It sounds like an issue with the throttle position sensor on the throttle body. When you cleaned the throttle body, the sensor was probably not functioning correctly and you made it somewhat work. I recommend replacing the throttle...

Q: Knock sensor keeps setting off

I would recommend clearing the P0328 code and then see if the code returns. If the code returns and the engine does not have any knocking noise, then test and replace the knock sensor and retest the system. If the...

Q: Hear noise on driver's side wheel when turning right

The first clicking sound is likely coming from a faulty CV axle. This clicking sound is made by a faulty joint within the cv axle. I would first recommend having a suspension and brakes inspection performed by a qualified professional....

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 are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.