Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Reduce oil level warning

asked by on

I get a warning light on my dashboard that reads, “Reduce Oil Level” when I have been driving over 50 mph for more that 5 minutes. I get this message when driving on the freeway only – not when I am driving stop and go in town. And when I do the oil check in the morning the dashboard reads that everything is OK. Do you have any ideas on this problem? I am not sure what's going on. And one other question - at what temperature should my car be running normally?

A: Hello. It sounds like the oil is thinning o...

Hello. It sounds like the oil is thinning out due to the heat of the engine when the car is operating at high speeds. This will result in the low oil sensor giving a false reading. There could also be a problem with the low oil level sensor itself giving a false reading when the car is operating at high speeds. The oil thinning out could be an indication that you need an oil change and/or that a higher quality of oil in the car is necessary. The recommended oil for you care is mobile one synthetic. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, come and complete an inspection of the warning light in order to pinpoint your problem.

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: Overheating - 2001 Cadillac Seville

Hello. This is a problem within the engine. Most of the time the head gasket leaks internally or there is an issue with one of the cylinder heads. A block check would need to be done in order to be...

Q: Display "Transmission Over Temp"

There are a lot issues with the connector between the starter and the totally integrated power module (TIPM) in the Jeep Commander. This can cause a host of issues including the transmission temp message and no starting. In some instances...

Q: My car has been jerking and wont accelerate.

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2004 Suzuki Forenza. You have a few different faults going on with your car. If you have a 1+2 shift malfunction there are a few potential causes. The most common cause is...

Related articles

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...
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.