Q: The oil light comes on after i turn off engin, or when i have the car on but not the engin running.

asked by on

The oil light comes on when the car is at rest (the engin not running) but once i. Start the car the light goes off. I checked the level of oil in car and the level of oil is average, and then there is an leak in my driveway.

My car has 128950 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The oil light will usually come on when the vehicle ignition powered on, and turn off once the engine is started and oil pressure is created. The oil light is meant to warn you that the oil pressure has dropped low, and is designed to turn off once the correct pressure is reached. If you are finding oil on your driveway then I would carefully examine the engine bay to see if you can determine the source of the leak. A few common places for oil leaks are at the valve cover and oil pan.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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. The oil light comes on after i turn off engin, or when i have the car on but not the engin running.

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: How many transmission, engine, torque strut mounts I need for replacement?

Generally when one engine or transmission mount fails, others may fail soon after. When one mount fails, added stress is placed on the remaining mounts to hold the engine and transmission in place. Your vehicle should have 4 engine and...

Q: Replaced master cylinder, bled all four sides pedal still goes to floor HELP 😔

If you have clean brake fluid at the wheels after following the proper bleed sequence, I would try bench bleeding the master cylinder one more time and bleeding at the wheels afterwards. If you still don't have a proper brake...

Q: Chrysler Sebring is still running hot after a radiator flush

This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a plugged radiator, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...