What does it mean if the Low Oil Pressure light comes on in the dash?
Your car has quite a few important lights on the dash designed to provide information and alert you to impending problems. The Low Oil Pressure light (looks like a little oil can) should come on briefly during startup and then go out. However, if it comes on and stays on, it indicates a potentially very serious problem. Here’s what to do:
Pull over (safely)
Turn on your hazard lights
Shut off the engine
Allow the engine to sit for a couple of minutes
Pop the hood
Open the hood
Check the oil level
If it’s low, top it off to full
Replace the oil cap
Start the engine
Watch the Low Oil Pressure light. If it does not go out after a few seconds, do not drive the car. Call a tow truck.
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