Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the Engine Oil Pressure light mean on the dash?

asked by on

What does the Engine Oil Pressure light mean on the dash?

A: One of the most alarming lights you’ll see ...

One of the most alarming lights you’ll see on the dash of the Fusion is the Engine Oil Pressure light. It looks like a little oil can, and it will come on under a couple of different conditions. Here’s what you should know:

  • The light should come on briefly during startup. It should go out again within a few seconds after it has conducted its self-check (to ensure that the light is working).

  • The light will come on if the engine experiences a drop in oil pressure. While this may be related to the oil level in the engine, it may also be related to a failure of another part (the oil pump, a blocked screen, etc.).


If the Engine Oil Pressure light comes on in your car, have the vehicle inspected immediately.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Cracked my oil pan, lost oil, and now wont start. Did i kill it?

If you lost all your oil, I'm afraid that by the time the oil light came on, you had already done some damage. If you continued to drive with an oil pressure warning, you may have wrecked it. Once the...

Q: How often should I have my steering system checked?

Just like your brakes, your steering system is an essential part to the control and safety of your vehicle. Safety is a huge concern with both of these systems since a brake failure can keep you from stopping your...

Q: Toyota Rav 4 vs. Ford Explorer Sport

I'd go for a RAV by far. Those things can last forever. If you are like me and you keep your car for a really long time, you'll be happy with the longevity of the RAV4. If you are one...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...