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.).

Tip

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Dash lights stay on until the car starts running

Hi! We will be happy to assist you. The hood light not working is likely due due to a bad bulb or a loose wire. There are a few things I recommend that a technician inspect to find as to...

Q: Overheating, drop in oil pressure when coming to a stop

I would start by checking the thermostat. If this is not working correctly, the car will quickly overheat. Driving may temporarily keep the temperature down due to wind circulation, however once you are stopped this goes away, especially if the...

Q: My compressor went out. Will that cause my engine to not operate?

Hello. If you have an engine that is cranking but not starting, then you need to look on dashboard to see if the theft light is flashing first. If it is, then try a different key to see if that...

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...
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.