Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

asked by on

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

A: The Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light on th...

The Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light on the dashboard is most commonly an indication that the engine is burning oil or that the engine is losing oil. Some other reasons that the Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light is on in the dashboard are from the oil pressure sensor not operating properly, or from a faulty oil pump. Engine oil (or motor oil) is an important part of proper engine function for several reasons. It is a lubricant for engine components, distributes heat that is generated by the engine, and redirects dirt and debris to the oil filter.

Without engine oil (or motor oil), the engine and its components cannot work properly. Allowing the Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light to stay on without being addressed immediately may cause extensive damage to other engine components. For this reason, operating a vehicle when this warning light is on is strongly advised against. If the Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light comes on in the dashboard, it is necessary to stop operating the vehicle and contact a certified technician immediately to diagnose the problem and make necessary repairs.

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: Engine idle fluctuates

There are a couple of reasons your engine idle may run high such as a vacuum leak or a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with...

Q: a very bad miss in morning

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the ignition system for any burned spark plugs and burned plug wires. Make sure that all of the spark plugs have a solid blue spark. If the ignition system is working correctly, then...

Q: How do I unbuckle the lap and shoulder seat belt?

Your lap and shoulder seat belt is very easy to unbuckle. Simply locate the belt latch, and press hard on the button until the lap and shoulder buckle pops out. Guide the lap and shoulder belt back to the belt...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...