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: How do you check the manual transmission fluid?

Your car’s manual transmission needs fluid just like an automatic transmission does. It’s necessary for lubrication, for preventing friction and for maintaining pressure inside the transmission itself. If the fluid gets low, you may experience problems with shifting and driving....

Q: How do I change the radio station in a 2012 Ford F-150?

Playing music while driving is a big part of the driving experience and your truck is equipped with a radio that allows to you play various kinds of music through different stations. To change the Radio Station. Use the...

Q: What do I do if the seat belt tensioners have been used?

The tensioners are located in the front seat belts, and are an important part of your vehicle’s seat belt system. During certain levels of impact and collision, the tensioners activate, and help tighten the front seat belts to keep the...

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...
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...
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...