Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

Safety October 12, 2015

Why Is My Dashboard Oil Light On?

Your dashboard serves as an alert system for many parts on and in your car. If you are driving and a light illuminates that says “OIL” or looks like an old fashioned oil can, you should STOP THE CAR IMMEDIATELY!

This is one warning light that should be taken seriously. The oil light comes on when your engine suffers a drop in oil pressure. Without oil pressure, it can’t lubricate itself, and the result is self-destruction. The consequence of ignoring this alert is guaranteed to include significant internal engine repairs.

If the oil light comes on while you are driving, pull over as soon as it’s safe and turn the engine off. Check the oil level. If it is low, add some engine oil and see if the light goes off. If not, get your vehicle to one of Virginia Tire & Auto’s 13 northern Virginia locations for a check up.

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