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 as soon as it’s safe.

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. There are a few things you can look for:

  • Check the oil level. If it is low, add some engine oil and see if the light goes off. If it does, you’re good to go.
  • If you have enough oil but the engine is running noisily, your oil pump could be faulty. You shouldn’t drive until it is fixed.
  • If you have enough oil and the engine is running smoothly, your oil sensor could be bad. Your vehicle is safe to drive, but you will want to get the sensor replaced.

Virginia Tire & Auto’s expert technicians can fix your oil system so that it functions smoothly again. If your vehicle is safe to drive, bring it to one of our 13 convenient locations to get things taken care of. If it is unsafe, call a tow truck to bring it to us and we will get you back on the road.

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