Each time we turn on the car, most of us only spare a fleeting glance at the dashboard warning indicators… if we even look at them at all. These warning lights can come on at any time and people usually recognize the more common battery light or service required light. But many drivers are less familiar with the oil pressure light, a warning indicator related to your engine oil.
The engine oil plays a major role in engine function, as it lubricates metallic components, reduces friction, and disperses heat from the engine to prevent part damage. To further ensure that the engine functions properly, the engine oil helps trap debris and directs it to the engine oil filter.
The oil pressure warning light usually goes off within a few seconds of turning on your car, but it’s important to pay attention to this light because it could indicate that your engine has lost critical oil pressure. Low oil pressure could mean that there is too little engine oil in the system, or that the oil pump isn’t distributing oil well enough to keep engine components lubricated.
When the oil light comes on, your car could be losing or burning oil. Low oil levels can result in major engine damage, so it’s essential that you respond quickly and carefully when that small image (one of an oil-can) lights up and stays illuminated. Below are some tips for what to do when your car’s oil pressure light comes on: