The oil light is an important warning indicator in your car that you should always take seriously. It signals that there is a problem with your engine oil system, which is a crucial component for keeping your car running smoothly. Here's what the oil light means and what you should do if it comes on.
What does the oil light mean?
The oil light is usually represented by an oil can icon or the word "OIL" on your car's dashboard. When this light comes on, it means that the oil pressure in your motor has dropped too low, which can cause serious damage to your engine if not addressed immediately. Low oil pressure can be caused by many different things, including a low oil level, a malfunctioning oil pump, or a clogged oil filter.
What should you do if the oil light comes on?
If the oil light comes on while you're on the road, the first thing you should do is pull over to a safe location as soon as possible. Continuing to drive with the oil light on can cause major damage to your engine, so it's important to take immediate action. Once you've safely pulled over, turn off the engine and check the oil level using the dipstick. If the oil level is too low, add more oil until it reaches the recommended level. However, if the oil level is normal, there may be a more serious issue that needs to be addressed by a professional mechanic.
When should you have your oil system inspected?
Regular maintenance of your engine oil system is crucial for preventing low oil pressure and avoiding costly repairs. It's recommended that you have your oil system inspected at least once a year, or more frequently if you drive in harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures or dusty environments.
If your oil warning light has recently come on, please do not wait to bring your car to Sunny Service Center for a proper assessment and repairs. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call.