So, you’re driving home, and that red oil can pops up on your dashboard. What does this mean? What’s the next step? Follow these instructions to get closer to the solution.

First, it’s essential to understand the urgency and importance of the oil light. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Continuing to run the engine without enough oil to lubricate the parts can devastate the components in your engine. If you see that red oil can on the dashboard, it’s important to pull over immediately to preserve the life of your engine.

Once pulled over, you should check the oil level using the dipstick. The solution could be as simple as adding more oil to your car. While you’re checking your oil, look around your vehicle for signs of a leak. If it’s needed, add more oil and re-check the status of your automobile. If the light is gone, it could be possible that you simply needed more oil.

Another possible reason behind the oil light could be low oil pressure. Low oil pressure could mean the pump isn’t moving enough oil around your engine, or there isn’t enough oil to circulate. It’s crucial not to let your car run with low oil pressure as this can eventually ruin your engine and break your motor.

It’s worth noting that it could be an issue with your sensor. Contaminants can creep into your oil pump, causing the sensor to identify issues falsely. This problem is severe, so we recommend that you contact an ASE-certified mechanic to inspect your oil pressure thoroughly. You can always call Ferber’s Tire and Auto for an inspection.

Written by Ferber's Automotive & Body Shop