Low Oil Pressure

Low Oil Pressure
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Low Oil Pressure
1. Safely pull off the road and shut off
the engine.
2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open
the hood and check the oil level
(see page 157). Although oil level
and oil pressure are not directly
connected, an engine that is very
low on oil can lose pressure during
cornering and other driving
The low oil pressure light should
never come on when the engine is
running. If this light comes on with
the engine running, take immediate
4. Start the engine and watch the oil
pressure light. If the light does
not go out within ten seconds, turn
off the engine. There is a mechanical problem that needs to be
repaired before you can continue
driving. (See Towing on page
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick, (see page 157)
Running the engine with low oil
pressure can cause serious mechanical damage almost immediately.
Turn off the engine as soon as you
can safely get the car stopped.
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Charging System Indication
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories: radio, climate control,
rear defogger, cruise control, etc. Try
not to use other electrically-operated
controls such as the power windows.
Keep the engine running and take
extra care not to stall it. Starting the
engine will discharge the battery
The charging system light should go
out after the engine starts. If it comes
on brightly with the engine running,
the alternator is no longer charging
the battery.
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By eliminating as much of the
electrical load as possible, you can
drive several kilometers (miles)
before the battery is too discharged
to keep the engine running. Drive to
a service station or garage where you
can get technical assistance.
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Check Engine Light
If this light comes on, safely pull off
the road and turn off the engine.
Restart the engine and watch the
check engine light. If it stays on, have
your car checked by the dealer as
soon as possible. You should also
have the dealer inspect your car if the
light comes on frequently, even
though it goes off when you do the
above procedure.
If you keep driving with the check
engine light on, you can damage your
car's emission controls and engine.
Those repairs may not be covered by
your car's warranties.
If the check engine light comes on
while driving, there is a problem with
your engine or its emission control
systems. Even though you may feel
no difference in your car's
performance, it can reduce your fuel
economy and cause your car to put
out excessive emissions.
Continued operation may cause
serious engine damage.
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