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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-31-2019, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Low oil pressure warning light

Not for sure if this is the right section or not but my oil pressure light came on while driving on the highway. I left my house it was -4 degrees and about 40 min. into my drive it was 5 degrees. The oil pressure light came on for about 10 sec went off. I was looking for a place to pull over and it came on again for about 10 sec then went off. I pulled over and it came on while idling again. I never had a reduced power when it came on (I was driving about 60mph). While stopped I checked the oil and it was fine. Since the warning was off I drove back home and it never came on again. I was wondering if the cold temps could of played a part in this? Any ideas?

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I live in very cold winter climate and use 5w30 oil. No issues with the oil warning light. How long your oil filter was changed the last time?

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First thing I'd do is check oil level. Early 1st gen's seem to be thirsty.

Won't be good for your timing chain, either.

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Oil and filter changed about 4 months ago.
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Oil and filter changed about 4 months ago.
Check it anyway. As I said, the early 1st gens drink oil. Put 5-1/2 qts in, get 3-1/2 qts out 3 months later.

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As you said in your starter post you stopped beside the road and your oil level was full. I can only conclude that you may have a defective oil pressure switch sensor maybe. Have the oil pressure checked at the dealer with a manometer to be on the safe side.
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Guess I missed that it was "fine." (Whatever that really means.) Sorry.

However, if it was changed 4 months ago, I would really be surprised with "fine." I know my 2011 drank oil, and many others have reported their early 1st gen drinking oil. Hard to imagine yours would not be thirsty.

So again, I'd suggest you double-check.

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As you said in your starter post you stopped beside the road and your oil level was full. I can only conclude that you may have a defective oil pressure switch sensor maybe. Have the oil pressure checked at the dealer with a manometer to be on the safe side.



That's how my oil pressure switch went bad o a Chevy, erratic at first coming on then going out for a while.


Pressure sensor is one item where is is best to swap out with a new one, and screw on a new filter to replace the pressure bypass valve. The cost and ease of replacement of the sensor and filter is negligible when compared to pulling the pan and replacing the oil pump/pressure relief valve on the pump.
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OK. Next thing is the pressure switch, as others have said.
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