South Pointe Chevrolet invites you to find out what caused your Chevrolet oil light to come on.
It can be a little scary when the oil warning light illuminates in your dashboard. Engines need oil, and a lack of it can have disastrous consequences. Before you get too alarmed, determine which oil light is on, do a few simple checks to see why the light is on, and then figure out the next steps. However, if you hear a ticking sound when the light comes on, then you need to pull over as soon as you can. A ticking engine combined with an oil light probably means that your engine is getting damaged, and driving it in this condition could destroy your engine.
Making sure it’s not just a maintenance reminder is your first step to understanding your oil light. Depending on your car, a maintenance reminder could have the same warning light and alarms. If you have delayed getting your recent oil change, it might even say ‘Change Oil Now’ and look quite ominous. It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but should be corrected, so let us do it.
The oil warning light can be triggered if your engine is leaking oil. Some of the more normal reasons for leaking oil are:
You can pop the hood and look for oil leaks, even if you are not a mechanic. The engine will likely be dusty, but you can spot a potential oil leak if you see wet, greasy spots. Adding oil between regular oil changes can be a quick fix, but it could still eventually lead to low oil pressure if it’s not fixed and lead to engine damage.
Low oil pressure means internal components of the engine might not be fully lubricated. An engine that is not properly lubricated can be damaged and cause complete failure if left unchecked. If you have confirmed the engine has the correct amount of oil, then the oil warning light could be from the oil pump, a sensor, or even low oil pressure. Your vehicle should get examined by our technicians in these kinds of circumstances. As mentioned earlier, running an engine on low oil can cause engine failure.
South Pointe Chevrolet is one of the best places to get an oil change in the Tulsa area. We proudly service all makes and models of vehicles. Visit our location online or in person to schedule service and repair for your car or truck. Our friendly technicians are ready to serve you.