5 Things You Should Know if the Oil Warning Light - Service Questions serving Sacramento, CA

You're driving along when suddenly the oil warning light in your Subaru comes on. What does this mean? What do you do? Here are five things to know about what could cause this light to come on--and what you should do if it happens.

5. The Light Means Something--So Don't Ignore It

It may look like a magic lamp, but the oil warning light is sadly less exciting than getting three wishes. This warning light on your dash is telling you that the oil pressure in your engine could be low, and that can destroy the engine.

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4. It Could Be Caused by a Bad Sensor

The oil pressure sensor in your vehicle may be malfunctioning. In fact, this is pretty common and typically an affordable fix. However, it's important that you don't assume it's only the sensor that's responsible for the oil light coming on and continue to drive your vehicle with the light on. If the engine is operating with low oil pressure, extensive and costly damage could be the result.


3. It Could Indicate Low Oil Level

The oil warning light could also indicate that your Subaru vehicle's oil level is low. You should check your oil level right away if the light is on. To do so, remove the dipstick, wipe it off with a cloth, reinsert it, and pull it out again. If the oil doesn't come up to the line, you may have found the cause of the engine warning light.

2. Low Oil Pressure Could Be a Cause

Low oil pressure is what this light is designed to warn you about. This can certainly coexist with low oil levels, since a lack of oil means that there's not enough for the system to circulate. However, it could also mean that the pump isn't circulating oil the way it should be, meaning that your engine isn't getting properly lubricated.

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1. Do Not Continue Driving

Whether it's a faulty sensor, low oil level, or low oil pressure, the best course of action is the same: stop driving as soon as you can safely do so after the oil warning light turns on. Oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, so a problem with the oil can lead to massive damage. Have your vehicle towed to your local Subaru service center. This could save you thousands on repair.

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