Bob Howard Toyota welcomes you to discover what caused your Toyota oil light to come on.
When the oil warning light illuminates in your dash, it can be nerve-wracking. Engines need oil, and a lack of it can have disastrous consequences. Before you get too concerned, determine which oil light is on, do a few simple checks to see why the light is on, and then decide the next step. However, if the oil light turns on and your engine starts ticking, then you should pull over as soon as possible. Engine ticking combined with the oil light probably means that your engine is likely damaging itself, and continuing to drive it in this condition could ruin your engine.
The first thing in figuring out the oil light is to ensure it is not just a scheduled maintenance reminder. Depending on your car, the maintenance reminder might have the same warning light and sounds. If you’ve put off your recent oil change, it could even say ‘Change Oil Now’ and can look ominous. It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but needs to be taken care of, so let us handle that.
The oil light can be triggered if your engine is low on oil. Some of the more normal causes of leaking oil are:
You can check under the hood for leaks, even if you aren’t a service technician. The engine is going to be dirty, but you can spot a probable oil leak if you see wet, greasy spots around the engine. Adding some oil between regular oil changes can be a band-aid fix, but it could eventually produce low oil pressure if it is not fixed correctly and lead to damage.
Low oil pressure means not all internal components of the engine are not being lubricated correctly. Unlubricated engine parts will be damaged and cause total failure. If you have confirmed the engine has the right oil levels, then the oil light could be from the oil pump, a sensor, or even just low oil pressure. Your vehicle should get immediately checked out by our technicians in these kinds of situations. As said earlier, running an engine on low oil pressure will likely cause total engine failure.
Bob Howard Toyota is one of the most trusted places for oil changes in the Oklahoma City area. We happily service all vehicle makes and models. One of our factory-trained technicians will inspect your vehicle for any necessary repairs and suggest the best resolution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your Oklahoma City service in person or online today.