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Oil pressure light on at idle

When I drive normal or engine cold at idle no oil pressure lightbut when car warms up the oil pressure light comes on at idle.???

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  • Angela03Neon Oct 29, 2008

    While my car is on and idling my light flashes on. As soon as I feed gas, it goes off. I just had an oil change thinking that was why the light came on. 2 days later, same issue. Any other ideas besides the sensor? Maybe the oil pump could cause this? Thanks, Angela

  • sahalie Apr 15, 2009

    It started out my oil light only came on when i came to an idle or hit the brake but now as time has passed it stays on once then engine warms up until i press the gas. I am not sure if it is the oil pressure switch which was already replaced once last year when the engine was rebuilt or if its the pump. any advice would help. Thank you. I have a 04 dodge stratus se

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    I do not have a knock but the check engine light and oil pressure light comes on idle what would cause this

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Car starts normally, engine quite,runs smooth.when car is in gear it seems to make a noise inside the car.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    oil lite goes on when idleing

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Don't delay on this. Take the vehicle in and have the oil pressure sensor checked. It could be just the sensor or it could be something more serious. A drop in oil pressure could lead to catastrophic engine failure.

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Hello, \r\nI have a 2003 dodge neon SE. I hear a loud roaring sound from the front end, the noise is really loud (like a truck) when I start it. When Car in drive the noice is loud but when I place car in park noice goes away. Also noise will go away completely after 20min.-30min. on highway. Also you can hear noice from cab, but not from outside the vehicle. Please help!

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