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Oil light indicator coming on

I have a 1997 Eclipse. There are two orange oil light indicators on my display, one to the left, under the SRS indicator, the one on the right is next to the ABS indicator.. When I switch the engine on, they both go out, but when I'm travelling, the one on the left keeps coming on. I have checked all my oil levels and they appear OK. I cannot tell what this indicator is supposed to represent. Can you please enlighten me.

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  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    I apologise for the wrong location of the oil light which is coming on. It is the right hand one next to the ABS indicator. We have checked the wiring and the fuses and they are both OK. The problem would appear to be when some fluid surges and a warning indicator goes on but we have checked everywhere that could possibly have a low warning indicator, (which isn't many) and all our oil levels but is still comes on.

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    Until we know what this light represents we can't check to see if a wire is shorting out. The main question I'm asking is WHAT does this light represent on the car. Once we find that out, we can trace it back to the component and work from there. I would like to know what it is first before going further than we have otherwise we could be stripping the whole car wiring

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    I know that there may be a problem with the wiring, but until I know what this light represents. I don't know which part of the wiring to look at. ALL IM ASKING AT THE MINUTE IS, WHAT ITEM ON THE CAR DOES THAT LIGHT REPRESENT. Once we know that, we will know where to look and what to do. Please, initially, just tell me what the light is attached to then I will ask you further how we should fix it.

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    Can someone please look at their service manual on the page where the instrument cluster is showing, and tell me what the orange oil can dripping oil, next to the ABS is attached to on the car. We know where the light is for the engine oil and that is OK with plenty of oil in the sump. it's OK giving advice on what to do with the wiring, but until we know what this light is attached to, we don't know which bit of the wiring, or the relays, to check. I can't show satisfaction in your answer until you have answered the simple question.

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    It's not the breke fluid master cylinder as there is no low warning sensor on it, nort the clutch. Any more suggestions???

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    It's not the brake fluid master cylinder as there is no low warning sensor on it, nor the clutch. Any more suggestions???

  • dmallaburn Nov 14, 2008

    I did NOT SAY it was the SRS light. I said it was an orange oilcan NEXT to the SRS light on the instrjument display. The SRS light goes out normally. Will someone pleasae just tell me what the dripping orange oilcan NEXT to the SRS light is connected to then we can do something about it

  • dmallaburn Nov 18, 2008

    We have cjhecked all over the car to find a sender that corresponds with this light. The sump level light seemed OK when we tested it but that is the only possible solution. Shorting the wires out put the light on, so we will be changing it ASAP. At least we know we have the required amount of oil in the sump

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Since you have good oil level i would say check the oil pressure sensor wiring you can try to google a wiring diagram for the engine wiring or get a book for it

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Wow. So many suggestions, so little substance.
I apologize to you on behalf of FixYa.
The light that you speak of is the OIL PRESSURE lamp. This light comes on if you have low oil pressure. If you DID have low oil pressure, your engine would probably be making horrible noises by now. It only takes a few minutes of low/no oil pressure to destroy an engine. So, in my opinion, you have a failed oil pressure sending unit. The oil pressure presses upon the inside of sending unit, and, as long as there is sufficient oil pressure, said pressure keeps the oil light circuit open, and keeps the light off. No oil pressure, an internally failed sending unit, or a wire from the sending unit contacting metal in the engine compartment will all light the light.
Please comment back if you need more information.

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Possible oil sending unit. they get week and send false info. also they leak ill do some checking. what engine?

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    Jimmy Nov 14, 2008

    is this turbo? gs gs-t gsx rs or a spyder awd - fwd

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    Jimmy Nov 14, 2008

    this car on all models only have a pressure sending unit........ no oil level sender....... you can have it checked for pressure at a shop. i would make sure the oil viscosity is correct. thinner oil can cause a pressure issue. im positive the sending unit is bad. its on the back side of the engine...... good luck justuscc

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    toyota ed ......... we answered that already!!!!!!!!!! good answer......... hats off to the qualified techs here for their knowledge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi

That's a SRS light. SRS systems are to do with your airbag safety circuits. better have it check specially the connector for it.

Hope this helps

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Hi!!!
try to check your brake oil
or refill the brake fluid in order to full!!
or may be the wire
replaced it!!!!

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Hi,

There something wrong with the wiring of the light indicator. Check it well cause it has shorted. That light that keeps coming on indicates malfunction. If you dont have experience in wiring i suggest to go to service centern. Thank you...please dont rate me if not satisfied..

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Sum wire getting short on the board  

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    futureloginn Nov 14, 2008

    Do you check the Oil Meter placed in oil tank sometime they will be getting dam so they give wrong information to your light indicators..

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    futureloginn Nov 14, 2008

    Check power break, that is free or not touching to the switch so, that will indicate sum wrong indication  


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Check all the wiring in it

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    There may be a short circuit in your relay box that is causing your
    horn and lights to stay on. The fuses for those items may also be
    under the steering column inside the car, or in the fuse box under the
    hood near the battery. Either way, you should have mechanic inspect
    your electrical system to be safe.

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The indicator is the low oil level light, if the oil is full then the level indicator sensor is defective, it is it is located in the side of the oil pan, these are prone to failure, have seen this many times in the during the 30 years I have worked in new car dealers, it is a ground sensor, no power goes to it, it just grounds, so it can't be shorted, replace the sensor for the low oil light and that should be it. The other indicators that go on when the key is turned on are going through prove out to show they have good bulbs, it is a test mode, when the engine starts they go out just as you said.

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