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Oil light comes on at certain times

I have a 2003 Suzuki Vitara, 61,000 miles. The oil light is coming on at certain times, usually when breaking, and then goes off. Have not seen any leaks and the light doesn't come on all the time.

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  • grissettec64 Dec 21, 2008

    Motor1258,



    I'm planning to go to FL, from Atlanta (about 400 miles) and of course planning to change oil/filter before hitting the road. Would that be too risky?

  • debt1965 Dec 22, 2008

    It comes on mostly when I turn on heat and have driffen or hit a bump, just got oil changed. Will this interfer with my traveling for the holidays

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You did check the oil level parked on level ground right? My guess is that your level is either low, or your sensor/oil pressure switch, is getting too sensitive, and may need to be changed. Unless you've changed grade of oil lately. When you stop, your oil in the pan, shifts forward in the pan & starves the oil pick-up momentarily, so if your switch/sensor for oil pressure looses pressure too much during that time, it turns on the light. If your due for an oil & filter change, have it done & make sure it's up to full mark on level ground.If that doesn't cure it, I would change oil pressure switch, oil sender, or oil pressure sensor, whatever it is referred to on your vehicle.

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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    Mike Butler Dec 21, 2008

    Get the oil & filter changed as soon as you can before you go, so that if the light doesn't go out, you have time to get sender replaced, or at least have pressure tested to confirm it is within safe operating range. Turn stereo down once in a while & listen for any new noises in engine sound, just in case.

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First, check the oil level on the dipstick. If it is low, add the required amount of approved motor oil. If the level is correct and the light still comes on, there may be other issues.

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