Well it happened since the temps dropped into the teens, the oil light came on then the engine light now thier both on, was going to take to have looked at but theres a knock under the hood, I dont know if it is safe to drive a mile away, also if it is able to be driven how about 3 hours away, I work a long way from home and wont have a chance to have it looked at till I return. Please help
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Re: engine and oil lights on
Hi there... I would not recomend driving your vehicle. there is a possibility that the knock you are hearing could be the lifters. What weight of oil was put inot your vehicle? could be that thw viscosity is too heavy for the temperatures your are experiencing. The engine light could be the knock sensor that has detected the knocking in your engine. Your best bet is to have the vehicle towed to a shop and have them check it out. worst case senario is the oil pump. If you drive with no oil pump you could do great damage to the engine. Hope this helps you out.
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The battery light is usually an indicator of a failed alternator or bad cables causing low power to your electrical system. Without it, your car will run off of battery power until it is discharged and then shut down. Check all connections and test the alternator. If you dont have the facilities to do so, most auto parts chain stores can do it for you right in the parking lot. As for the oil temp light, this is only a cause for concern if its happening with the vehicle at full operating temperature. If its steady on with a cold engine, then just the sensor is bad. Now....if its an oil "pressure" light, thats a completely different story. Do not run the engine until its sorted out. I have never owned a Mazda, so im not 100% on exactly what the light means, but its unusual to have an oil "temp" light. Is your serpentine belt intact?
Change the transmission fluid and filter. The light says fluid temp. is high, so you may have some burnt fluid-deadly for transmissions. Drop the trans. pan and look for metal shavings-too much will indicate failure of transmission parts. If not too much, you may be alright with fluid and filter change. Stop the leak,. make sure it is trans. fluid, not motor oil. If motor oil, stop the leak and change oil and filter. I would do the transmission regardless, since the light came on.
giving the fact that your oil pressure drops tells me that its a high millage worn out motor when the motor is cold the oil is thicker then when the motor is at normal running temp. some people have good luck with using a thicker grade oil such as 10w 40 or 25w 50 and some will still run the same oil as they always have but just use a additive such as lucas oil treatment witch is thicker but works great for worn motors slick 50 is another really good additive as well both of witch i have used and my vote is on the lucas just because i run it in my stock cars we race and all my older trucks.
Could be the oil pressure sender has gone bad or worse case scenario the oil pump has worn out. Check the oil presssure sender first, if it is leaking around it then that is the cause, if not then you may be looking at an oil pump. Just had a 03 ram 2500 doing the same thing and it was the sender, but that was a hemi and it had 230000 miles and a month later had to replace the oil pump for same issue.
The oil pressure warning light only comes on when oil pressure drops below 4psi at this moment there is no oil in the engine most often it does not get to this point because oil, water etc is checked every week. It could be your engine was using oil which would point to an engine fault.