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Oil light came on car shut down

Was driving to work when the oil light came on and the car shut down. Checked the oil it was fine, I haven't tried to restart it just in case, the care is a 98 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4L engine

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Sounds like the oil pump went bad.
Also check the oil sending unit,and the antiknock sensor.


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