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Oil light I have a 2001 Ford Taurus and lately my oil light comes on and just flickers. I have had it checked for problems and none found. It comes on usually after I have driven my car about 7 miles and it only flickers when I apply the brakes at at stop light, then it goes out. What is wrong? I also have another question. I only got one key when I bought this car used....how can I get another key made? Someone told me I can't since it has a chip in it. Is that true?

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You could also have a weak pressure relief valve in the oil pump, or weak pump. You said the light flickers when you come to a stop. If your car is equipped with one, have the oil level sensor checked. It's mounted on the front of the oil pan.With the oil sloshing around in the oil pan and a bad sensor, would also cause the light to flicker. IF THE CAR IS EQUIPPED WITH ONE.
As for the key, if there is an ace hardware near you, go there, they can do it, the one here does, about $69.00. A dealer, probably a lot more.

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The good news: a ford dealer can make you a new key. The bad news, that oil light coming on when the engine is warm, is an indication that you have low oil pressure when the oil gets hot and thin. This is usually an indication that the rod and /or main bearings are about to fail. This pretty much means you need a new (or used) engine. There is an off chance that the oil pressure sender has gone out of calibration and is turning on the light prematurely, but this is rare. The correct way to check this, would be to hook up an oil pressure gauge and let the engine get hot, then compare the readings against specs. Your shop should have done this. Failing that, you could gamble the price of an oil pressure sender and see if the light stays off. If not, put heavier oil in and drive it till she dies because repairing the problem is probably more expensive than a good used engine.

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