Question about 2002 Dodge Neon
The oil light goes on when I stop at lights, however I can make it go off by pressing on the gas. I can go about 4 miles in morning without it going on, that's how far it is to work. I can do the same thing coming home, unless there is a lot of long waits at lights, then it comes on sooner. There are no changes in engine sounds when the light is on or off.
Its possible the pressure light is faulty, or you really do have low oil pressure. The pressure is higher when the oil is cold than when the engine is warmed up.
You could replace the switch and see what happens, or get the pressure checked with a mechanical gauge in place of the switch.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
oil level is low you have a leak. or they didn't add enough maybe your oil pump is going bad causing low oil pressure.
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
Most likely the oil pressure switch may be damaged. This is a simple procedure. Change and observe the results
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Change the oil! The 318Cu in V8 (5.2 liter) engine has a problem with sludge build up on the oil pump pickup tube screen. This engine requires oil changes at or before 3500 miles with a high detergent oil.
Posted on Jul 07, 2009
Increasing the weight of the oil by a shade will get rid of the problem, and adding a high-zinc motor oil will eliminate any possibility of sludge in the pan (with proper oil changes). However, as mentioned before, it is a band-aid fix. It will work indefinitely, if you are diligent with changing your oil every 3000 miles. Use 3.8 quarts of Rotella T 15w-40, add one quart of Lucas oil stabilizer, and use a WIX filter with an anti-drainback valve (which isn't really necessary since the filter hangs upside-down on a 2.7, but it's a good habit to use one on everything you drive). Do not use a Fram filter, Valvoline oil, or STP... or anything else. The three I mentioned above are the only ones to use, and DO NOT USE SYNTHETIC OIL/ADDITIVES. I bought a 2004 Intrepid for the whopping sum of $250 that had the oil light/idle/low RPM issue because the owner was told by Sternberg Chrysler Center in Jasper, Indiana that the engine was going to grenade in short order. He wasn't going to pay them in excess of $2000 to replace the engine. I've put tons of miles on it since, and absolutely NO sign of the light, even now with the 2/1 Oxygen Sensor bad (which lowers the idle down to 600 instead of 750-800 where it should be). I'd trust the car cross-country. It's an expensive oil change at around $40 instead of $20 with cheap components, but what's saving your engine worth to you? A heck of a lot, I'd hope!
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
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