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- The first thing to do is check your oil level but you've probably already done that and we'll assume it's OK.
- I'm guessing that this may be an older vehicle?
- When you come to a stop, the engine speed (RPM) is at an idle, and the engine is hot. Hot oil is usually less viscous (a fancy word for thick) so it squishes out between older worn surfaces easier.
- When you first start the engine the oil is cold, thicker, and the pump gives it a higher pressure so the oil light does not come on.
- Recommendation? You could use an additive like STP to thicken the oil up. Idling with the light on is not a good idea as it means that adequate oil might not be getting to parts of the engine that seriously need them.
- Start to consider that some engine maintenance (or replacement) may be in the future, especially if you've high mileage.
Hope this helps.
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