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How low is my oil when the light comes on. My oil light did not come on until my car was completely empty of oil. Is that normal?

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No, not normal at all! If your oil light comes on, stop driving before you ruin the engine! The light indicates not necessarily low oil, but lack of pressure. Either way, you need to get it fixed. If you add oil and the problem comes back soon, then you have other problems, like leaks, or a failing oil pump.

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