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Light is on...I am driving across country from NC to Colorado...I have made it to Atlanta...the light came on at the end of the 7 hour drive...

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  • lgdoane1 Jan 31, 2010

    This is the oil pressure light not the check engine light

  • lgdoane1 Jan 31, 2010

    Thank you!

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Hi,

Are you talking Regarding Check Engine Light?

If yes, Try to pull out the Battery Cables for Few Minutes, say 30 Minutes and then Plug it Back. If the Light is Still ON, then there is a Problem with the Car.

But, if there is no Driveability issue or no Smell or Strange Smoke from the Car, you could drive the Car back Home and then you could take it to the Auto Zone to get it Scanned. Once Scanned, it would tell you the Error Code that would tell us the Direction.

More About Check Engine Light, Read :-

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Let me know, if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Jan 31, 2010

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Jan 31, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!

    If this is your oil light (again, an oil light should be red in color, not orange) then the light coming on indicates that oil pressure is low. it is not turned on by low oil level (unless the level is so low that the oil pump cannot draw in any oil and is sucking air) nor by oil change interval. There is an oil pressure switch mounted on the engine where it is connected to one of the passages through which pressurized oil from the oil pump flows. An oil light coming on indicates that there is insufficient pressure in the oil passage.

    The cause could be a malfunction in the light circuit such as a faulty pressure switch, or it may be accurately reporting low pressure due to an internal mechanical problem such as a failing oil pump.

    Low oil pressure is a very serious condition that can result in severe internal engine damage very quickly. For that reason you should take the vehicle in to a repair shop to be checked. The mechanic will diagnose the problem by connecting a mechanical oil pressure gauge to the engine to measure actual oil pressure in the engine. If it is a problem in the light circuit,repair cost is usually minimal 9under $100). if it is an actual low oil pressure condition there are many possible internal causes that vary widely in repair cost.

    Start by making sure your oil level is not low, and then have your mechanic check to make sure that your oil pressure is normal.

    Let me know, if needed further assistance.

    Hope i helped you.

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    for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!



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