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Either your low on oil or the sensor in the oil pan is at fault

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High temp low oil pressure light comes on after driving for a few minutes, then off when engine at driving rpm. At stop light (idle or low rpm) light comes back on. Normal driving it goes out.


You need to find out why you have low oil pressure. It is normal that as engine rpm's increase, the oil pressure will rise- the oil pump is moving oil faster. Even though your light goes out, you could still have critically low oil pressure. There should be sufficient pressure at idle to keep the light off. The light will come on when your oil pressure is almost nil- I believe for some it's as low as 8 psi. Normally, oil pressure at idle is specified anywhere from 15 to 40 psi. You would have to check specifications for your Expedition. To verify oil pressure, hook up a mechanical gauge at the oil pressure sending unit on the engine block. Check with a local shop.

The causes run from easy, simple to budget busting ruin. Low oil level, wrong grade oil, real old oil, oil leaks, internal oil leaks, worn oil pump, worn crankshaft bearings. It was pretty common on older very high mileage cars to have a fluttering oil light at stops and idle. It was time for a rebuild, or time to look for another car.

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Oil light on after engine warm-up on idle


this means a mechanical gauge test is required to check actual pressure warm idling if low below 20 psi then the oil pressure pump relief is stuck open or engine bearing are worn

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Low oil light


Low oil pressure red light ? Does it come on when idling in drive ?
Could be low oil pressure or a faulty switch.

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I have a 01 Mazda Tribute,At low RPM my oil light comes on, I added honey and the light didnt come on for a day. Now its coming on. What should my next step be? Oil Pump? Sensor? Or oil change wth thi


Well it could be a faulty sending switch, or the pressure really could be low. A mechanic would use a mechanical gauge to verify the problem.
If it is low oil pressure, you may need another engine.

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2004 A160 oil light comes on, why?


Oil lights typically come on because low oil//low oil pressure. Check oil level and add if needed, then recheck to see if the light is on or not. Hook up a manual oil pressure gauge to check the pressure. Do you have an oil leak?

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My low oil pressure and low engine oil light are constantly coming on in my van but the oil is full?


If you have two different warning lights, it could be a wiring problem.
The low oil pressure warning could come on even if the engine is full of oil. If that is the only light coming on, it could be the sending unit or you could actually have low oil pressure.

Feb 25, 2013 | 2000 Chevrolet Venture

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Why my oil light doesn't come on when my oil is low?


Your oil light is probably pressure sensing and not level sensing. Of course when your oil level is low your pressure should also be low, I'd check the oil pressure sensor.

Jan 17, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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What causes the oil light to come on?


The oil light will come on orange if your oil level is low. The oil light will come on red if your oil pressure is low. The oil light will come on, then turn off if your oil level sensor needs replacing. Alex

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Oil level low light comes on. When I turn


some cars with oil level warning light on, it doesn't mean that its only reading the engine oil level is low, sometime the transmission fuid too. Did you check your transmission fluid if it is ok or not? try to check and let us know, ok.

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The oil light keeps coming on. The oil has been


Have you checked your oil because this sounds like you are low on oil. If you are not low on oil then you need low oil sensor may be bad ..Hope this helps

Nov 17, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Intrepid

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