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Oil warning light is on, but it isn't low on oil.

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Try unhooking one of the battery cables and leave it off for at least 20 minutes. When you hook it back up the computers should re-boot. That has solved problems for me with heater, interior lites, power windows, AC, day time running lites, power mirrors, CD player, and wipers on GM autos and S-10 PU and Dodge trucks. None of the switches are connected to the device they control anymore. The switch tells the computer to open the window and the computer send a signal to the window motor. When the computer gets confused strange things will happen or not happen. Of course you may have to re-set your radio stations.

If that doesn't fix it, find the sensor and replace it. I am assuming that you really do have oil pressure or your engine would be seized up. If it comes back on, you can get the computer error codes read out at Advance Auto parts for free.

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