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Is there any warning giving on the cockpit dials if the oil pump fails on a car engine

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Yes. There's a bright red oil pressure light. It's the one which you see briefly when the ignition is in the on position before turning fully to start. The light goes off as soon as the engine is running with normal oil pressure and only come on again if the oil pressure drops below specifications or if the sensor is faulty.

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