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Oil light comes on when you stop for red light

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Check you oil level, the oil sloshes around in the oil pan and probably leaves the oil pump dry for a brief moment. If the light stays on all the time while you are stopped the oil pressure switch is faulty or the oil pressure is really down, This could be as a result of engine wear or a faulty pressure relief valve. If the oil level is ok and the pressure switch is right, try a thicker grade of oil designed for older high mileage engines.

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Oil sending units go bad frquently and cause the oil light to come on at idle after the car is warmed up. If you were to take it to a shop, they would test the oil pressure to determine if the pressure is acceptable. I would just go ahead and replace the sending unit. They are not expensive and if that causes the light to go out, and it probably will, you just saved a one hour diagnosis at $90 to $100 an hour. Also, if the oil is overdue to be changed, that can cause the light to come on. Hope this helps. Have a nice Friday :O) Peter

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