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Oil light?? i have a 2004 sebring conv., when i'm driving everything is fine, but when i put on the brakes my oil light comes on. does anyone know why?

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  • james_v_barb Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same problem and I was told it could be the timing chain is worn. They said due to the slack the oil can't build up pressure and drains back into the pan from up in the valve cover.

  • carolewynn Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem. Have you had it fixed or has someone looked at your car


    columbus, ga

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    Mine just started with the oil light flickering at stop lights. Take it out of gear, or just slightly excellerate, and the light goes right off. Changed the oil and filter, and the problem is still there. It only happens after the engine reaches full ooperating temprature. Everything else seems fine. The car is not using/burning any oil. It does have 114,000 miles on it, and I do change the oil at 3000-3500 mile intervals.



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I was lucky on mine. It was just a bad oil sender switch that needed to replaced, plus the cable connector up-grade. Oil was leaking past the switch. Oil pressure was measured at full spec, both at idel and running.

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I have a 04 Sebring with the same problem with 50,000 miles. I talked to Chrysler and fount out the sending unit was loose. I pulled it out cleaned it and put it back in. I now have 80,000 miles on it and No problem

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May be just at the low limit. when the inertia sloshes oil forward the sensor can no longer "see oil" and reports it as low. Check at dipstick and add as necessary.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    If a warning light says OIL or you see a little icon of an oil can, DO NOT ignore this warning light. It means your engine is not getting normal oil pressure. Stop driving immediately, turn the engine off and check the engine's oil level. If low, add oil to bring the level up to the FULL mark on the dipstick.
    The oil pressure warning light comes on when oil pressure drops below a minimum threshold (the exact pressure will vary from one vehicle to another). No engine will run very long if it runs out of oil. The bearings will run dry, overheat and seize, causing severe engine damage (spun bearings, damaged crankshaft journals, broken connecting rods, etc.).

    The underlying cause of a low oil pressure warning light is usually a low oil level in the engine's crankcase. This, in turn, may be due to leaky gaskets or seals, or worn valve guides, piston rings and/or cylinders that are causing the engine to burn oil. Leaky gaskets and seals are usually not too expensive to replace (except for the rear main crankshaft seal which is difficult and expensive to replace). The only fix for a worn engine that is burning oil is to overhaul or replace the engine (very expensive!)

    Other causes of an low oil pressure warning light include a worn oil pump or a faulty oil pressure sending unit.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    Oil pressure is directly related to

    • the ambient temperature
    • the engine temperature
    • the amount of oil in the engine
    • the engine speed
    When changing the oil you often end up with a slightly different amount of oil in the engine then you had previously. Less oil means less oil pressure - add a little more oil and the pressure will rise.
    Also, the oil pump is driven by an accessory belt. Operating the engine at higher speed runs the oil pump faster, raising oil pressure. Consequently, oil pressure is lowest when the car is idling (and hot), and will rise during cruising.
    Normal oil pressure on these cars is between the Low and Mid mark when idling, and between the Mid and High marks when cruising. These marks, unfortunately, do not correspond to any known psi rating.
    Limited testing by DSM owners with mechanical oil pressure gauges indicate that DSMs tend to have around 70-90 psi of oil pressure while cruising, and only 10-20 psi while idling. Cold starts can generate oil pressures of over 100 psi, a fact verified by the DSM manuals when discussing proper oil filter selection.
    Consistently low oil pressure while driving could be an oil leak, or a bad oil pressure sending unit. Be careful.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    Some DSMs just show low oil pressure, period. My car has shown low oil pressure for years, but nothing comes of it.
    And, despite what some people have told me, oil pressure DOES depend - a little bit, at least - on the amount of oil. I've seen the oil pressure on my car go up by adding a bit more oil. There is a danger of overfilling the oil and causing oil "frothing", but I consider that a low-probability problem, whereas my car (and most DSMs, by now) does definitely leak and/or burn oil. Personally, I'd rather have a bit too much than not enough.
    The oil light on the dash may come on under hard braking when your oil is low. Top up immediately.
    Finally, the little connector that connects the oil pressure sender to the dash gauge can wear out and/or fall off. The gauge will show zero oil pressure and scare the bejeezus out of you, but the dash oil light doesn't light up. The sender is located between the oil filter and the wheel, under the car.

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