We are all familiar with the car’s instrument panel or dashboard that alerts you in case of any malfunction in your car. From the vehicle’s speed to fuel level, it shows and controls everything, allowing you to drive smoothly and safely.
A flashing oil warning light in UAE’s used cars can indicate that you may encounter a problem with your engine oil. So, if you want your used car to perform well and run smoothly on the road, you should understand why the oil warning light is flashing and take the necessary steps to prevent further issues.
Here are five reasons for flashing oil warning lights in UAE used cars.
Oil leaks can adversely affect your used car’s resale value and affect its performance on the road. Therefore, it is necessary to fix the issue on priority. There are several reasons behind oil leaks such as loose oil drain plugs, broken oil filler caps, and a faulty valve gasket that can lower the oil level and cause friction in the engine, resulting in a flashing oil warning light.
LOW OIL LEVEL
Low oil level is another primary reason for oil warning alerts. When your car engine doesn’t have the right level of oil, a lack of lubrication can cause friction between all moving parts and damage the engine beyond repair. Even a higher oil level can cause pressure on the crankshaft to increase and block the suction hose, leading to engine overload. Make sure you use quality oil and keep it in your car correctly.
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DEFECTIVE OIL PUMP
The problem may lie in your car’s oil. Faulty wiring or a damaged oil pump can cause the gauge to malfunction and provide inaccurate readings. It can also lose the ability to pump oil through the car’s internal system and decrease oil pressure, making the oil warning light flash.
DAMAGED OIL SENSOR
A clogged oil sensor is often a result of an ill-maintained car engine. If you don’t remove grease from the engine regularly, it will damage the oil sensor and give a misleading indication by making the oil warning lights appear. You can take your car to the service centre to clean and repair the damaged oil sensor and ensure the health of your engine.
LOW OIL PRESSURE
When the oil pressure light comes on, it is good to turn off your vehicle and not drive until the problem is fixed. The low oil pressure prevents oil from reaching all essential parts of the vehicle. Without enough oil pressure, the car’s engine may operate with decreased lubrication and increased friction, causing overheating and collateral damage to your car’s engine.
If the red light on your car dashboard is on, it can be due to the engine burning through oil, particularly in used cars. When your car engine is overheated, the oil fails to lubricate the moving parts. It burns off completely and changes viscosity. A whole range of different issues can cause your car engine to burn. It can be a leak from the cooling system or a broken water pump. Your car engine can wear out and usually tear if the problem remains untreated. In more severe cases, it can cause irreparable damage.
No matter the reason, if you see the oil warning light on, immediately seek advice from professionals. The easiest way to ensure the health of your used car’s engine is to inspect it regularly and fix the issues before they arise. At Cars24 we have 140 checkpoints in our MRL facility, which ensures that every car that drives out of here in perfect condition. You can call a mechanic or reach us at Cars24 for further assistance.
What is the difference between an oil warning light and an oil change reminder?
Modern vehicles have two lights on the dashboard relating to the oil system. The oil warning light shows that the oil pressure is low, and the oil change reminder indicates the time remaining to change the oil.
Is it safe to drive with low oil pressure?
A flashing red light on the dashboard indicates a serious issue with your vehicle. The reason can be overheating of the engine or low engine oil pressure. It is risky to drive in such circumstances. Instead, you should act quickly and get your car inspected by professionals.
How to reset the oil pressure sensor?
There is no way to reset the oil pressure sensor. Once you install the new sensor, restart the engine, and you can see the oil pressure light disappear if everything is in good condition.