Bob Howard Buick GMC invites you to find out why your Buick GMC oil light is illuminated.
It can be nerve-wracking when the oil warning light illuminates in your dashboard. Oil is absolutely necessary for a car’s engine, and a lack of oil can have serious consequences. Before you get too concerned, ascertain which light is illuminated, do a few quick checks to see maybe why it is on, and then decide your next step. However, if you hear a ticking sound when the oil light turns on, then you should pull over as soon as possible. Engine ticking combined with the oil light could mean that your engine is getting damaged, and driving it could ruin your engine.
The first step to figure out regarding the oil light is to make sure it is not just the maintenance reminder. A maintenance reminder may have the same sound and warning light, depending on your car. If you’ve put off your recent oil change, it might even say ‘Change Oil Now.’ It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but ought to be taken care of, so let us do it.
If your engine is leaking oil, that might trigger the oil warning light. Some of the more common causes of leaking oil are:
You can pop the hood and look for oil leaks, even if you don’t work on cars. The engine will likely be covered in dirt, but you can spot a potential oil leak if you see oily, wet spots around the engine. Adding some oil between regular oil changes can be a band-aid fix, but it could still eventually lead to low oil pressure if it’s not fixed and cause engine damage.
Engines with low oil pressure will not fully lubricate all components. Unlubricated engine parts will get damaged and eventually cause total failure if left unchecked. If the engine has the right oil levels, then the oil warning light could be from a sensor, the oil pump, or even just low oil pressure alone. Your vehicle needs to be checked out by our trained technicians in these kinds of situations. Running an engine on low oil pressure may cause total engine failure.
Bob Howard Buick GMC is one of the best places to get an oil change in the Oklahoma City area. We proudly service all makes and models of vehicles. Visit our location online or in person to schedule service and repair for your car or truck. Our friendly technicians are ready to serve you.