What to know about theOil Pressure Sensor:
Oil is essential for your engine – you need enough oil to grease and decrease friction throughout the engine. There’s no way to visually decide how much oil is being pumped through your engine, so your car’s computer relies on the oil pressure sensor to decide the flow. The oil pressure sensor is a simple electrical switch that provides information to the instrument cluster’s oil pressure gauge with the accurate real-time pressure. When the pressure is too low, not enough oil is being pumped through the engine to grease and cool mechanisms. When pressure drops below a threshold set by the automaker, the engine oil light on the car’s dashboard lights up, warning you that driving could be dangerous.
Facts to Note:
There is no way to visually decide the operating condition of your oil pressure sensor.
If the sensor fails, it is impossible to decide whether there is sufficient oil flow/pressure to lubricate and protect your engine.
If your oil pressure sensor fails, it should be changedstraightaway.
How to Fix:
The vehicle is raised and held on jack stands and tire is removed
The faulty oil pressure sensor is removed
The new oil pressure sensor is fixed
The engine is started and oil pressure is checked then the vehicle is taken off the jack stands
The vehicle is road tested for proper operation
Your car’s oil pressure sensor is an electrical device, and can be subjected to a number of issues, including wiring damage. If you suspect damage to the sensor, or have observed your oil light come on, have it examined and analyzed by one of your expert mechanics.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to changethe Oil Pressure Sensor:
Oil pressure light is on
Oil pressure light turns on and off (can indicate several potential problems)
Reliant on your make and model, you may have an oil pressure gauge that displays pressure in PSI. Note any drops below normal operating pressure.
Importance of this service:
It is totally essential that your engine oil pressure be regularly checked for potentially dangerous situations. If your oil pressure sensor isn’t working correctly, it cannot do its job, and must be changed. If your oil pressure light comes on, call one of your expert mechanics immediately (driving with the light on can potentially cause damage).