Beck & Masten Buick GMC South is happy to help you know what it means when your Buick GMC oil light symbol is on.
When the oil warning light comes on in your dashboard, it can be nerve-wracking. Engines need oil, and a lack of oil can have serious consequences. Before you get too worried, determine which oil light is illuminated, do a few simple checks to see why it’s on, and then decide the next step. However, if you hear a ticking sound when the light turns on, you need to pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Engine ticking combined with an oil light means that your engine is getting damaged, and continuing to drive it in this condition could ruin your engine.
The oil light can be set off if your engine is leaking oil. Some of the more common reasons for leaking oil are:
You can check under the hood for leaks, even if you are not a service tech. The engine is going to be covered in dirt, but you can spot a potential oil leak if you see wet, greasy spots. Adding oil between routine oil changes can be a band-aid fix, but it could still eventually lead to low oil pressure if it’s not taken care of and lead to damage.
Your first step to figure out regarding the oil light is to ensure it is not just a maintenance reminder. The maintenance reminder could have the same warning light and alarms, depending on your car. If you are past due on your last oil change, it could even say ‘Change Oil Now.’ It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but ought to be corrected, so let us handle that.
Having low oil pressure means internal components of the engine are not being lubricated correctly. An engine that’s not correctly lubricated will be damaged and can eventually cause total failure. If you have confirmed the engine has the right amount of oil, then the oil light could be from the oil pump, a sensor, or even low oil pressure alone. Your car needs to be examined by our technicians in these situations. Running an engine on low oil can cause total engine failure.
Beck & Masten Buick GMC South is your ideal destination for all your auto service needs in Houston Our friendly staff is ready to get you and your vehicle back on the road safely, no matter its make or model. Schedule your next auto service with us in person or online.