Round Rock Nissan welcomes you to discover why your Nissan oil light is active.
When the oil warning light turns on in your dash, it can be a little scary. Engines need oil, and a lack of oil can have serious consequences. Before you get too alarmed, figure out which oil light is lit, do a few simple checks to see maybe why it is on, and then figure out the next step. However, if the light comes on and your engine starts ticking, then you need to pull over as soon as you can. A ticking engine combined with the oil light means that it is likely damaging itself, and driving it in this condition could ruin your engine.
Your first thing in figuring out the oil light is to ensure it’s not just a maintenance reminder. Depending on your car, a maintenance reminder might have the same sound and warning light. If you have delayed getting your recent oil change, it may even say ‘Change Oil Now’ and can look ominous. It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but needs to be taken care of, so let us handle that to avoid any further issues.
The oil light can be triggered if the engine is leaking oil. Some reasons for leaking oil are:
You can check under the hood for oil leaks, even if you are not a mechanic. The engine is going to be dusty, but you can spot a potential oil leak if you see greasy, wet spots around the engine. Adding oil between regular oil changes can be a simple fix, but it could eventually lead to low oil pressure if it is not fixed correctly and cause damage.
Low oil pressure means internal components of the engine may not be fully lubricated. An engine that’s not properly lubricated will get damaged and can eventually cause total failure. If you have confirmed the engine has the correct oil levels, then the oil warning light could be from the oil pump, a sensor, or even low oil pressure alone. Your vehicle needs to be inspected by our technicians in these circumstances. As said earlier, running an engine on low oil will likely cause engine failure.
Round Rock Nissan is one of the most trusted places for oil changes near the Austin area. We happily service all vehicle makes and models. One of our factory-trained technicians will inspect your vehicle for any necessary repairs and suggest the best resolution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your Austin service in person or online today.