3 Things To Do if the Oil Pressure Light in Your Audi Turns On

Things To Do if the Oil Pressure Light Turns On - Audi Service Information

The oil pressure light is easy to spot in your vehicle's instrument cluster: it's the one that looks something like a genie's lamp. However, this light won't grant you any wishes. Instead, it means that the oil pressure sensor in your engine is not reading a sufficient oil pressure for the engine. This is a problem that requires immediate attention by the expert technicians at an Audi service center.

At Audi Gilbert, we want you to have the information you need to take the best care of your car. While the oil pressure lamp may not grant you three wishes, we can tell you three things you should do if you see this light in your Audi.

It may look like a magic lamp, but this light is bad news

3. Stop Driving & Turn Off the Engine

As soon as the light turns on, it's best to keep an eye out for a safe place to pull over. If you're on the highway, try to pull off at the next exit. On residential streets, it's a good idea to try to find a parking lot. It's ideal that you find a place far enough away from other cars that you can get out and check under the hood. However, if you're not near any such place, even the shoulder of the highway will do. The important thing is to shut off the engine as soon as you can, as operating it without sufficient oil pressure can lead to massive damage.

Adding more oil is a possible way to temporarily fix the light

2. Check the Oil Level

There are a couple things that could cause low oil pressure; an engine that doesn't have enough oil is one potential cause. So, once you've pulled over and turned off the engine, you can check the oil level in your Audi. To do this, pop the hood. Find the oil dipstick and remove it. Wipe it off, reinsert it, and remove it once more. If the oil doesn't come up to the minimum fill line, you may have found the cause of the problem. You can add some oil and see if this turns the light off. However, even if it does, your Audi will need a thorough inspection to find out why your engine didn't have enough oil.

Calling for a tow truck is often the wisest thing to do if the oil pressure light turns on

1. Call for Help

If adding oil doesn't do anything (or if you'd prefer to let the experts handle it), it's time to call for a tow truck. In addition to a lack of oil, low oil pressure may also be caused by a variety of other things, from a bad oil pressure sensor to a damaged oil delivery system. Driving an engine with any of these problems is just asking for trouble, and the cost of a tow truck will likely be less than the cost of repairs if you keep driving.

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