Come to Beck & Masten Buick GMC North to learn what it means when your Buick GMC oil light symbol is on.
When the oil warning light comes on in your dash, it can be nerve-wracking. Oil is the lifeblood of a car’s engine, and a lack of oil can have disastrous consequences. Before you get too worried, ascertain which oil light is lit, do a few simple checks to see why the light is on, and then decide your next steps. However, if you hear a ticking sound when the light turns on, then you need to pull over as soon as possible. A ticking engine combined with an oil light could mean that your engine is getting damaged, and continuing to drive it in this condition could destroy your engine.
If the engine is low on oil, it can trigger the oil light. Some of the more common causes of leaking oil are:
You can pop the hood and look for signs of oil leaks, even if you are not a mechanic. The engine is going to be covered in dirt, but you can spot a potential oil leak if you see wet, oily spots around the engine. Adding some oil between routine oil changes can be a quick fix, but it can eventually cause low oil pressure if it is not taken care of and lead to damage.
Making sure it’s not just a maintenance reminder is your first step to understanding the oil light. The maintenance reminder may have the same sound and warning light, depending on your car. If you have delayed getting your recent oil change, it may even say ‘Change Oil Now.’ It’s not quite as bad as the oil light but should be corrected, so let us do it to avoid further issues.
Having low oil pressure means internal components of the engine are not being lubricated correctly. Unlubricated engine parts can be damaged and can cause complete failure if left unchecked. If the engine has the correct amount of oil, then the oil light could be anything from a sensor, the oil pump, or even just low oil pressure alone. Your car needs to be checked out by our trained technicians in these kinds of situations. Running an engine on low oil pressure can cause permanent damage.
Beck & Masten Buick GMC North 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.