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Author oil light been flickering all day and now its just come on and staying on!!
corky10
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3rd Dec 09 at 14:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

sooo bloody annoyed need the car tomorrow and the inevitable happens a problem! there was a light flickering all night and today cudnt make it out at first but when i figured it was the oil light i was like now its on and staying on so i stopped off at asda grabbed some oil put it in drove home the lights still on at the moment ANNYYONE please need urgent help its a 1993-94 corsa b flair 1.4
Jenko_Sport
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3rd Dec 09 at 14:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

How much oil did you put in it?
corky10
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well i put about 1/2 of a 1L bottle at least the dipstick did look abit low to be honest
Pridzz
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3rd Dec 09 at 14:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Oil pressure switch, Common fault. Easy twist out and then twist back in if I remember rightly
Jenko_Sport
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What was the level like on the oil.
ed
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The oil light doesn't indicate low level, it indicates a broken pressure switch or imminent engine failure. Total waste of time.
corky10
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well hmmm im going to go with the switch what do i do... can i take it out clean it and put it back or should i get a new one??? is it safe to drive??
ed
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Just get a new one. Couldn't say if it's safe to drive because it could be the oil pump giving up...
corky10
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i need the car tomorrow how big a job this? were could i get a pressure switch from were i could go pick it up?? how long should it take
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Your not getting the idea of how serious this could be are you lol
Shell
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My oil light has flashed twice in the whole time I've had the car, both time when I've been going round a corner. This was because oil was low. It's never stayed on though so I have no idea.
corky10
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3rd Dec 09 at 15:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

no.... could anyone be a little bit more clearer
Shell
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Half a litre may not have been enough? Basically, I think the idea is that most folk wouldn't drive it. You run a risk of fucking the whole engine if there's an oil issue.
Matt L
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basically the oil light in the corsa is nothing to do with oil level its the oil pressure and if the oil pump is dying which could be likely = no oil going around = engine death very soon if you drive it any more. cant be any more simpler than that tbh.
AK
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Matt and everyone else.... you need oil to have pressure... so the light WILL go on if the oil is low enough to not get sucked up the pipe.
AK
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3rd Dec 09 at 15:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

top the oil to the MAX mark on the dip stick.

Turn the engine on, let it idle. Take the oil cap off...... is there oil getting flung around (let it idle for a min)

If the pump has goneyou wouldnt expect to see much if any oil in the head.

Dont worry about letting it idle with no oil pump.... by the sounds of it you would have bearing damage by now anyway if it had failed.

If you have oil pressure (my manualy looking) change the switch. Google will help you find it.
salam
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3rd Dec 09 at 17:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

hi
check your oil label
check your oil sensor make sure it is hole clean
check your oil sensor wire have no cut or damage or it is skratch with engain body
if you checked all these point above and there is no proplem
then you have proplem in your oil pump "low preasure" so you need to repalce it
thanks

 
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