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corky10
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i really need my car could i drive it when this light is displayed??
DannyB
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I'd reccomend putting oil in it tbh.
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i have put oil in it i put 1/2 a bottle in someone was saying the pressure switch is a common fault at first it flickered but now its staying on
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3rd Dec 09 at 15:10   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

As said in your other thread no one can give you an answer over the internet.

If the oil pump is packing up no dont drive it. If its just the switch to the light it will be fine. But no one will know which.

Personally I would play it safe and not drive it until i knew


Drives supercharged Tec with torque
tom-gardiner
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mine dont that for a day then it was ine, never come on again
corky10
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how can i find out what it is ??
gavin18787
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Check switch and go from there. Affraid I cant help as to where it is or how to do it. Haynes manuel should help.

1.4 8v?


Drives supercharged Tec with torque
Matt L
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why the need for a second thread?
corky10
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were is the switched based? what do i take it out and put it back in
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what engine? 1.4 16v or 8v?


Drives supercharged Tec with torque
DaveyLC
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On a 16v The switch is on the back of the engine under the alternator.
cjohnson
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My light kept coming on last weekend, staying on for abit then going off.

It's nothing to do with oil levels. I read the Haynes and it's a drop in oil pressure. Could either be the oil pressure switch, or the oil pump.

The oil switch cost me 8 from a local car spares shop, it was fine after this. The old one was kinda 'coked' up.

I was glad it was the switch as I'm under the impression that the oil pump would be a big job! Switch took two minutes to swap over.

cjohnson
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btw. plus don't put too much oil in it trying to make the light go off, as this can cause damage too!
AK
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low oil WILL cause low pressure though... so it has a lot to do with oil leval.
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All the clues are in the light, tsk.

Firstly you need to establish how much oil you have in the engine. If its under, fill it to the correct amount. If its over, slap your self for being stupid and drain some out to the correct level.

If your oil is fine then pop a new switch in it, about a tenner from your local factors. If that doesn't help then you might wanna be looking into a new oil pump.

How often do you change your oil?

Maybe its so damn thick that it cant move about. Maybe a flush through might help.
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Maybe its so damn thick that it cant move about


bloody hell
tintin
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quote:
Originally posted by AK
quote:
Maybe its so damn thick that it cant move about


bloody hell
Not sure what the laughing frosty means but have you not seen the thread regarding the BMW owner who didn't change his oil for 60k
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start ya car up, open ya oil filler and if u can c oil cumin up then its not ya oil pump, it will probs b ya pressure switch, if u jack ya car up and slide underneath its just above the sump under the alternator hope this helps coz i had the same problems
AK
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open your oil filter?! Oil will piss out everywhere if the pump is working! The oil is under pressure!
Root
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If he can hear tapping from the engine, then you KNOW the pump isn't working right...or there isn't sufficient oil in the system.

Take the cam cover off, oil will "spit" out if it's working (don't wear nice clothes because it really does spit out, if oil is spitting out, then turn the engine off before you paint your street black). then top up oil?

and check your dipstick often you dipstick
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quote:
Originally posted by AK
open your oil filter?! Oil will piss out everywhere if the pump is working! The oil is under pressure!
Oil filler, not filter
Root
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quote:
Originally posted by tintin
quote:
Originally posted by AK
open your oil filter?! Oil will piss out everywhere if the pump is working! The oil is under pressure!
Oil filler, not filter

lol, that's what I thought too.

oil doesn't piss out my filler cap and i know there's enough oil in there but as soon as i take the cam cover off there's plenty of oil under there jumping about.

 
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