Wat does low oil pressure mean

Joshua Martinson
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Asked by Joshua Dec 04, 2012 at 03:44 PM about the 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

9 Answers

jtolfree
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Low oil preesure means that your probly getting low on oil. Check the engine oil only when the oil is cold for an accurate reading. I bet if you add some oil it will probly fix your problem

John Saffrahn
16,115

Low oil pressure does not mean low oil. Low oil pressure means the oil pressure is low and any number of things could be the problem. Most likely would be the oil pressure sensor is bad, next likely would be the oil pump is bad, or if the oil is that low to where it's not getting enough oil its because of 1 of 2 reasons 1. You're not doing the regular oil changes every 3000 miles or your engine is shot. No engine should ever burn through 3 quarts of oil in less than 3000 miles unless it's the Chrysler/Dodge 3.5 v6. Then its normal to add 3+ quarts between oil changes.

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Jason Zane
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several possibilities.. 1. bad sensor 2. sludge in the oil intake 3. bad oil pump 4. engine oil pan has a severe leak(obvious) ..on an old 80 Grand prix, i had a a cooling system failure and the engine got heated. the oil broke down and clogged the oil intake. cleaned it & oil pan sludge, put it back together and it restored oil pressure. my 3.8L used only 1 quart in 3k miles at the most. it is a good idea to oil the new filter with some fresh oil before installing to help the oil pump keep lubed. hope all is well with your chevy.

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Drow87
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My 06 Monte Carlo LTZ say low oil pressure shut engine off

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John Saffrahn
16,115

Are you asking if you should shut the engine off or are you saying the safety feature that shuts the engine off during low oil pressure conditions is working?

Drow87
30

Wat do I do it only has 79k miles

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John Saffrahn
16,115

Option 1. Remove sensor and hook up a gauge. Option 2. Replace the sensor. Option 3. Remove the valve cover and see if you are getting a good amount of oil in the heads. Option 4. Rebuild the engine.

Trevor James
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Could this warning be caused by an oil leak?

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John Saffrahn
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Yes if your oil leak is bad enough that most of your oil has leaked out. Oil isn't just for lubrication purposes, it also helps to keep the engine cool, an engine could run off about 2 quarts of oil but it would break down the oil significantly faster than usual and the bottom end would run warmer, which is not good. It would have to be a pretty severe oil leak to trip the oil pressure light, like you wouldn't make it a block without losing all your oil bad.

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