Oil pressure indicator light is on, but oil level is fine. Is it safe to drive 20 miles to the mechanic?

Asked by May 22, 2017 at 05:54 PM about the 2003 Toyota Matrix

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Is it safe to drive with the red oil indicator light on to mechanic?

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You wound need to verify the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge before driving it. It is possible the oil pressure sending unit is bad, but you wouldn't want to chance locking up the engine.

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Too risky. Could be something minor is wrong, like the screen is plugged, but if you overheat an aluminum block engine, they are toast. Best call a tow truck.

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