what makes the oil indicator blink?

Asked by Mar 12, 2013 at 07:10 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

when the engine is running the oil indicator blinks.

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You don't say what model or year Toyota..Corolla, Camry, Avalon, the list is long, but on my Corolla if the oil is low in QUANTITY, meaning just needs a quart or 2 the light will come on. OR, oil pressure is low, start by simply checking your oil

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If it looks like an oil can, like an old fashion pump can with a drip of oil at the spout, that is the indicator of low oil. If it looks like a little engine, that is a more serious thing, there are two. One will say 'check' with that icon, that is a service reminder or a fault detected in engine somewhere. If it is a red engine symbol without the word "check" immediately have your car looked at by a mechanic...you don't say what year, if under warranty go to the dealer. If not, a reputable shop can diagnose it at 1/2 the cost. Goof Luck. Hope it's not serious

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A red blinking indicator is never good. Pull over, shut the engine off and figure it out. --- Yellow indicators = warning. Red indicators = important warning. Red blinking indicators = stop the engine soon, you're doing damage.

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Superior answer~~ true. I should have said that. Thanks TS for adding and elaborating. I only said have it immediately looked at, not stop the engine, then do that.


Good morning and you're welcome. The only good blinking indicator is the turn signal.

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Low oil pressure or a bad switch

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Bad ground on system.

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