Is there anyway to temporarily increase oil pressure in my 2003 RAV 4 . My check oil light flickers, comes on for a while, goes of ,comes on etc. I have already replaced the sending switch.

35

Asked by Mar 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM about the 2003 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

7 Answers

395

if the oil pressure light is flickering, it's because the engine is approaching dangerously low levels of oil in the crank case. When was your last oil change? Have you checked the oil yourself?

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
25

thicker oil.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
35

fresh oil change with a quart of lucas oil additive. Also already tried RISOLINE and MARVEL MYSTERY OIL to no avail!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
355

First thing that I do,install mechanical oil pump gauge,if at full operating temp oil pressure goes down,say the longer it runs the lower it gets at 2,000 RPM,then pull the pan and clean oil pickup,they get clogged sometimes,this is very common these days on lots of cars,Fords,volkswagons,and Toyotas believe it or not.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
Best Answer
35

I think you're right....its worth a try before doing a valve job or replacing the cylinder head!

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
355

Thanks for the reply,as a rule oil pressure will not go down under rpm,but will remain stable the higher the rpm on a 200 degree engine,if its clogged the longer you run it the lower it gets,say going towards 20 psi,then you pull it and see whats in the pickup,if everything is clean,then you have problems,not very common.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
98,195

Ten year old car with a worn engine - thicker oil to keep the pressure up and consumption down.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

RAV4

Looking for a Used RAV4 in your area?

CarGurus has 67,053 nationwide RAV4 listings starting at $1,990.

ZIP:

Search Toyota RAV4 Questions

Toyota RAV4 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,710
#2 Robert Mitchell
Robert Mitchell
Reputation 1,150
#3 Mandy Crowe Johnson
Mandy Crowe Johnson
Reputation 740
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
983 Great Deals out of 60,491 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Highlander
388 Great Deals out of 26,610 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Camry
1,125 Great Deals out of 91,055 listings starting at $1,222
Used Toyota Corolla
927 Great Deals out of 70,266 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
268 Great Deals out of 19,068 listings starting at $2,695
Used Ford Escape
1,385 Great Deals out of 91,470 listings starting at $1,495
Used Subaru Forester
421 Great Deals out of 30,113 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Accord
1,014 Great Deals out of 77,062 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Tacoma
501 Great Deals out of 42,066 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
250 Great Deals out of 16,472 listings starting at $1,880
Used Honda Civic
846 Great Deals out of 88,894 listings starting at $1,299
Used Nissan Murano
363 Great Deals out of 26,019 listings starting at $1,400
Used Honda Pilot
414 Great Deals out of 23,311 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 44,807 listings starting at $20,641
2016 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
137 Great Deals out of 3,036 listings starting at $15,795
2015 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
158 Great Deals out of 4,464 listings starting at $13,599
2014 Toyota RAV4 For Sale
272 Great Deals out of 5,641 listings starting at $10,800

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.