2001 cavalier stalled while driving and now wont start oil light on. it was low on oil add the oil but nothing any ideas what could be wrong

Asked by Apr 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM about the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

cars been sitting up for a while was running fine when i parked it. wife needed car. so i
put a new battery on it and it started right up. run great for about a month give or
take,till yesterday i was going to store and the oil light comes on secs later it stalled.
friend told me it was a safety feature that kills car when low on oil so i check oil. it was
low added oil but still wont start. don't have money to pay to fix so i have to do this my
self just need to know where  to start

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It's not oil quantity but oil pressure engine saver, shuts off fuel pump when oil pressure falls below a pre-set threshold. Sure, low oil quantity can cause low pressure, but would have to be more that a quart low. I made this for a different question on a Chevy, so your engine may be same or similar. Try to listen, carefully if you can hear your fuel pump running. Only problem is I don't know if it is a return-less system where the fuel pump shuts on and off to act as a pressure regulator, (if so, you will not hear pump run with key on run and engine not running. It has pumped up and shut off) or a fuel-return system that the pump runs all the time and sends excess back to tank. Click for full screen

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