Oil pressure light

Asked by Jan 07, 2017 at 09:02 PM about the 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just purchased a 97 vw Jetta. When the
engine gets over 1200 rpm the oil light
pops up, lower than 1200 rpm and it goes
away. Oil level is correct and clean. I guess
I need a starting point. What along the
equipment string could be malfunctioning
so I can start the process of elimination?
Thank you.

1 Answer

21,665

sender switch may be plugged, that would be nice and easy, that isn't the way things go usually, then the filter could be defected or wrong part number , probably not, could be why it was up for sale when you recently purchased it. holding above that 1200 rpm will be starving the bearings and will throw a rod or seize the pistons in a few minutes if the flow has slowed to this point. only thing I can deduce is the flow is restricted at the oil pump pickup in the pan from burnt sludge on the pickup tube screen, I once was able to send a probe thru the drain hole and relieve one by poking thru the screen! a worn out oil pump would probably act the opposed way by lousing pressure at low r.p.m. so I say pull the pan and repair the pickup screen

Your Answer

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

  • #1
    Goodwrench707
    Reputation
    2,480
  • #2
    Deathjam4
    Reputation
    1,970
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,500
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
462 Great Deals out of 24,501 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Civic
696 Great Deals out of 63,647 listings starting at $999
Used Volkswagen GTI
130 Great Deals out of 6,890 listings starting at $1,700
Used Honda Accord
1,098 Great Deals out of 65,582 listings starting at $561
Used Volkswagen Golf
107 Great Deals out of 4,143 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Camry
921 Great Deals out of 89,681 listings starting at $300
Used Toyota Corolla
883 Great Deals out of 59,719 listings starting at $850
Used BMW 3 Series
1,038 Great Deals out of 33,510 listings starting at $1,000
Used Audi A4
301 Great Deals out of 12,128 listings starting at $1,899
Used Nissan Altima
1,072 Great Deals out of 78,421 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen Beetle
207 Great Deals out of 8,560 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 10,279 listings starting at $10,400
2016 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
76 Great Deals out of 1,938 listings starting at $7,777
2015 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
133 Great Deals out of 2,950 listings starting at $6,990
2014 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
184 Great Deals out of 3,951 listings starting at $5,750
2013 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 1,293 listings starting at $4,700

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.