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Old 2nd July 2007, 13:30   #1
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Thumbs down Oil pressure warning light

Old Ambassadors used to include an oil pressure gauge in the dashboard.
Modern cars have dispensed this to save cost.

Instead they include a tiny red electronic bulb to warn low oil pressure.
Manual says if the light comes on, stop immediately or you'll damage the engine seriously.

i.e. without oil, pistons will stuck inside cylinder bore!
Now my question is, at what level, the warning light comes up?
If the light ever comes up, how soon one need to stop?

I searched on it on Google, but surprisingly, many sites say if the light ever comes up it means already some damage has been done to engine!

I doubt how many of us check dipstick even every fortnight!

PS: How much does it cost to fit an oil pressure gauge?

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During my last oil change, the oil pressure light stayed on for atleast 4 seconds after start. But, the dipstick showed a reading between max and min.
When i drained the old oil , i noticed that there wasn't sufficient oil in the sump.

During my new oil fill, 3 litres went in before checking the dipstick. The oil level is about 3mm higher than the max mark.And the specified engine oil capacity for my ikon's 1.3 is 3.8L. Im puzzled with this misleading dipstick!
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