Your vehicle’s oil pressure gauge is something that you should regularly check, so you can effectively monitor how your engine systems are doing. If you are the car driver, you can easily find the oil pressure gauge in front of you; it’s the circular indicator with the numbers 0 to 100, and the label, “OIL” is a dead giveaway.
Oil in your vehicle, in simplest terms, helps to lubricate the different parts to make sure that they are running efficiently, and helps ensure that the engine is adequately cooled down. That’s why it’s important that you replace your engine with adequate oil if the oil pressure gauge indicates a low reading.
It’s very easy to check your oil pressure gauge. First, you have to set up baseline values when your engine is working properly, to help you be aware whether the number readings are below or higher than normal. Typically, the recommended engine oil pressure is between 20 and 60. Make it a habit to look at the oil pressure gauge in front of you every now and then (along with the other vehicle system indicators such as your fuel pressure gauge, etc). Most cars also have an oil pressure switch or oil pressure sensor that turns on the oil pressure signal on the dashboard, to warn you if your oil pressure levels are showing lower than normal readings. Know also that it’s much more common to have low pressure gauge readings rather than high oil pressure readings.
If for example you determine that you have below-normal oil pressure readings, what then? It’s important to know not just how to check your oil pressure gauge, but to know the implications of its results as well.
Know that low oil pressure may have many possible causes. Of course, the most common reason may be that your vehicle has low oil levels. If this is the case, make sure that you replenish your car oil, or else you might be risking serious damage to your oil pressure engine. Another possible reason is that your car oil is too hot. This is because hot oil has lower viscosity, which means that the oil is thinner. An implication to this is that it can too easily slip through the different parts and bearings of your vehicle’s engine, thereby producing lower oil pressure. You could let your car rest for a while in this case. Another possible scenario that could cause low oil pressure is worn engine bearings, again with the implication that the oil can easily slip through them. Or, perhaps your oil pan is damaged, and if this is the case, you’d better stop your car immediately and have it repaired.
Just remember to make sure that your car always works at optimum efficiency, take the time to monitor the readings of the gauges and know what the baseline readings are so you are aware of whatever adjustments you’d have to make. Also get to know how to make basic car safety and parts inspection, so you would know if your car, its parts and its engine are all still working properly. Remember, investing time in preventive measures will surely be worth it, to for you to avoid all the hassles and financial problems that a major auto repair would need. Good luck!