Symptoms of Low Engine Oil

Your engine’s oil is a vital part to your vehicle’s performance. With many parts quickly moving against one another, the components of your car’s engine require lubrication to minimize the wear caused by friction and heat. And keeping the various parts of the engine lubricated is the job of the oil.

So when you don’t have enough engine oil, this can cause damage to your engine. But, by knowing the symptoms of low engine oil that our team at Land Rover Santa Fehas detailed for you below, you can quickly get your engine’s oil back to its proper levels. You can then continue to have your vehicle and its engine running smoothly as you drive around Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega. Schedule servicewith us today!

low oil lightOil Pressure Warning Light Is Illuminated 

Your dashboard lights are very beneficial since they are a way for the car to communicate with you that there is a system that may not be working properly and needs your attention. So, when you see the oil pressure warning light appear on the dashboard, this means your oil is low.

Once you see the oil pressure warning light come on, you’ll want to check your oil levels and have your car serviced, so it can be filled back to the appropriate level of engine oil.

Burning Oil Smell 

smoking engineIf you start to notice an unusual smell coming from your car, you’ll want to quickly assess and identify what is causing it. And if it seems to be a burning oil smell coming from under the hood, this could be a sign that you have an oil leak.

What most likely is happening is that oil is leaking into and onto other parts of your engine. Due to the high heat, the leaked oil will burn and release the odor you smell.

If you do pick up on a burning oil smell, you should immediately check your oil level with the dipstick. If it’s low, you’ll need to have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. This is so an expert technician can identify where exactly in the engine the oil leak is happening and repair or replace the necessary parts.

Hearing a Clunking Sound

Without the proper amount of lubrication in the engine to allow its parts to freely move among one another, they will start to rub and grind against each other. Since a lot of these parts are metal, that can cause loud sounds like a clunking noise when they collide with one another.

If you do hear a clunking sound coming from the engine, this is most likely a sign that the oil level is low, or not enough oil is lubricating the engine’s components due to a clogged filter.

You should curtail driving and have your vehicle’s engine inspected if you do hear this sound.

Schedule to Have Your Oil Changed 

oil changeIf you happen to notice any of these symptoms of low engine oil while driving around Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega, you can bring your car to our service department there at Land Rover Santa Fe.

Our certified technicians will determine exactly what is causing the issue and what actions need to be taken to have your engine’s oil stay at a sufficient level.