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Oil light flickering, not just idle.

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Old 04-07-2018, 06:51 PM
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Default Oil light flickering, not just idle.

Hello,
I run a 96 Camry, 2.2.
recently my Lil light has been on during warm up, though understandable theres a fair bit of Lucas Heavy Oil Stabilizer in there, and it's been -30 over night.

My issue is that it comes on when I'm driving, but only in the 1700-2200 RMP range. Sometimes it flickers at idle, but not consistently.

By flicker I mean it really does flicker at random, sometimes really dull, sometimes full bore.

I've added oil and fired back up and it'll go out for a while at any RPM. Then surface again.

thinking I need to get my mechanic buddy to toss a pressure gauge on there to check the pump.

Biggest issue is I'm 90 miles from home, and really don' want to seize up on the way there.
 
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:04 PM
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Minus 30?

Is the engine oil fully warmed up when the light comes on at 1700-2200?

What weight oil are you using?

Does the engine burn oil?
 
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:32 PM
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Yes, minus 30C.

The oil should be good and hot, started about 20 minutes down the highway, did it for a full hour of driving.

Using 10w-30, plus nearly a full bottle of Lucas Heavy Stabilizer.
 
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Doesn't burn oil that I've noticed.
It leaks oil, but at an extremely slow rate.
 
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Old 04-08-2018, 07:41 PM
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Ideally have your buddy the check oil pressure with a gauge. It could be a defective pressure sensor. The light comes on when the pressure is 5 PSI or less.

Has happened the oil pump intake or engine becomes sludged.

If possible, change the oil (and filter) to something like 5W-30 full synthetic and leave out the Lucas additive.
 
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:31 PM
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Yeah, I didn' make it the 90 miles home. Got about 50 miles before none of the previous remedies I had would put the light out.

So I stopped before I developed a knock or seize.

Could tell there was still some oil flowing to the head thought.

Got towed to a friend's shop, tomorrow I'll get to find out if that pump was pushng enough.

Hoping it' just the sensor, pump shouldn't be gone, car only has 155000 kms on it.

Will be leaving out the Lucas additive this fill, it did do a good job though. Defitneily too heavy for how cold it got after I changed it.
 
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Good you stopped before problems.

Keep us posted on your find.
 
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