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Why would the 'check oil' light not go out if oil isn't low in a 94 Pontiac Grand AM?

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Answered 2005-04-17 15:21:24

Dirty filter, or bad pressure switch. It can also be a oil pump going bad. I would suggest you first switch to an AC/Delco oil filter. They make one of the better filters and are designed for your car. If that does not help, immediately have a oil pressure check performed on the engine. This will tell you if the pump or sensor are bad. Do not continue to drive the car as serious engine damage can occur. Many people confuse the "check oil level" light with the "oil pressure light". The former is simply a convienience light on some cars to advise you the oil may be low without having to pull the dipstick. It comes on if the oil does not cover the switch before the engine is started. If the sensor in the oil pan is bad or the wire shorts, the light stays on. This light does not indicate you have a serious mechanical problem requiring urgent attention. It simply indicates you may be low on oil. The "oil pressure light" common on all cars, is another matter. If it lights, turn off the engine immediately and make repairs.

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