Symptoms of Low Engine Oil


One of the simplest ways drivers throughout Gulfport, Biloxi, and Long Beach can maintain their vehicles best performance is by keeping up with regular oil and filter changes. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine, and without the proper amount of clean oil in your system, you run a higher risk of damaging your internal system.

The good news is that checking your oil is a fairly simple process. Also, there are many easy-to-spot symptoms to look out for to notify you that it may be time for an oil change.

Oil Pressure Warning Light

Low Oil Light

Your vehicle’s dashboard is equipped with a system of alerts and symbols designed to relay important information to help keep you out of harm’s way. If you notice a symbol that looks like a dripping oil can, then it means your engine oil has dipped below a safe level.

Immediately pull over and check your vehicle’s oil level and take note of its color and consistency. If your oil appears as a dark sludge, it means you’re probably overdue for an oil change.

Decreased Performance

If it’s taking you longer to reach highway speeds or you notice your vehicle struggling to climb uphill, it might be a sign that your engine is struggling due to low oil levels. It also can affect your overall fuel economy as your engine is under increased pressure to operate.

Strange Grinding or Knocking

While traveling down the road, if you start to hear peculiar sounds emanating from your engine system, it might mean that you’re a few quarts low. Motor oil is needed to lubricate the complex system of moving metal parts in your engine. When your oil level drops, it causes these parts to grind together, which can result in them prematurely wearing down. Ignoring this issue can result in an engine rod breaking or worse: a full engine seizure.

Burning Oil Scent

Dip Stick

Often, low oil levels are the result of a leak inside your engine. When that leaking oil drips onto your hot engine, it’ll emit a strong odor that you can often smell inside your cabin.

The moment you notice this strong scent, find a spot to pull over and turn off your vehicle. You should check your oil level by opening your hood and pulling the engine’s dipstick out by using an old rag. If the leak is relatively new, it might not immediately show any decrease in oil levels, but make sure to continuously check and schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.

Schedule a Service Appointment at Pat Peck Honda!

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, there’s no need to worry. Simply stop by our state-of-the-art service center during service hours to have your car’s oil changed. Our team of factory-trained technicians is dedicated to providing honest and thorough care that’ll get you back on the roads of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Long Beach in no time.

To get started, call or go online to schedule a service appointment today!