Here’s What You Need to Know About Your Oil Pressure Gauge

June 14th, 2017 by

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Most drivers know that regularly scheduled oil changes can extend the life of their engine. However, when it comes to oil, there are a few other things to consider. Your oil pump needs to be functioning correctly, and you want to be sure that you’re checking your oil pressure gauge. To learn all about this important component, check out this guide from Chevrolet of Homewood.

How to Read Your Oil Pressure Gauge

Like most measurements in your vehicle, your oil pressure is indicated on your dashboard. You’ll likely find a dial with an indicator needle beneath a label that says, “Oil.” However, some vehicles simply use an “H” or an “L” to let you know if your oil pressure is high or low. If you’re having trouble finding the gauge, check your owner’s manual for more information. When the oil pressure is at zero, it likely just means your car is idling. If you bring the car up to speed and it still says zero, then you’ll want to take it in for service. Same thing if the oil pressure is low or high. It could indicate a very serious problem.

Types of Oil Pressure Gauges

There are two different types of oil pressure gauges, and they both require different levels of care.

  • Mechanical Gauges: This system can be found on older cars. It can give you a reliable reading, but it also requires regular maintenance to keep running. If you have one of these gauges, make sure your car has regular checkups.
  • Electric Gauges: If you have a more recent car, it’s likely it has this type of gauge. It provides accurate measurements, and it’s less likely to need maintenance. Still, you’ll always want to make sure it’s functioning correctly.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood for Service

If your oil pressure is low, high, or if you have any other maintenance needs, stop by Chevrolet of Homewood. We’re easy to find at 18033 Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, and you can give us a call at 708-799-2000. Our experienced service team is happy to talk you through your car’s oil system, including deciding what kind of oil your car needs. Schedule a service appointment online today!

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