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My oil light has come on and my oil is full. I’m about 40kns…

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My oil light has...

My oil light has come on and my oil is full. I’m about 40kns from home and concerned about driving it and doing damage.

Mechanic's Assistant: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?

The oil light in the dash.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Toyota?

2003

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?

No it’s alwsys been serviced by a mechanic and i’ve Never had any problems to date

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No I think that’s it. I’ve checked and topped up the oil and it’s now full but the light is still on

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Toyota
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Toyota Mechanic: Toyota Service, Toyota Expert replied 10 months ago
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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. How long has the light been on and how much oil did it need to be topped off?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
It’s been on for about 30mins and i’ve Put 3/4 litre in
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I need to get home, about 40kms away. Can I damage the engine by driving it? The temp is fine and running ok otherwise
Toyota Mechanic: Toyota Service, Toyota Expert replied 10 months ago

If you had low oil pressure, after driving it for 30 minutes, the engine would be making a loud rapping noise. Low oil pressure can and will damage an engine in less than 5 minutes of driving. As long as it is not making any noise, it could be nothing more than a bad oil sending unit. I cannot tell you exactly what the problem is without looking at it, but, 30 minutes of driving and no horrible rapping noises seems to indicate a faulty oil pressure sending unit. Now, if it DOES start to make noise whilst driving, you need to stop and shut it off to prevent internal damage.

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