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One of the most serious issues that can happen to your Chrysler &#;s engine is if it ends up with low oil pressure.  Low oil pressure will cause the engine to seize up.  When the oil pressure light on, it should be assumed that the engine locking up is imminent. We advise not running the engine until the issue can be properly diagnosed.

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Low Oil Pressure Causes:  Chrysler

There are many things that can cause low oil pressure.  Below, we&#;ll review the most common causes:

Chrysler Low Oil Pressure Causes


No Oil


The number one reason that your would have low oil pressure would be a lack of oil.  The first thing you should do, is check your engine oil level.

If the engine oil level appears to be low (or empty), you&#;ll need to fill it up. Do not drive a vehicle with low engine oil to the store to buy more oil. Running without enough oil to keep pressure in the crank case will certainly look up the engine.  It&#;s not a matter of if it will lock up the engine, it&#;s only a matter of when.


Bad Oil Pump

The oil pump is responsible for taking the oil from the oil pan and pumping it through your &#;s engine.  When it begins wearing out, its ability to pump oil will be diminished.

There is a screen in most oil pumps that keeps large debris from entering.  Eventually though, enough debris can enter the pump to do some lasting damage to the pump capacity.


Air in Oil

If the oil level is significantly lower in the pan than it should be, air can get into the oil pump and aerate the oil.  Think about it like the foam on a cappuccino or beer.  It&#;s the same liquid, but has totally different characteristics when foamy.

This same problem can occur when there is too much oil as well.  Check the oil level and make sure it&#;s ok, and that it looks ok.


Dirty Engine/Dirty Oil

Engines that run long enough without any sort of regular oil change schedule can get so dirty on the inside that it begins to build up inside the crank case. Or, the oil itself could just be so dirty that it no longer cycles through the engine properly, which causes low oil pressure.

If you have no idea when the last time your &#;s oil was changed, or if you happen to have done a lot of towing, or if your oil change is overdue, changing the oil itself may vary well solve the problem.


Pickup Tube

There is a tube in your that takes the oil from the pan to the oil pump.  This is called the pickup tube.  This tube can fall out, which will cause no oil to get to the oil pump.


Clogged Oil Filter

Modern engines use a bypass valves to keep oil flowing to the engine even when the filter is clogged.  This bypass valve is activated when there is too much resistance from the oil filter. This valve can only allow so much oil through, and may trigger the oil light.



Low Oil Pressure Diagnosis:  Chrysler

Here are a few of the steps that you can pursue to diagnose your low oil pressure condition:


Check the Oil Level

As stated above, checking the oil level in your is definitely the place to start diagnosing low oil pressure.  If the oil level is really low, you&#;ll need to fill it up until it&#;s back to the full mark.  This may solve the problem.

Keep in mind that if the oil has leaked out once, it will leak out again.  You&#;ll need to start checking it much more often.


Check to See if the Oil Pressure Sending Unit is working

Modern vehicles use an electric oil pressure sending unit.  If your &#;s sensor has gone bad, it&#;ll shoot a false low pressure reading to the ECM.  One of the first things that people do when they have the low oil pressure light is to change out this sensor to see if that rectifies the problem.

Here&#;s a good article on how to check the oil pressure sensor from itstillruns.


Take it to the Mechanic

Anything after the first two steps is best left to the professionals.  Low oil pressure can blow your engine quick.



Always treat low oil pressure in your seriously.  If there is no oil pressure the engine will lock up and fail very fast.  We recommend having a mechanic take a look at it.  Good luck!

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What is an Oil Pressure Sensor?

You always know when you’re hungry, right? And I’m pretty sure when you’re hungry, you’re not happy. That’s what they call getting ‘hangry’. Hey, it happens to the best of us. So, your car is similar. Oil isn’t food for your car, but rather, lubricant, but your car still needs a certain amount of it to stay happy. And when it doesn’t have enough oil, it will get hangry. And just as your grumpy comments and rumbling stomach let the world know that you need food, your car will often let you know when it needs oil. One of the ways it lets you know is through the oil pressure sensor. When the engine is running, the oil pressure sensor checks the pressure of the oil as it travels through the system. If you have adequate levels of oil, then the pressure will come back with standard readings, and your car won’t ever let you know about it. But if you’re running short on oil, the sensor will register an insufficient amount of pressure. When that happens, your car will let you know, through a dashboard indicator, that there’s not enough oil in the system. Listen to your car. Knowing when there’s an issue with oil pressure can save you a lot of money if acted on. Not all cars have oil pressure sensors, but the ones that do usually have quite durable sensors. But they can still die and need replacement.

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Symptoms of a failing Oil Pressure Sensor

Warning lights

So, there are two important things to note here. The first is that you really need to break your habit of ignoring your car’s warning lights. I know that they look insignificant, but they’re important. The second thing is that your oil pressure light will come on when you have low oil pressure. Usually that’s the result of a functioning oil pressure sensor, not a broken one. But if you find the oil pressure light is up to some shenanigans - coming on and then turning off, and then coming back on, or perhaps blinking - then it may be due to a sensor that is faulty, and spazzing its way to an untimely death. On that note . . .

Inaccurate readings

When your oil pressure light illuminates, it likely means that the oil pressure in your car is low. But not always. Sometimes the sensor is just out to lunch. A bad oil pressure sensor can also cause the oil pressure gauge (if your car is so equipped) to read too high or too low.

Poor performance, and low oil pressure danger signs

Uh oh. Why is the car acting up? It shouldn’t do that, right? If you notice the ride is a little rough, noisy, or otherwise, it may be because the engine oil pressure is low. And if you notice those symptoms, and there isn’t any oil pressure light illuminated, then you might have a faulty oil pressure sensor on your hands.

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How urgent is an Oil Pressure Sensor replacement?

The oil pressure is directly related to the performance and health of your car. It’s nothing to take lightly. If you&#;re experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s time to get the sensor replaced.

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Chrysler - Oil Pressure Sensor/Switch

Your oil pressure sensor or switch monitors oil pressure in your engine. It sends these signals to the ECU and to your oil pressure gauge or warning light. If the oil pressure sensor in your vehicle stops functioning properly, it could give false readings. The oil light may come on or the gauge may read very high or at zero. Before replacing your oil sending unit, check your oil and listen to your engine. If you're low on oil, add what is needed. If you notice any ticking or clunking noises, or the smell of oil burning, you may have other issues. If you still need to replace your oil pressure sensor or switch, visit O'Reilly Auto Parts for the right part for your repair.

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If your Chrysler is experiencing unusually high oil pressure, you need to find out what&#;s causing it right away.

Unusually high oil pressure can indicate serious problems, such as a blocked oil passage, or a broken pressure relief valve.  It should be treated like you have no oil pressure until you verify what is actually going on with your &#;s engine.


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High Oil Pressure Causes:  Chrysler

Here are some of the most common causes of high oil pressure.  Many of them don&#;t involve opening up the engine.  They are presented first in the hopes that it doesn&#;t come to that for you.


1. Cold Start

It is completely normal for a vehicle to have higher oil pressure when you first start it up.  The oil is thicker and the pressure will stay higher until the engine warms up and it thins out a bit. 

With most vehicles, the oil pressure can be as high as 65 pounds around startup.  When the engine warms up, it&#;ll taper off to around 40 pounds.  If the oil pressure stays high, that&#;s when there is a serious problem.


2. Faulty Oil Pressure Sending Unit

Chrysler High Oil Pressure Causes

Your &#;s oil pressure sending unit sends a signal to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) letting it know the actual oil pressure of the engine.  If this sending unit goes bad, it can send a false reading.

A faulty sending unit is often the cause of a high pressure reading.  That&#;s good news, they are easy to get to and cheap to replace, and there&#;s nothing really wrong with your engine itself.

You&#;ll need to get a manual oil pressure test gauge and hook it into the port where the normal oil pressure sending unit goes.  This will allow you to get an actual reading of your &#;s oil pressure.  If it matches what the electronic oil pressure sending unit says, it&#;s time to move forward in your diagnosis. 

If it reads normal, you know that you have an issue with the sending unit.  You should inspect the wiring harness around it to make sure that there are no cracks or damage.  Make sure that it&#;s plugged tightly into the sensor and that there&#;s no corrosion on the contacts.  If it all checks out, replacing the sensor should solve the problem.

You may also experience oil pressure related trouble codes such as:

Chrysler P Oil Pressure Switch/Sensor → Circuit


3. Bad/Dirty Oil Filter

If your &#;s oil filter is obstructed through the accumulation of grime, it will no longer let enough oil go through the engine.  When this happens the temperatures will begin to rise and the oil pressure could rise.

Changing the oil and oil filter are a great idea when you have high oil pressure.  It only takes a few minutes and if the filter was clogged, you&#;ve solved the problem.


4. Bad Oil or Wrong Viscosity Oil

Using the wrong oil weight in your engine can cause the oil pressure to be too high.  This is a great avenue to explore in your diagnosis if you didn&#;t physically put the oil in the engine yourself.  We&#;re all human.  Perhaps the shop that last changed your &#;s oil put used the wrong oil.


5. Internal Engine Issues

Above we listed out some of the most common reasons that your would have high oil pressure that don&#;t involve opening up the engine.  If you&#;ve checked through all of that it&#;s time to focus on mechanical problems, or take it into a mechanic that can check it out for you.


Blocked Oil Passage- Much like the human body has veins, your has oil passages that lead oil to all of the vital engine components.  If one of these veins is blocked, it can mess with the oil pressure reading.  But, it also means that some part of the engine is not being properly lubricated.

Bad Pressure Relief Valve- If the pressure relief valve has gone bad, it&#;ll allow the oil pump to send as much pressure as it can muster throughout the engine. You&#;ll need to remove and clean or replace it to see if it was causing the high oil pressure.

Bad Oil Pump or Bearings- A bad oil pump is going to cause erratic oil pressure readings.  


Conclusion:  Chrysler High Oil Pressure Diagnosis

As you can see above, there are many reasons that your Chrysler could have high oil pressure.  High oil pressure often indicates that while some parts of the engine are getting oil, others are not.  Until you manually verify the oil pressure, you should treat it like you have no oil pressure at all.

Thanks for reading.  If there is anything that you would like to add, please leave a comment below.  Good luck fixing your !

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On average, the cost for a Chrysler Oil Pressure Sensor Replacement is $ with $20 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

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What is the Oil Pressure Sensor all about?

Oil is vital for your engine – you need enough oil to lubricate and reduce friction throughout the engine. There’s no way to visually determine how much oil is being pumped through your engine, so your car’s computer relies on the oil pressure sensor to determine the flow.The oil pressure sensor is a basic electrical switch that provides information to the instrument cluster’s oil pressure gauge with the accurate real-time pressure. When the pressure is too low, not enough oil is being pumped through the engine to lubricate and cool components. When pressure drops below a threshold set by the automaker, the engine oil light on the car’s dashboard illuminates, warning you that driving could be dangerous.

Keep in mind:

  • There is no way to visually determine the operating condition of your oil pressure sensor.
  • If the sensor fails, it is impossible to determine whether there is sufficient oil flow/pressure to lubricate and protect your engine.
  • If your oil pressure sensor fails, it should be replaced immediately.

How it's done:

  • The vehicle is raised and supported on jack stands and tire is removed
  • The defective oil pressure sensor is removed
  • The new oil pressure sensor is installed
  • The engine is started and oil pressure is checked then the vehicle is taken off the jack stands
  • The vehicle is road tested for proper operation

Our recommendation:

Your car’s oil pressure sensor is an electrical component, and can be subjected to a number of issues, including wiring damage. If you suspect damage to the sensor, or have noticed your oil light come on, have it inspected and diagnosed by one of our expert mechanics.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Oil Pressure Sensor?

  • Oil pressure light is on
  • Oil pressure light turns on and off (can indicate several potential problems)
  • Depending on your make and model, you may have an oil pressure gauge that displays pressure in PSI. Note any drops below normal operating pressure.

How important is this service?

It is absolutely vital that your engine oil pressure be constantly monitored for potentially dangerous conditions. If your oil pressure sensor isn’t working properly, it cannot do its job, and must be replaced. If your oil pressure light comes on, call one of our expert mechanics immediately (driving with the light on can potentially cause damage).

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