You are driving your BMW7 series and get a check oil warning light on its dashboard. What could this mean? Your vehicle may have a low oil pressure or be low on oil.
It is a serious issue and must be attended to urgently. Oil is an essential lubricant for the engine. Without sufficient oil in the engine, there could be increased friction and less efficiency within it.
WHAT IS LOW OIL PRESSURE?
Low oil pressure means insufficient pressure to keep oil flowing in the engine. Lack of oil flow could potentially knock your BMW 7 series engine quickly.
The primary cause of low oil pressure is low oil in the engine. If you see the check engine light on your vehicle dashboard, you may need to get the oil changed and topped to avoid more complicated damage to your vehicle.
Other common causes of low oil pressure in the BMW 7 Series are a dirty oil filter or a bad oil pump.
Here a 5 symptoms your BMW 7 series has a low oil pressure and how to fix these problems:
- Oil warning light
The oil warning light is the first symptom you will notice if something is wrong with the oil system. It lets you know your vehicle’s engine is low on oil. Low oil is a significant cause of low oil pressure and will affect your vehicle’s performance. The remedy is to top up the oil. Your BMW will consume about 10 quarts of oil.
- Noisy Engine
You may notice rattling sounds and other sounds coming from the engine. The sounds are a result of a lack of lubricants/ oil. It causes engine parts to rub roughly on each other and increases the wear and tear of those parts. If you notice this noise from your car, you should stop driving and get your vehicle towed to the nearest BMW specialist to diagnose or fix it.
- Reduced Engine Performance and stalling
Low oil pressure means a reduction in oil flow and the ability to reduce friction in the engine. This reduction will cause the engine to work more but less efficiently, causing further damage to the engine part. It will also cause the engine to stall and eventually cause it to knock.
- Engine Overheating:
Less oil in the engine will cause increased friction and heat in it. Sufficient oil will help lubricate the engine components and reduce wear and tear. But less oil will cause more friction, which generates more heat and cause the engine to overheat. Topping your vehicle oil will remedy this problem.
- Burning oil smell:
As explained before, low oil is a major cause of low oil pressure in your vehicle. Low oil means less pressure and less oil for the pump to circulate. However, many things may cause low engine oil, including oil leaks. If you notice a burning oil smell coming from your car hood and you see the oil warning light, your vehicle may have an oil leak.
Low oil pressure and leaks are common problems with the BMW 7 series and should be fixed urgently. At Fremont Foreign Auto, we are experts at BMW vehicles and know how to fix low oil pressure and oil leak.
Call us at 510-793-6067 to get a quote and book an appointment.