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While all fluids that flow thru your Ford vehicle are important few are as essential as your engine oil. Your Ford's oil is like your blood in your body, without a lack of it, your vehicle vehicle can get in rough shape, without oil your vehicle won't function and this can lead to expensive repairs and vehicle safety issues.
 
Thankfully, today's vehicles typically come with warning lights and sensors that can help notify you of any issues with your oil. Most of these warnings can be activated as a result of low oil pressure. At Gengras Ford, we want to make sure that we provide you with the absolute best information when it comes to maintaining your car’s engine oil. That’s why we’re informing you about these common causes of low oil pressure warnings.
 
Faulty Sensors 
Before you start diagnostics on your Ford, it’s a good idea to make sure that your newest warning light isn’t just a false alarm. Just like every other high-tech part of your Ford vehicle, your car’s sensors aren’t immune to wear. Occasionally, excessive wear on your vehicle’s sensors can incorrectly read pressure levels and warn you of issues that aren’t actually there. This is most likely if your vehicle is an older model that you’ve had for some time.

Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional for these matters, such as the factory-certified technicians employed at Gengras Ford. At our dealership, we can properly diagnose whatever problem you may suspect in no time at all.
 
Oil Pump Malfunction 
Your car’s oil pump, as the name suggests, is responsible for pumping oil throughout your vehicle, ensuring that all necessary parts are properly lubricated. The oil pump generates pressure that is then used to carry oil from the pan and direct it to the proper locations. If this pump goes bad, due to age, damage, or any other reason, air escapes into your oil, creating bubbles and ultimately reducing your pressure. In turn, this can activate your car’s warning systems. When this happens, the issue should be addressed as soon as possible.
 
Improper Grade Oil 
Each vehicle, be a car, truck, or SUV, is unique. As such, each vehicle has unique needs, and this is especially true of its oil. Each time you change or top-off your oil, take extra care to ensure that you are using the oil blend and grade that is suggested by your car’s manufacturer. This information can be found online, or in your car’s owner’s manual. Many oil types vary in viscosity and intensity. Using the incorrect oil for your engine over time can lead to excessive wear, breakdowns, or outright engine failure. In turn, this can trigger your Ford’s advanced warning systems. If you’re unsure about which oil is best for your car, the experienced mechanics at Gengras Ford can help suggest the proper oil for your ride.
 
Bad Oil Filter
With every oil change, should come an oil filter replacement as well. A well-maintained oil filter is vital to the health of your oil, as it removes dust particles, metal pieces, or other debris which can otherwise damage your car’s internal mechanics. Over time, this filter can become clogged with the very debris that it traps, accidentally letting particles into your engine that should otherwise not be there. A filter that is not operating at peak efficiency will limit the whole system, and can lead to low pressure warnings.
 
If you believe that you may be in need of oil-related maintenance, look no further than the friendly team at the Gengras Ford service center. The next time you wish to schedule an appointment with us for any reason, you can do so online, by phone, or by stopping into our ford dealership in person at your earliest convenience. We look forward to serving you!