Symptoms of Low Engine Oil
Motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine system and making sure you maintain clean, healthy levels is a simple way to avoid a breakdown or costly service center fees.
At our service center, it’s our goal to empower drivers throughout Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland by providing helpful information to keep their vehicles running at peak performance. So what are the most common signs of low engine oil?
- Oil pressure warning light
- Burning oil smell
- Knocking or banging sound
- Engine failure
Continue reading to learn more about these basic symptoms of low engine oil and the steps to take to avoid a costly repair.
The Importance of Checking Your Engine Oil
The engine is the heart of your vehicle. Inside exists a complex system of moving metal parts, all working together at a high-level speed to keep your vehicle in motion. Motor oil is necessary to lubricate these moving parts and remove any harmful particles that get trapped inside your engine.
If you own a newer vehicle, your owner’s manual will be able to tell you exactly how many quarts of oil your vehicle requires, along with how often you need to schedule to have it replaced. If your vehicle is older or has an odometer reading that’s above 75,000 miles, it’s best to consult with a licensed technician on best practices.
Symptoms of Low Engine Oil
Low oil levels place an unnecessary level of stress on your engine and can result in serious damage, if ignored. If your vehicle completely runs out of oil, your engine will quickly seize, which often is unfixable and will require a full replacement. The good news is that this can all be easily avoided by staying aware of some common warning signs, including:
- Oil Pressure Warning Light. This symbol will appear on your dashboard when your vehicle detects its oil reserves have dropped below a safe level. The moment you notice the symbol appear, immediately schedule a service appointment.
- Burning Oil/Metal Scent. Low oil levels place a heavier burden on your engine system, causing it to overheat. Often, this heat will create an unpleasant burning scent inside your cabin. The moment you notice this smell, quickly pull over and allow your vehicle to cool down. Schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.
- Knocking or Banging. The increase of friction will cause your engine rods to loosen, creating a loud knocking or banging sound while driving. Rods are what keep the engine’s pistons secure, so when they become loose, it immediately lowers engine performance.
- Engine Failure. This is the worst-case scenario and can easily be avoided by paying attention to the above symptoms and having regular maintenance appointments.
Schedule an Oil Change Today!
At BMW of Atlantic City, our team of highly skilled technicians is here to provide drivers throughout Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland with honest and dependable care to keep your vehicle working at its best condition. There’s no need to ever get stuck with an overheated engine. Simply stop into our state-of-the-art service center or go online and schedule an appointment today!