Oil pressure switch was replaced but the Check Engine Light is still on.

My oil pressure switch was changed on Monday October 17 and my check engine light is still on.
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Hello there, a few different things will cause your 2011 Honda Pilot to still have the Check Engine Light on after the oil pressure switch was replaced. The most common cause would be the code not being cleared after the repair was performed. The first step a technician would take is to scan the car and check what code is stored in the computer. Once the exact code is known, then diagnosis could continue. A certified professional, like one from YourMechanic, can come to your car’s location to inspect the Check Engine Light in person and pinpoint the correct repairs that are needed.

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The check engine light is a warning light that`s turned on when there`s a problem with any engine component. This also includes the engine oil pressure sensor. The only way to know if a bad oil pressure sensor is the cause is by bringing your car to the mechanic for a check-up.
An oil pressure sending unit is also known as an oil pressure switch or even an oil pressure sensor. Oil pressure sending unit is a less common name for the component these days. No matter what the part is referred to, all three serve the safety purpose of monitoring your oil pressure.
Oil pressure switches can develop external leaks (that is, they can leak oil onto the engine) and/or the switch can fail internally such that the switch either fails to warn of low oil pressure or the switch goes off prematurely and illuminates the oil pressure warning light when in fact nothing is wrong.
The P0522 error code warns the driver that the vehicle`s powertrain control module (PCM) has detected a potential incorrect or low voltage signal from the engine oil pressure sensor.
A bad oil pressure sensor can cause your vehicle to leak oil. This happens because your oil pressure sensor connects to oil-sending units. When this goes bad, the unit starts to leak oil out of the pan. If your vehicle`s oil pan has a leak, you should fix or replace it as soon as possible.
An oil pressure switch is a protection device for an engine. Its a type of oil pressure sensor. As the name suggests the oil pressure switch is a mechanical device that has a switch inside.
Normally, the transmission oil pressure switch will need to be replaced at least once during a vehicle`s lifetime, so if you start to notice symptoms, contact a professional mechanic to further assist you.
Driving with this light on your dash can cause severe, irreversible engine damage. Although you can`t determine the severity of the oil pressure problem right away, the best thing you can do is to treat it like a worst-case scenario.
With the P0522 code, a low oil pressure issue like a low oil pressure condition will trigger the code. Faulty oil pressure sensors or damaged oil pumps can also cause any of these codes to be set. Finally, a damaged PCM is known to have caused this issue, although that`s extremely rare.
Driving with this light on your dash can cause severe, irreversible engine damage. Although you can`t determine the severity of the oil pressure problem right away, the best thing you can do is to treat it like a worst-case scenario.
With the P0522 code, a low oil pressure issue like a low oil pressure condition will trigger the code. Faulty oil pressure sensors or damaged oil pumps can also cause any of these codes to be set. Finally, a damaged PCM is known to have caused this issue, although that`s extremely rare.
A loose gas cap is one of the most common reasons for the check engine light to go on. Check that your gas cap is screwed on securely and that it`s in good condition. If you have a tank of bad gas in the car, your check engine light may come on.

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Low oil pressure light comes on when idle. Check engine light is on as well. Both came on after getting an oil change 3 days ago.
ANSWER : It is possible that they put in the wrong viscosity oil. In rare instances, a defective filter will also cause low pressure. If there is too much oil, it will aerate and cause low pressure. Be sure the oil level is really not above "max". The P2187 code will appear if the oil fill cap is not tight but it will also appear due to a myriad of causes because that code only "generally" identifies a lean running condition. Consequently, numerous parts would have to be tested including the O2 sensor, gas cap seal, manifold air leaks, any vacuum leak anywhere including PCV and EVAP systems, exhaust leaks, and fuel system faults such as failing fuel pump, clogged filter and more. Since the car has relatively low mileage, you would not expect a failed oil pump, although the pressure sensor (or switch) could be bad. However, the occurrence of the oil pressure warning light is quite coincidental to the oil change, thus I would suggest bringing the car back and asking them to redo with a new filter and double check the viscosity of the new oil that they use. If the problem persists after that, you will have to test actual operating oil pressure (at idle for instance) as well as the oil pressure switch. Finally, if the oil pressure warning light comes on continuously, unless the warning circuit itself is malfunctioning, that means the oil pressure is too low to operate the engine without damaging it. Anytime the light comes on for more than literally an instant, you should shut down the car and thus an issue like this obviously has to be repaired.

If you’d like, a YourMechanic certified mechanic can come to your home or place of business to inspect the vehicle and perform an oil pressure light is on inspection to diagnose the vehicle and suggest potential repairs.

lost all oil pressure, replaced the oil pump, low oil sensor, oil pressure sensor, oil pan gasket,
ANSWER : The fuel pump will not stay on if you loose oil pressure. This is why it is shutting off. The loss of oil pressure may be from bad crankshaft bearings or camshaft bearings. The engine oil pan should be removed and the oil pump needs to be checked to ensure that you put in the pick up tube seal to the pump and connected the pump to the block. Then remove at least one main bearing cap and inspect the bearings for excessive wear and crankshaft damage. If you need some help with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help diagnose the issue with your oil pressure firsthand and help you fix it accordingly.

Check engine light refuses to go off after engine replaced
ANSWER : Hello there, you have a long series of issues going on with your 2013 Hyundai Sonata. If you keep getting a repeating oil light on than there is likely a fault in that system.

Since this fault has lasted after the engine was replaced it could be a oil pressure sensor, wiring harness fault, ECU fault, oil pump, oil strainer clogged, or low oil pressure.

To diagnose this issue properly you need a complete vehicle inspection to start from square one and identify the root cause of all this.

check engine light O2 sensor already replaced same codes still popping up after replacing old O2 sensor
ANSWER : Hi there. What you received from the parts store was a code retrieval, not a diagnostic. The codes are set when a fault is detected against normal operating parameter. The computer does not know what caused the fault, only that the fault meets the criteria for this code to set. There could be a problem in the wire harness, converter, or the ECM. The code and data are needed to properly assess the direction that a diagnosis needs. I strongly suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a check engine light inspection.

Check engine light and oil light comes on before oil change?
ANSWER : Hi There,
As you may know, these lights are designed to come on at specific mileage intervals that are preset by the factory. When your mileage exceeds a certain amount relative to the last oil change, this will trigger the lights to come on. Typically this will include the oil light and the check engine light as there are also other basic service items that are checked during oil changes. I would recommend obtaining an owner’s manual for your car if you do not already have one. This will usually indicate the specific service intervals and recommended maintenance items for your vehicle at the various mileage intervals.

The tire pressure monitor will also come on when the air pressure in the tires has reached a specific threshold relative to the tire design specification. Tire pressure is also impacted by the outside air temperature. For every 10° drop in air temperature outside your tires will lose about 1% in PSI or inflation. As you may know, as the temperature of the air changes the density of the air changes as well causing the tire pressure to be impacted by this. When this happens, the sensors in the wheels will detect this change in tire pressure and cause the tire pressure light to come on. Aside from replacing faulty tire pressure sensors, another way to help prevent this type of fluctuation in tire pressure is by the use of Nitrogen in your tires rather than regular air. As you may know, air is approximately 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and the rest is water vapor and some other small concentrations of gases. Nitrogen is much less likely to migrate through tire rubber than oxygen. This will maintain your tire pressure much more consistently during large temperature fluctuations.

Car started to slow down and then the check engine light, battery, and engine oil light came on. What could cause this?
ANSWER : Hi there. It is possible that the battery cable came loose or the wires to the oil pressure sensor has came loose or failed. Check the battery cables and make sure that the terminals are tight and clean. Check the wires to the oil pressure sensor and make sure that they are connected and not broken. If everything looks good, then the oil pressure sensor may have failed. Plus, check the computer for codes and see what is stored. This will lead you to the part that could have failed. I recommend replacing the oil pressure sensor then checking to see if the lights will go out. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you with the warning lights that came on.

I Had my oil changed on 5/28/16. On 5/31/16 the check engine light came on. On 6/5/16 the low oil pressure turn off engine came on
ANSWER : Hello,

From what you describe it would not appear to me that something went wrong during your oil change.

If the level is correct on the dipstick and the engine runs and sounds okay, then it is probably something else.

A likely cause for a problem such as this can be a defective oil pressure sensor, or wiring.

Virtually all vehicles have a dedicated oil sensor that will monitor oil pressure of the engine and set off a warning light if it falls to low, in order to protect the engine. If the sensor fails however, it can send a false reading to the computer or gauge, and cause the warning light to activate by mistake.

I would recommend having the vehicle’s oil pressure sensor tested for accuracy, and if necessary the engine’s oil pressure to make sure that there is no issue with the oil pump or system of the engine, as unlikely as that may be.

I’d recommend having a certified mechanic inspect the vehicle for you, they will be able to check for these failures and diagnose your Check Engine Light in order to get your car running normally again.

Regards,

Eduardo
YourMechanic

Hello Ben, my oil pressure is came on. Slight oil drip. Mechanic changed oil, replaced sending unit. Light came on after a day.
ANSWER : You need to have the oil pressure checked to see if the oil pressure is within specifications before you condemn the engine internal problem with oil pump or crankshaft and bearings. You may want to get the dealer involved now and let them take care of getting the light diagnosed.