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Old 12-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default oil light goes on when I brake

when I come to a stop my oil light has been coming on..
I just bought another quart of oil that I'm planning on topping off.
I just got a bunch of maintenance done to my 02 wrx and I don't see any oil spot anywhere
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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Have you checked your oil? Not trying to sound harsh, but that would be the first place to start. I've heard some horror stories from having "quick stop" oil places not doing a great job of filling up after the change.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #3
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I always forget to check or am parked on a slant :/
I still have 2000 miles to go till my next scheduled oil change
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #4
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You are seeing the oil light in an '02 wrx? This is very bad. The oil light comes on when there is low pressure, which happens far after it being at a low level.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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Any reason why I'm not seeing oil spot anywhere?
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #6
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Any reason why I'm not seeing oil spot anywhere?
Your oil light does not mean you have an oil leak. Your oil pressure is probably very low and damaging. ^^ like he said in the post above you.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Might not be leaking, but "using" rather. (Burning, Blow-by ect....)
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #8
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Either way,...checking the current level of oil would be a great place to start.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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I guess I'm not expecting anything to go wrong with the car
Just did the a whole lot of maintenance and the guy said it would be good for another 100k
The maintenance was a whole bunch of gaskets and everything too
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #10
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I guess I'm not expecting anything to go wrong with the car
Just did the a whole lot of maintenance and the guy said it would be good for another 100k
The maintenance was a whole bunch of gaskets and everything too

That has nothing to do with your car burning oil or not... Not to mention, one gasket installed incorrectly (easy to do) will instantly cause an oil leak where there was none before.

Obvious question... have you checked your oil? It isn't worth posting any more until you do that.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:56 PM   #11
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I've checked
Its low
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #12
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I've checked
Its low
You should get in the habit of checking your oil level at least once a week.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #13
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You should get in the habit of checking your oil level at least once a week.
Best advice ever. I have only 3k on my engine and check it at least once a week. Read to many horror stories.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:11 PM   #14
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I'm pretty good at checking it
Just thought my car was in better shape aftee putting over 2k into it less than 5000 miles ago
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #15
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I've checked
Its low

How low? I'd imagine all-the-way low to show a light. I've ended up with the '03 running very low before, and the light never showed it's face.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #16
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Its pretty low
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:25 PM   #17
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if the light does not immediately go away after topping off the oil, that means it's a cracked pick up, so TURN OFF THE ENGINE IMMEDIATELY AND DO NOT RUN IT until you drop the oil pan and replace the pick up
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:35 PM   #18
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i would start by checking the pick up tube like other say, after that i would change the oil pump, and oil pressure sender sensor. if still get the oil light then i would start worrying for internal wear, bearings going and such....

my guess is the oil pump going bad, since this happens at stop and just idling, so once you start revving then the pump is kind of forced to build pressure, but on low rpms is weak and not spinning happily. in that case the timing belt would have some wear marks printed by the resistance of the pump.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #19
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Does it also come on when you park on a steep hill facing downhill?
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #20
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Invest in an oil pressure gauge.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #21
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if the light does not immediately go away after topping off the oil, that means it's a cracked pick up, so TURN OFF THE ENGINE IMMEDIATELY AND DO NOT RUN IT until you drop the oil pan and replace the pick up
^ THIS X 1,000!

The OEM oil pressure light turns on at 2.1psi, which is essentially nothing. VERY VERY bad! Oil light flicker or coming on at idle can be symptom for a cracked oil pickup...




See MANY more pics HERE.

Verify your pressure with a cheap mechanical gauge, then start troubleshooting. Do not drive the car until you figure out what's going on. Google it, research, and let us know if you have any questions.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #22
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I saw this thread and went to check my oil. I'm low..... thank God... just need to drive home on low rpms
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #23
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I check my oil 3 or more times a week, Call me paranoid or not but I drive a modded car I'm going to do the best I can to protect my investment.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #24
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I saw this thread and went to check my oil. I'm low..... thank God... just need to drive home on low rpms
It would have to be extremely low, as it you'd need to have to add at least 2+ quarts to bring it to the full line. Then, the oil light wouldn't come on at low RPMs it would come out at high RPMs when the pump is sucking out the most oil.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #25
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It would have to be extremely low, as it you'd need to have to add at least 2+ quarts to bring it to the full line. Then, the oil light wouldn't come on at low RPMs it would come out at high RPMs when the pump is sucking out the most oil.
I was a little over a quart low. Life has been busy in the last couple of months so I have not been on my car's maintenance lately. It has been 3 months since my mom spilled 2 gallon of drinks in my back seats; rug doctored them clean them the next day. Just haven't had time, so when people ask why I have no back seats I say, "because racecar!"

Thank you for the info about how low is too low and bad. That would have been my next question. I will be sure to give you guys a call when I am doing a 2.1 stroker/ 207/ or 257 swap.
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