What is high car engine oil pressure?

High oil pressure can be a serious issue in a car’s engine as it can cause damage to the engine over time. High oil pressure can be caused by a number of factors such as worn or damaged oil pump, malfunctioning oil pressure sensor, clogged oil passages, or even using the wrong type of oil. It’s important to identify and fix high oil pressure as soon as possible to avoid potential damage to your car and ensure your safety while driving.

Many cars will have an oil gauge on the dashboard which shows the current oil pressure levels. This gauge should stay in the middle at all times. If the oil pressure is too high or too low, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic for inspection.

Symptoms of high oil pressure include:

  • Warning light on the dashboard
  • Loud ticking or knocking noise coming from the engine
  • Oil leaks
  • Reduced fuel efficiency
  • Difficulty in starting the engine

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to have your car checked by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. A high oil pressure can be dangerous and should be fixed immediately.


Causes of high engine oil pressure:

An oil relief valve.

Faulty relief valve – The oil pressue release valve (or safety valve) prevents damage to piping by releasing oil pressure if necessary. A faulty release valve can become stuck closed, resulting in higher oil pressure. The relief valve should be fixed as soon as possible, as a stuck valve can create a build-up of oil and damage engine components.

Incorrect / low quality oil – Using the wrong oil can affect oil pressure. Using oil that is too thick can result in a higher oil pressure than normal. To prevent this, consult your car’s manual to find the correct oil type.
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Blocked oil passage – A blocked oil passage can cause a higher than normal oil pressure reading. Blocked oil passages can be dangerous because they can starve your car’s engine of oil, causing serious damage to engine components. 

Faulty oil pressure sending unit – The sending unit controls what level of oil pressure is shown on the gauge. A malfunctioning unit can show levels that are higher/lower than normal.


High Engine Oil Pressure Diagnostics & Inspection in Hamilton

Does your car engine have high oil pressure? If so, we can help!

At our auto repair shop, we offer professional high oil pressure repair services. Our team of experienced mechanics is trained to diagnose and repair any issues related to high oil pressure, ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly and safely. Our high oil pressure repair service includes:

  • A thorough diagnosis of the engine and oil system
  • High-quality replacement parts
  • Professional installation

At Grimmer Motors, our skilled mechanics are experienced in diagnosing engine and oil-related issues. This means that we can quickly determine the reason behind high (or low) oil pressure in your car. Once we have diagnosed the issue, we can provide high-quality services and replacements in order to fix your oil pressure problem.

For high oil pressure diagnostics in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!


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