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Oil light flickering question

So the oil light started flickering today. My car does use up some oil and also leaks some. Usually when I change my oil after 3,000 miles, the oil is starting to get low. I lost track of when I needed to change my oil this time. So when the flicker came on, I decided to check. It was very low on oil. I put a quart in and drove. It came back on. I checked again and there was oil on the dipstick, but still below the "low". I added 2 quarts of oil. The light did not come back on until I hit an ice patch and the car spun around. It came back on and has been flickering ever since. I checked the oil and the oil is filled. Why is it still flickering?
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i do believe that is a common problem on the 2.7's. supposed to be a oil pressure switch i believe. perhaps someone with a 2.7 will let us know
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Start by replacing the pressure switch. Make sure you get one from the dealer or it will flicker again...the aftermarket sensors are not calibrated as tight....if it still flickers, with a Mopar sensor, an oil pressure test is in your future.
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Is this hard to replace?
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pretty easy to replace it's on the passanger side block below the the cat and exhaust manifold
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its on the right side of the engine,, really not to bad if you can get the car in the air enough to get under it

and as Dan sez,, get one from the dealer,, its like 19 bucks,
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Thanks a lot guys. Will anything happen if I do not replace it other then me being annoyed by the light?
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Thanks a lot guys. Will anything happen if I do not replace it other then me being annoyed by the light?
Well, if you DO develop a real oil pressure problem in the future, you'll never know if you don't get it replaced. And that would be bad.

But in the near term, you will not be causing any harm by not replacing it.
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id get it checked out asap, as its a 2.7

they need that tlc
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Well it seems to have gone away. Maybe it was just being a little fussy yesterday. If it comes back though, now I know what to do. Thanks a lot guys!
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Well, I was wrong! When driving through a park yesterday, I was slowing down going towards a stop sign and the car started shaking and died. I let it sit a minute and tried to start it. It started but was very rough. It got better and started running normal again. I went to my parents and left the car running in the driveway for about 5 minutes while I ran inside real fast. When I got back to my place, my dad called and told me there was a puddle of oil in the driveway when I left.

SOOO.... I took today off and worked on it. Found the oil was leaking from the oil pressure sending unit. I looked it up on here, called my mechanic to get me the part cheap, and fix it. Seems to be good now. I used brake cleaner to clean the bottom of my filthy engine. I have a feeling this was leaking for a while. I also got an over sized drain plug and fixed that too so I can make sure no more oil leaks from anywhere. Hoping it is all good now! Thanks again guys.
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i do believe that is a common problem on the 2.7's. supposed to be a oil pressure switch i believe. perhaps someone with a 2.7 will let us know
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id get it checked out asap, as its a 2.7

they need that tlc
I'm not seeing where he said it was a 2.7? I have the same issue with a 3.5 and wonder if anyone has a picture of the location?
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I have a 3.5 and have a similar problem with mine. I have a "slight" oil leak with my car, it doesn't seem to be too bad (but I don't know much about it really). I get some drips in my drive way - depends on how much I drive as to how much oil I get it seems. I have to add a quart inbetween oil changes. However, when it comes time to add/change my oil, my oil light constantly flickers on and off only when I come to a stop. I have no idea where it's leaking from, why the light flickers or what the deal is... and, I am by far *no* mechanic. I'm off work tomorrow and am actually going to take it to my mechanic so he can tinker with it though.
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I have a 3.5 and have a similar problem with mine. I have a "slight" oil leak with my car, it doesn't seem to be too bad (but I don't know much about it really). I get some drips in my drive way - depends on how much I drive as to how much oil I get it seems. I have to add a quart inbetween oil changes. However, when it comes time to add/change my oil, my oil light constantly flickers on and off only when I come to a stop. I have no idea where it's leaking from, why the light flickers or what the deal is... and, I am by far *no* mechanic. I'm off work tomorrow and am actually going to take it to my mechanic so he can tinker with it though.
Have him check the valve cover gasket areas the oil pan gasket area the oil pressure switch and the drain plug.

There the areas they leak from.
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Thanks for the tip, crypt! I have to take it back in a minute, he was really busy this morning. I'll be sure to write that down and tell him. Though, I'm starting to think I just need to send you my car so you can fix it's boo-boo's, lol
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