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a question about oil pressure

1994 Trep 3.5L ES

today, My check oil light came on while i was turning off my engine. Becasue my key stayed at the middle between on and off. so, i could not trun off my engine and pull out my key, i had to ignite my engine again. After trying many times, I was lucky to turn off the engine and pull out my key. Anyone knows what was the problem? Oil pressure system or engineer's problem?

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So the engine was off when the oil light came on? Yeah, that is normal. If the key is forward and the engine is not runing, the oil light will come on, because there is no oil pressure.

Key not coming out is a whole seperate issue.
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Was the engine still running when the light came on? With the ignition on, engine off, the oil light will come on since there is no pressure. That's the way it's supposed to be.

Key not able to be pulled out...that's a key switch cylinder issue...

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Re: a question about oil pressure

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i had to ignite my engine again.
Did you do a count-down first?! Sorry...couldn't resist.
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Thanks for your guys ideas.
The problem came up again today, so I observed it carefully. The engine was off when the oil light was lid. However, the key was staying at the place between on and off, and I was not able to switch to position "off" and pull out my key. What I did is start my car again and let it ran for a while, and then turn the key to off quick, I succeeded after trying two times. So, I think it might be the problem of key switch cylinder. Do you agree? Do you know how much to fix it? Thanks!
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I concur, but I have no idea how much a new cylinder will cost. Prolly have to call the dealer on that one...OR maybe a good locksmith can rebuiold it? Just a thought....
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Try graphite lock oil first...

If that doesn't fix it, buy a new (or used) cylinder, take it to a locksmith and have them re-key it so it uses your key and then install it.

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the repair manual

I read the repair manual of the Interpid today, where says that the lock cylinder has 5 different positions: ACCESSORY, OFF, UNLOCK,ON/RUN,and START.

I am wondering, what is the meaning of UNLOCK? I think my key stayed at UNLOCK at the time.

The repair manual also meantions the concept "interlock", saying that we can adjust the column shift interlock system, or we can install a new interlock cassette..but what is "interlock"

I am really confused!!
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"Unlock" is the first position from "Off" when you turn the key to start your car. This unlocks the steering wheel, which shouldn't be able to turn until you hit that position from the "Off" position. Clear as mud?! lol!
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Interlock means when the key is "off" you cannot shift out of park until the key is turned to "on". And you are not suppose to be able to turn the car "off" and remove key and have the car in gear.
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"Unlock" is the first position from "Off" when you turn the key to start your car. This unlocks the steering wheel, which shouldn't be able to turn until you hit that position from the "Off" position. Clear as mud?! lol!
This is assuming you turn your steering wheel to the lock position.
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