We at KLM Performance strongly recommend addressing issues relating to low oil pressure immediately. Any problems relating to low oil pressure must be addressed without delay. Never continue to drive when your vehicle is under low oil pressure. Any engine that is running with low or no oil pressure will seize the motor.
The Oil Pump is the Heart of the Lubricating Oil system in your engine. It is the ‘lifeblood of an engine, without which it would rapidly stop working. Lube Filters remove impurities and wear-causing contaminants from the engine’s oil, rather like kidneys purifying the blood. If Lube Filters are not doing an effective job, engine life can be radically shortened. Lube Oil not only allows the internal components of an engine to move by keeping the various parts separate from each other, but it also carries out a number of other very important tasks:
It may appear that this is a closed-loop system, where a fixed quantity of oil is pumped around the same circuit and should be relatively easy to keep clean. However, the combustion process, where the fuel and air mixture is burned to generate power, creates a break in this loop. Combustion inevitably generates a number of contaminants that pollute the oil.
Proper maintenance and care are necessary to keep this vital engine part performing smoothly. The oil pump will provide warning signs that it is starting to malfunction. Never ignore the Check Engine light of the car. It will alert the driver to problems that are occurring in the engine, which may be the oil pump itself. An auto mechanic should be consulted as soon as possible to have the problem fixed. At the same time, some additional information should be given to the mechanic, so he or she can go straight to potential problem areas. Noise coming from underneath the hood, particularly if there is a clanking noise, are signs of trouble. A primary duty of oil is to lubricate the engine and prevent friction resulting from parts coming in contact with each other. The clanking noise is a warning that there is an insufficient lubricant that could be caused by a defective oil pump. The hydraulic lifters are ordinarily not noisy at all. Commotion coming from them is an indication that not enough oil is being pumped into them.
The engine of an automobile relies on many parts functioning properly. It should be no surprise that if one becomes deficient, it is going to cause a great deal of wear on the engine itself. The oil pump is something that is often taken for granted and should not be. Proper maintenance and care are necessary to keep this engine part performing smoothly. The oil pump is going to provide warning signs that it is starting to malfunction. The pump maintains the oil pressure to a point as it can impart proper lubrication for the functioning of the engine and other machinery without friction. In the absence of that right pressure, friction will be caused for sure, and the most obvious result then is heat generation. It is one of the most obvious oil pump failure symptoms. As you operate the vehicle, the temperature of the engine will rise beyond normal. When this happens, the heat light on your dashboard will light up to alert you about this abnormal rise in engine operating temperature. This, if left unchecked, can lead to colossal damage to the engine as well as other parts, along with a likely breakdown of the vehicle on the road (in grave situations). Addressing this issue in time is one of the important ways to save money on car repairs.
The oil pump is responsible for generating the kind of pressure that allows oil to circulate all through the engine. Low oil pressure is not a good sign and is often detected by cars not starting up. If a look at the dashboard indicates that the engine temperature is racing up, the oil pressure is insufficient, and friction is starting to develop within the engine. These are all indicators of some oil trouble under the hood.
It is possible that the oil pump may not always be the culprit. Leaks can happen that are not related to the oil pump at all. Low oil pressure may be caused by something as simple as using the wrong brand of motor oil. In fact, other things can influence oil pressure, including engine bearings that have become worn out. An oil pressure check by a professional can discover whether or not the oil pump is having difficulty. The vehicle owner has to understand there are consequences for not responding to possible oil pump problems. Hydraulic lifters are necessary auto parts and don’t come cheap. Not enough lubrication will eventually wear lifters down and be the reason for some fairly expensive repair work. The engine itself will be damaged if there is insufficient lubrication.
Since the oil pump is responsible for maintaining the right oil pressure, if any abnormality arises, it will be evident. The pump pressure pushes the oil into the engine and then keeps it moving through the engine. Now, when the oil does not move along with the right pressure, the friction between the parts increases. So, if you feel that the engine is heavy, the power is low, and the car stalls frequently, it is because of decreased oil pressure. And that is surely one of the symptoms of a bad oil pump. So, it is not just the pump that the constant movement is damaging, but also the engine and the entire vehicle.
The average cost to replace an oil pump is about $500 to $1500 but can vary by vehicle or engine.