Locating Your Car's Oil Pressure Sensor

All vehicles have an engine system that delivers oil to the motor. A highly important component of this system is the car’s oil pressure sensor. The oil pressure sensor is a safety device that informs the driver of any problems within the engine’s oil system.

When the oil light is illuminated, it indicates a problem — such as a leak, or low or no oil pressure in the engine — that the oil pressure sensor is reporting. Because this sensor is so important to the safety of the vehicle, it is just as important to be able to locate it under your car’s hood.

Step 1 — Orient Yourself With Your Car’s Vital Parts

When you lift the hood of your car, you should be able to locate the vital parts of your engine, including the oil cap, dipstick, battery, etc.

Step 2 — Familiarize Yourself With Your Particular Engine

You will notice that the bulk of the engine is taken up by the intake manifold. However, some engines are covered by a large unit installed to improve the aesthetics of the engine.

Step 3 — Locate Your Engine’s Oil Pressure Sensor

The oil pressure sensor will usually be located near the back and top of the engine compartment, and bolted in to the engine block, connected by an electrical clip to the car’s computer/electrical system. However, in some vehicles, the oil pressure sensor may be behind the intake manifold and may not be readily visible.