WHEN I LEAVE MY CAR RUNNING IT SMELLS LIKE ITS ...

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  • beckyspencernix
  • 2005 Chrysler Sebring
  • 80,000 miles

When I leave my car running it smells like its burning oil an my oil light is on almost all the time

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 AT 10:18 PM

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  • caradiodoc
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You're supposed to turn the engine off immediately when you see the oil light. Serious damage can occur within a few seconds.

Normally the place to start is by checking the actual oil pressure with a mechanical gauge. If it is acceptable, the sending unit is suspect. They commonly leak too but the oil usually drips onto the ground and you don't smell it. If the leak is bad enough to smell, there's a good chance at some point the level got low enough for the oil pump to suck up air. That will cause low oil pressure that can lead to engine bearing failure. Chrysler built a lot of really tough reliable engines, but if you have the 2.7L, that isn't one of them. Once the oil light turned on you can expect major engine damage

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 AT 10:40 PM

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