First check the oil level when the engine is not running. It's not unheard of for someone to be in such a hurry they forget to put new oil in during an oil change. I saw it happen twice. I won't tell you I did that once.
Which oil light are you referring to? There's a red low oil pressure warning light on the instrument cluster. Don't continue to run the engine with that one on until the cause has been identified. You might also have an oil change reminder digital display that turns on after a certain mileage has elapsed since it was last reset. It won't magically reset itself when it sees a stranger pouring oil into the engine. It must be done by pressing a sequence of buttons. You should be able to find the directions in the owner's manual. Many speedy lube-type places don't automatically do this because there are too many different sequences to memorize, they may not be aware of it in your car, and owners are normally responsible for keeping track of when the next oil change is due. Good mechanics are trained to never fiddle with customer controls unless it's part of a repair.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 1:26 AM