1989 Toyota Corolla DX 1.6 from North America
A great car for a teenager to start off with.
The Catylitic converter is on its way out.
Rear brakes wore out.
Emergency brake cable snapped.
Trunk door has to be pushed up because the pump that pushes it up has lost its power.
Rust spot developing on trunk door.
Rear wiper blade bolts are rusted on.
Bad oil light flashes when I have car at complete stop while in Drive even though I just changed the oil.
Fuel line leaked.
One of my belts is going.
Possibly my power steering pump is going.
This car is really good overall despite the parts that went, or are on their way out.
The car has always started strong.
Its acceleration isn't the best.
4WD option is great for snow.
Overdrive on and off option is great for gas savings.
I get about 30 MPG still.
Steering is really good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2004
22nd Jun 2004, 09:46
Oil light flashing at idle is early indication of low oil pressure due to excessive bearing clearance or other internal engine wear, not dirty oil. Unusual for this to happen at such relatively low mileage.
Unfortunately it's not going to get any better without internal engine repairs. You can use a heavier oil or an additive like STP to get better pressure, but as wear continues even that may not eliminate the symptoms.
9th Mar 2005, 20:28
Try a heavier oil, such as a 15w40 diesel engine oil. Yes, it's safe to use in a gasoline engine. Try that and see if it helps your low oil pressure situation.