I own a Suzuki Swift diesel. When I start the car in the morning during first time in the day, the oil pressure light stays on for 4-5 seconds after engine has started. Also when I restart the car when engine is hot, light goes off immediately. Is this normal to have light come on during cold start as oil has all settled down to sump.

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It's common for the oil pressure light to stay on longer from a cold start - as you rightly surmise, the oil has all settled down into the sump, and so it needs to build up pressure. Some diesels also use thicker oil than petrol cars, which will take longer to build up pressure (but equally will take longer to drain down).

How old is the car? it might be that the oil pump is starting to get a bit tired and so taking longer to build up pressure. It's also worth making sure you've got a decent filter on it - many cheaper ones don't have an anti-drain-down valve in them, so you also have to fill the filter each time you start from cold, instead of it staying full of oil.

  • Just wanted to add that there are cars around where an anti-drain-valve on the filter is neither part of the design nor allowed. Example : opel astra h z17dtj engine. The user manual explicitly states that this behaviour is normal and that the engine is designed for this
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 11:30
  • The car is just 1.5 years old. It has Fiat MultiJet 1.3 (1248 cc) engine. How much wear will this put on the engine everytime I start the car? Can it be the issue of oil pressure sensor? Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 14:32
  • Also the engine oil used is 15w40. Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 14:42
  • Is it synthetic oil?
    – method
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 18:55
  • Its part synthetic and part mineral oil. It is specified in car manual to use this grade of engine oil. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 2:52

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