I'm a car mechanic – you MUST switch off your engine if this light shows on your dash or you'll spend £1,000s on repairs | The Sun

A MECHANIC has taken to the internet to warn drivers about switching their engines off if they see a common dash light.

Speaking on the @pentagrammotorsport channel on TikTok, the mechanic gave examples he'd seen where people had to spend £1,000s on repairs.

You'll find a warning light for the engine's oil on the dashboard of most, which illuminates as a small red oil can.

The video starts with the mechanic saying: "If you're driving along and that light comes on, stop!

"Stop the car, turn your engine off as soon as you can, and I mean immediately if possible.

"This light doesn't mean it's running low on oil, it doesn't mean it's run out of oil, it means it's not getting enough oil pressure."

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He goes on to explain what happens if you keep driving with this light illuminated.

"The oil pump isn't producing oil pressure to lubricate the engine. Oil is the lifeblood of the engine.

"You're talking about lots of pieces of moving metal that are very hot that without the oil will weld themselves together.

He then says he came across a Land Rover owner whose oil light had come on, but they'd continued on home.

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The Land Rover owner complained that the engine was getting very hot and wasn't producing enough power, and asked what they had to do.

The mechanic says: "Basically, what they had to do is a full engine rebuild, put a new engine in the car."

That adds up to £1,000s in repairs and the mechanic points out that the oil light is red and not orange for a reason.

He continues: "Don't let it cool and try to restart it. Check your oil level and try to work out why that light's one.

"It's the one light you don't mess around with."

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