How to Install the Oil Pressure Switch on a Toyota Camry

by Keith Perry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular sedans in the United States. The Camry has been produced since 1980 and continues to be a popular seller for Toyota. These vehicles have been equipped with various options and drive trains, including both four- and six-cylinder engines. The oil pressure switch determines when the oil pressure of the engine falls below acceptable operating pressure. The switch is used to light the warning light for low oil pressure, should that problem occur during operation.


Locate the oil pressure switch, which is usually located on the front of the engine facing toward the radiator. If you have difficulty locating the oil pressure switch, consult an appropriate repair manual for your Camry.


Remove the electrical connector from the oil pressure switch by gently prying the locking portion of the connector with a small, flat screwdriver. Wiggle the connector left and right with your hand while pulling toward the front of the car until it separates from the switch.


Place a disposable cloth under the oil pressure switch to catch any oil that is displaced when the switch is removed.


Remove the switch using the socket and ratchet.


Install the new oil pressure unit by hand to avoid cross threading. Tighten the switch using the socket and ratchet.


Remove and dispose of the rag used to catch any spilled oil.


Attach the electrical connector by gently pushing the connector onto the oil pressure switch .


Check the oil level and add oil, if necessary, to replace any oil lost in the switch replacement process.


  • close If the oil pressure indicator light remains lit after switch replacement, verify the engine has sufficient oil pressure before operation.

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About the Author

Keith Perry has been an employee and contractor for several large companies in various information-technology jobs. He holds an executive Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in computer science from University of North Florida. He began writing for Lotus Notes Advisor and Mobile Advisor publications in 1998.

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