Chrysler 200 P0520: Oil Pressure Switch/Sensor → Circuit


Common OBD2 trouble codes include P0520.  It’s generic, which means that it has the same meaning for the Chrysler 200 as it would any other vehicle.  P0520 indicates that the oil pressure sensor is operating outside of its normal “range”.  This can be caused either by an issue with the wiring or by a bad switch for oil pressure sensors.

Your 200’s oil pressure sensor measures the oil pressure mechanically, and converts that reading into a voltage signal that the ECM (Computer) converts into an oil pressure reading.  This signal triggers an oil warning light.

Red oil alert lights are a sign of a problem.  It is possible for the oil pressure sensor to be bad.  When there is no oil pressure, P0520 may occur.

P0520 Chrysler 200


Índice de Contenido
  1. P0520 Quick facts
  2. P0520 Symptoms:  Chrysler 200
  3. P0520 Causes:  Chrysler 200
  4. 200 Diagnosis P0520
    1. 1. Examine the oil
    2. 2. Check the Wiring Harness
    3. 3. Check the Oil Pressure Manually
  5. Conclusion:  P0520 Chrysler 200

P0520 Quick facts

  • Most common is an oil pressure sensor.
  • You can also get it from low oil pressure.
  • If you hear knocking or have the low oil pressure light, don’t drive until P0520 is diagnosed.
  • Similar to P0521.


P0520 Symptoms:  Chrysler 200

Sometimes, there are no symptoms (apart from the check engine lamp).  You may have low oil pressure if your engine makes unusual sounds (e.g metallic or clacky). 

Chrysler 200 P0520 Diagnosis

P0520 Causes:  Chrysler 200

  • Oil Pressure Sensor Although the P0520 problem is most likely caused by the oil pressure sensor, it would still be wise to first check the oil quality and oil level, along with the wiring.
  • Wiring for Oil Pressure Sensor The signal from the oil pressure sensor is P0520. This indicates that there has been a malfunction in the circuit.  This may indicate an issue with wiring.
  • Low oil consumption or none The first thing that you should do is check to see if there is oil in your vehicle’s engine at all.  It can also throw the P0520 code if it is low or empty.  This can be fixed by filling the oil with more, clearing the code and resetting the crankcase.  
  • Low Oil Pressure This code will be displayed if the oil pressure is too low.  The oil light should indicate that it is present, as well as a reading of low oil pressure from the gauge. 
  • Wrong oil or dirt? If your 200’s oil hasn’t been changed for a long enough period of time, it can interfere with the oil pressure sensor, even if there still is oil pressure.


200 Diagnosis P0520

These are the steps that a mechanic will take to diagnose P0520 on a Chrysler 200.  


1. Examine the oil

First, check your oil level.  If it’s full make sure that it looks healthy.  The oil pressure sensor may be affected if the oil appears blackened or gritty.  If the vehicle is past it’s oil change deadline (regardless of how the oil looks), changing the oil would be a good idea.


2. Check the Wiring Harness

Next, you should inspect the wiring harness running from the oil pressure sensor to the ECM.  You could have P0520 if the wiring is damaged.  Don’t forget to make sure that the harness is still plugged into the sending unit and undamaged.  

This code can be thrown for many reasons, including wiring issues.  The wiring is close to the 200’s exhaust and can get brittle over time.


3. Check the Oil Pressure Manually

After confirming that both the wiring and the oil level are fine, it is time to check the oil pressure manually.  There are two options: Manual oil pressure gauge to see if it’s where it needs to be.  These are simple to use.  Here’s a Amazing YouTube video That will explain exactly how to use this gauge for checking.

If the oil pressure from the gauge reads ok, you’ll need to replace the oil pressure sending unit/sensor.  If there is low or no oil pressure, you’ll need to figure out why.


Conclusion:  P0520 Chrysler 200

The process of diagnosing P0520 can be done easily.  If the oil light comes on, make sure you check that your oil pressure is correct.  Have fun fixing those 200!


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