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Old 05-01-2007, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Pan Gasket Replacement/Brake Job Problems

Ok I finished my oil pan gasket job. I did rotors and brakes while I was at it. Here's what I've got

(1) car won't start [I already solved this one - bad ground]
(2) Oil Pressure Light on the overhead panel
(3) Anti-Lock light is on until gas pedal is pressed
(4) Battery light is on until pedal is pressed
(5) Brake Fluid light is on

I filled the car with 4.25 quarts, oil is on the dipstick, nothing is leaking from the engine

Anti-lock/Battery light - I have no clue
Brake Fluid - I have no clue the reservoir is full

Ideas appreciated as always.

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Old 05-01-2007, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok the oil pressure light is out. Just a cruddy contact there. I'm still baffled by the ABS and Battery lights though. Like I said, as soon as I give her a bit of gas the lights clear and they stay out until I shut off/restart the car. Sounds like an electrical gremlin.
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Ok so I solved all of the issues. Now if I could only delete this post.
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I didn't do much. The engine needs 5 quarts, not 4.25. I read 4.25 in a table in the Bentley's manual. Must have overlooked a footnote or something.

As for the other lights: they just went away on their own. Engine was probably idling a little low for the alternator to charge the battery and I read that the ABS circuit runs parallel to the alternator so that would explain that light. Not sure why the idle would increase on it's own but I will take it.
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