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Old 04-19-2006, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp Question???

I started my car up and once I got rolling, this yellow light came on for all of about 30 seconds. Then it went off. It was off for my entire ride which was about 30 mins at an avg. speed of 65mph.

Should I be concerned or is this a one time glitch? I just had the oil changed at the stealership 2 weeks ago, and this is the first time I've ever noticed this lamp come on. The car has 71,000 miles.

I checked the oil too, and if anything, it looks a tad above max.
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If oil level is OK, then no worries.It could be an oil level sensor starts failing, but till it completaly stays on do not kill yourself thinking about it.
You can also check wire is attached securely on the oil level sensor connector.
BTW it is around $100 item(shopping on line).
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If oil level is OK, then no worries.It could be an oil level sensor starts failing, but till it completaly stays on do not kill yourself thinking about it.
You can also check wire is attached securely on the oil level sensor connector.
BTW it is around $100 item(shopping on line).
Thanks for the speedy reply, where do I find the oil level sensor connector? Maybe when the stealership was in there working they knocked something loose...wouldn't surprise me. They replaced my water pump too, and somehow managed to open up the radiator cap while the engine was still hot, coolant all over the place. I didn't notice until my car started smoking a little and it was the access burning off...of course the stealership said it was normal...BS! Shotty work I say. I want to avoid the dealer in the future.
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It is installed into the oil pan, on the bottom of engine.
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My car is doing the same thing but have not had a chance to replace the level sensor yet.
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Sounds like it is the level sensor. Sucks to hear about your dealer experience. I know here we do not seem like the nicest people but I cna say the last 2 dealers I worked for we tried hard to make sure work was done correctly. It kinda sucks when other dealers give ones that really do give an effort a bad name.
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I hear that, Sal. That's why I went independent. There are a few perks you lose, but the pros defintiely outweigh the cons--in my opinion. And even though it's only a side business, it's enough to keep me on my toes.
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Unfortunatly it only takes one hack go give the whole dealership a bad name...there are only 5 of us in our shop, 4 of us always make sure the job is done properly but that one guy just hacks away and has no respect for our BMW's...it sucks and you can't tell him different because he's best buds with the service manager and even weasled his way into shop foreman position (not recognized by BMW)
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My car is doing the same thing but have not had a chance to replace the level sensor yet.

Mine too - I have a 99 E46 328i with 100k mi on it and it started doing it a month ago. Comes on almost every time the engine is started cold and stays on for about 30 seconds. First it totally freaked me out that I ended up adding an unnecessary (as it turned out) quart of oil. That probably did it more damage that the stupid light. Now, I just try to ignore it as the oil level's fine. I am however VERY RELIEVED I've read your posts. Now I know it's not a big deal (I hope we are all correct on that though... Hope it's not an oil pump or something, anyone?)
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