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Old 01-21-2005, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why does a yellow "oil" idiot lamp sometimes stay on after I turn off the engine.. this is intermittent.

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Why does a yellow "oil" idiot lamp sometimes stay on after I turn off teh engine.. this is intermittent.

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Just means that your oil levels are running a lil low. Its intermittent depending on how the oil levels are at various points of the day (driving raise sand lowers levels). Just go to your auto dealer and buy a quart of their best synthetic oil (Mobil 1 ought to do).....and pour in a little into the brake reserviour following the instructions in the manual ( assuming you have one). Remeber not to add too much. The light will go away.

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Old 01-21-2005, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sehey man are you crazy, you told him to put engine oil to brake reservoir ?!!!
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Originally posted by 2001BMW325xi+Jan 22 2005, 12:45 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(2001BMW325xi @ Jan 22 2005, 12:45 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-BimmerDom@Jan 21 2005, 03:06 PM
Why does a yellow "oil" idiot lamp sometimes stay on after I turn off teh engine.. this is intermittent.

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Just means that your oil levels are running a lil low. Its intermittent depending on how the oil levels are at various points of the day (driving raise sand lowers levels). Just go to your auto dealer and buy a quart of their best synthetic oil (Mobil 1 ought to do).....and pour in a little into the brake reserviour following the instructions in the manual ( assuming you have one). Remeber not to add too much. The light will go away.

Ciao and dont fret too much....bimmer's lights usualy like scaring ya more than anything....read the manual and it answers most common questions.
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Wrong Information......NEVER ADD MOTOR OIL INTO BRAKE FLUID RESERVIOUR. YOU MAY CHOOSE CORRECTION/EDITING OR IT WILL BE DELETED> THANKS
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I'm not a mechanic, but still..

I don't know if the computer on the '04 models is different in that reguard, I'd call the dealer and ask them, not that you'll get a good answer, that does sound odd to me, then again, I don't have an '04 model.

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i think you are all wrong,,,,on my 2004 e46 bimmer the RED light is oil and the YELLOW light,,that looks like an engine,is the engine check light,,for the emmisions
if it stays on it means the emmisions values have deteriorated

also if it is the RED oil light,,and it stays on AFTER the engine is switched off,then it is the oil levels!!!page 137 of the manual


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i think you are all wrong,,,,on my 2004 e46 bimmer the RED light is oil and the YELLOW light,,that looks like an engine,is the engine check light,,for the emmisions
if it stays on it means the emmisions values have deteriorated

also if it is the RED oil light,,and it stays on AFTER the engine is switched off,then it is the oil levels!!!page 137 of the manual


hope this helps

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We are not wrong , on this cars (also on yours ) red engine oil light is for low pressure you have to stop car immediately when it comes on while driving. The same light come on with a different color (yellow),when oil level is at the absolute minimum. (also stay on with the engine off to tell you that you have to add some oil)
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Yikes.... looks like I got a straight answer

I researched the entire manual, here is the answer (page 19)

Yellow Engine Oil Level comes on after the engine has been switched off: add engine oil at the nearest opportunity...
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I purchased a new 2004 330xi in July. I called the dealer when the yellow oil light stayed on after I turned off the car. They said that this usually happens around 6000mi - it just means that the oil was a little low. I stopped in at the dealership and they topped it off at no charge - in and out in 10 minutes.
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Yikes.... looks like I got a straight answer

I researched the entire manual, here is the answer (page 19)

Yellow Engine Oil Level comes on after the engine has been switched off: add engine oil at the nearest opportunity...
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HEY ZIBBY AND BILLB........make sure you know what yure talking about before you accuse someone of posting wrong info. At least read the post properly....JEEZ
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Originally posted by 2001BMW325xi+Jan 25 2005, 10:20 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(2001BMW325xi @ Jan 25 2005, 10:20 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-BimmerDom@Jan 24 2005, 07:22 AM
Yikes.... looks like I got a straight answer

I researched the entire manual, here is the answer (page 19)

Yellow Engine Oil Level comes on after the engine has been switched off: add engine oil at the nearest opportunity...
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HEY ZIBBY AND BILLB........make sure you know what yure talking about before you accuse someone of posting wrong info. At least read the post properly....JEEZ
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So you think the manual says 'pour engine oil into the BRAKE RESERVOIR'????
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It could also be a fauly oil sensor like mine. I had the light start coming on around 8k, but the oil level was fine. Dealership replaced the sensor and my oil for me per SIB 11-07-03
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ya just check you oil level the old fasioned way. with the dipstick...

and do not put engine oil into your brake resivoir, i think he just made a typo.
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[quote=2001BMW325xi,Jan 25 2005, 11:20 AM]
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Originally Posted by BimmerDom,Jan 24 2005, 07:22 AM
Yikes.... looks like I got a straight answer*

I researched the entire manual, here is the answer (page 19)

Yellow Engine Oil Level comes on after the engine has been switched off: add engine oil at the nearest opportunity...
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HEY ZIBBY AND BILLB........make sure you know what yure talking about before you accuse someone of posting wrong info. At least read the post properly....JEEZ
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Yes ! we red your info and you B S owners of those great cars ,tellin them to pour engine oil into brake fluid reservoir and jeopardazing their safety - this is unacceptable on this forum !!!!!
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I had the yellow/amber oil light come on in mine at about 55000 miles and it turned out to be the oil level sensor not the low oil. Just thought thought i'd add my experience in there.
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