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Old 09-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #81
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Hello plz need wiring for the connector for oil level sensor there is 3 colors now I have only brown in Number 3
sorry if I forget E46 330I 2002 M54
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:46 AM   #82
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Originally Posted by graemeeddie View Post
Hi. I posted on the general e46 board and the problem with my 2001 e46 325i SE saloon was diagnosed as a faulty oil level sensor. From my and other posts this seems to be a fairly common probblem.
Can anyone provide any info on how defficult it is to DIY fit a new sensor ? My dealer wants over 300 dollars for the job, so a DIY effort is quite appealing. Does anyone have and photos of a sendor unit and where it is located ? Can it be done using standard drive-on car ramps ? Thanks
Hi graemeeddie,
I've read your thread and have some knowledge about your problem.
Does the yellow oil light is lit, as after a few seconds it remain on for 15 seconds ?
Oil sensor faulty.
In my 4 cylinder engine the oil sensor unit is on the left hand side on your sump.
Its held up by 3 nuts and 2 cables come out of it. Does that make sense ?
Replace oil sensor unit and yes, it can be done on ramps but you will need to level the car as you have no choice and give the car an oil change. N.B No photo but will not miss. GOOD LUCK
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:34 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by fastlanechamp View Post
I love this site, BMW at Fremont Automall quoted me $600 for the fix, I am glad I did not let them do it. Never go to dealer again.
that is outrageous. only soccer moms and ppl with no immediate alternatives would pay that.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #84
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Re: Oil level sensor DIY fit

Fastlanechamp....you have to help take a stand against these damn dealers. You gotta call them out on that replacement estimate price. If the sensor and oil is all they're doing then its highway robbery.
For me....it doesn't really matter one way or the other since I never go to the dealer but it sickens me to see innocent people who don't know better getting ripped off so bad.

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:38 PM   #85
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Just replaced mine today. Cost was $73 for Hella OEM sensor, BMW logo scratched off.

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Old 02-14-2014, 04:08 PM   #86
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Originally Posted by E92M View Post
from the past...

My oil light comes on for like 15 seconds, and then goes off. Usually after the drive, and I've turned off the ignition.

That, and my coolant level light is coming on for 10 seconds at a time in the middle of every other drive.

I dunno what is wrong with my car!
If your oil light is coming on yellow after you turn the car off that is to warn you that the engine is 1/2 qt. (roughly) low on oil. It's actually a really nice pre-warning feature.
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:26 AM   #87
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I now have this problem. Looking at the options in ECS, I see theres Hella, Bremman, and their own house brand.

Anyone ever tried ECS's oil level sensor?
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Originally Posted by z168 View Post
I now have this problem. Looking at the options in ECS, I see theres Hella, Bremman, and their own house brand.

Anyone ever tried ECS's oil level sensor?
Assuming you mean ECS Tuning's oil level sensor kit "with hardware": http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2856012? If you click on kit contents, you'll see the oil level sensor is by Bremmen Parts. Would recommend Hella (OEM), however, and you can find it for $40 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ENGINE-SENSOR-...ANYJMJSI2UDVST.

Here's some additional information re: oil light behavior/part numbers/DIY/etc.: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...7#post16363287.

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