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Old 03-09-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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my engine oil light came on

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I was driving today and a yellow oil light came on, what is the cause of this?

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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you're a quart low, time to top off.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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oil level sensor or low on oil check check when cold
mine recently came on after i would shut the car off, twice and not all the time. Added a bit more oil hasnt come on yet
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you're a quart low, time to top off.
+1 I get mine every 3-4k miles... I NEED to find that damn oil leak....
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So, now, if you're not driving you should let it rest overnight and check the oil level in a.m. and then add what you need to get to just below the bottom of the top notch...that's technically full.

Done.

Don't add a qt. until you've checked things...and if you check too soon, your oil will read lower than it really is and you might thus add too much...and you're far better off a qt. low than even a 1/2 high.

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+1 I get mine every 3-4k miles... I NEED to find that damn oil leak....
I'm guessing there is no leak, that's about how much oil I go through.
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haha I just wanted to make sure!

so just add a quart and that's it?
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So, now, if you're not driving you should let it rest overnight and check the oil level in a.m. and then add what you need to get to just below the bottom of the top notch...that's technically full.

Done.

Don't add a qt. until you've checked things...and if you check too soon, your oil will read lower than it really is and you might thus add too much...and you're far better off a qt. low than even a 1/2 high.

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it was on whenever I shut the car off for the past 2 days, and it came on while driving today
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it was on whenever I shut the car off for the past 2 days, and it came on while driving today
You have the oil that was added to the car? If not, try to find out what was used and use that to top up with. Otherwise, any oil that says LL-01 on the bottle.

You're undoubtedly just low on oil...and you might not have a leak, per se, you might just be burning a lot of it ...which is commonly caused by ccv failure.

Anyway, I'd just measure to be sure in the morning and add what you need...it takes a while to settle down for a good read, so you could safely add a 1/2 and work up to what you need. I'm really fussy about getting the basics right...sorry!
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haha I just wanted to make sure!

so just add a quart and that's it?
Check it when it's cold in the morning and add accordingly. For me, when the light comes on while driving I know it needs a quart.
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you're a quart low, time to top off.
Or check the dipstick and ignore the light.
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You have the oil that was added to the car? If not, try to find out what was used and use that to top up with. Otherwise, any oil that says LL-01 on the bottle.

You're undoubtedly just low on oil...and you might not have a leak, per se, you might just be burning a lot of it ...which is commonly caused by ccv failure.

Anyway, I'd just measure to be sure in the morning and add what you need...it takes a while to settle down for a good read, so you could safely add a 1/2 and work up to what you need. I'm really fussy about getting the basics right...sorry!
ok thanks, yeah about 2 months ago the guy I bought the car from got the oil change done at BMW. I drive the car pretty hard and high revving, dunno if that'll burn oil more quickly
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ok thanks, yeah about 2 months ago the guy I bought the car from got the oil change done at BMW. I drive the car pretty hard and high revving, dunno if that'll burn oil more quickly
Find out the dealer if you can, most better use bmw oil, but some use Mobil I've heard...though either way, either oil is fine...but you need to get it in soon, whatever amount you need. there's one qt. between the notches (on the inside of the notches)...figure what you need (it may be a whole quart) and add that when you get the oil.

Also, don't believe the two months ago...even if it was family telling you this! Change it soonish with LL-O1 oil...unless he has a computer printed change oil sticker on windshield (so tacky!)
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oh he had the receipt with the PPI done, I have it somewhere
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how long can i drive with the yellow light on? It comes on about 15min after i start driving
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how long can i drive with the yellow light on? It comes on about 15min after i start driving
You need to add oil tomorrow morning...tonight if you can. Just get oil, you do not want to drive with that light on much at all, but you can certainly make it to the auto parts store...and getting a different LL-01 oil is fine...but not adding any, or adding just some random oil, is not a good idea at all.

It's oil, SG, you can't live without it...you really need oil! And, coz you asked, I also think you better check the condition and level of all your fluids! That's your homework...price you pay for ignoring the yellow light!
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I just bought 5w-30 from the BMW dealer, I'll put it in tomorrow!
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:47 AM   #19
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Same thing happened to me tonight... It came on after a couple minutes of driving, and then went back off about 2 minutes later.. What does this mean?
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:10 AM   #20
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Most probably your oil level sensor is rooted. My yellow oil light comes on every time i start the car. CBF replacing it, and my car burns not one drop of oil.
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