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Old 11-29-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Long Story Short .. 1.5 months ago my yellow oil light came on occasionally when i turned my car off. i researched on the forums and it seemed like a lot of people had this issue and turned out to be the oil Level Sensor. Recently it was happening every single time i turned the car off.

since i've been so busy with work and school i thought i would DIY the sensor when i do my next oil change. Just randomly i decided to take a look at my owner's manual today. it turns out i am an idiot that doesn't know how to check oil level.

after doing the procedure properly i noticed i was below the minimum level. i rushed to the dealer and picked up a quart of oil and filled it. NO MORE YELOW LIGHT.

I have noticed a lot more power and torque and engine sounds better


Lets just hope i didn't the engine


Just realized the oil light came on shortly after changed my VCG. i am assuming i lost the oil when the gasket was leaking a little bit and during VCG replacement process. Stupidity at its finest .. really


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Old 11-29-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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LOL. So, you see the oil light come on and the LAST thing you do is check the oil level? You start by researching sensors?

Occams Razor. The simplest explanation is usually the right one.

I admire your honesty dude. I don't know if I would have the balls to make an admission like this on this forum. I'm glad no damage was done to the engine.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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yeah, usually the oil light comes on when you're low on oil.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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Nope you should be fine honestly. As long as it wasnt coming on while you were actually driving then it was just a little low. Mine was like this for a little over a month when i would turn the car off also. talked to the dealer when I bought some oil and he said there is no worries at all. Just dont get in the habit of doing it I would say
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:02 PM   #5
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LOL. So, you see the oil light come on and the LAST thing you do is check the oil level? You start by researching sensors?

Occams Razor. The simplest explanation is usually the right one.

I admire your honesty dude. I don't know if I would have the balls to make an admission like this on this forum. I'm glad no damage was done to the engine.

I enjoyed this post. Thank you
no i did check the oil the first time but i was doing it wrong.

lol i hope oil Nazis don't bomb this thread

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yeah, usually the oil light comes on when you're low on oil.

Lesson Learned .. Now i know
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:07 PM   #6
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Might want to pick up an extra quart and keep it with your spare. You know... just in case it comes back on at some point.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:09 PM   #7
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Nope you should be fine honestly. As long as it wasnt coming on while you were actually driving then it was just a little low. Mine was like this for a little over a month when i would turn the car off also. talked to the dealer when I bought some oil and he said there is no worries at all. Just dont get in the habit of doing it I would say
Thats a relief ...

well it actually the light did light up when i was going uphill once but it went away shortly after i reached the top and restarted the car. but so far so good "knock on wood"
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Glad to hear you caught it before something happened. Question though: what do you mean you checked the oil incorrectly?
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #9
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I have noticed a lot more power and torque and engine sounds better
Mmmm, yummy placebo!
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Glad to hear you caught it before something happened. Question though: what do you mean you checked the oil incorrectly?

thanks man.

Well. i use to check it in the morning before starting her up (cold). it turns out you have to let the engine reach the operating temperature, turn the engine off, wait 5 mins. then check it. and of course car has to be level.
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Being a quart or even two quarts low will not affect performance for everyday driving. You should not have noticed any more power from adding a quart. It must be either psychological, or a coincidence.
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thanks man.

Well. i use to check it in the morning before starting her up (cold). it turns out you have to let the engine reach the operating temperature, turn the engine off, wait 5 mins. then check it. and of course car has to be level.
that doesn't really affect the level too much as I have compared.
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If you checked it cold in the morning and it was up to the full mark, you could not have been very low, it at all. Something doesn't add up. Were you at the top mark, the bottom mark, or in between?
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that doesn't really affect the level too much as I have compared.

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If you checked it cold in the morning and it was up to the full mark, you could not have been very low, it at all. Something doesn't add up. Were you at the top mark, the bottom mark, or in between?

well in the morning with the car's front being very slightly elevated it read in the middle of max and min but following the BMW manual procedure ( warm engine , turn engine off, wait 5 mins) it read less than min even less than the gap under the min. i just called the dealer and they told me its a common mistake and asked me to follow the "BMW way ". they said add oil very slowly then drive for a bit and check again if low add more ..etc. ...
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well in the morning with the car's front being very slightly elevated it read in the middle of max and min but following the BMW manual procedure ( warm engine , turn engine off, wait 5 mins) it read less than min even less than the gap under the min. i just called the dealer and they told me its a common mistake and asked me to follow the "BMW way ". they said add oil very slowly then drive for a bit and check again if low add more ..etc. ...
5 min is too short, wait for 10min I bet the levels are the same.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:46 PM   #17
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5 min is too short, wait for 10min I bet the levels are the same.
I'm going to do series of testing and report back

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Old 11-29-2011, 04:48 PM   #18
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Note to self: never buy a car from this guy.
I like your car tho. nice color combo.
its probably only one car I would say sick. not a pos purple Pontiac with 27's.
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Silly question but how was you checking the oil?
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