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Oil Light - Yellow after shutoff ?

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by golf5367, Feb 24, 2009.

    golf5367 guest

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    I have a '04 325Ci with 71K miles on it, 5 speed, stock.

    Just replaced the rear brakes and all is well on that front. After the test drive for the new brakes which went well (I am still here) I parked in the garage turned off the car and for the first time I noted a "YELLOW OIL" light stay on after TURNING off the car.

    I checked oil levels per manual, they are ok. Oil was changed about 3 months ago and is ready to be changed again.

    No obvious leaks or other issues, and this was the first/last time I saw it.

    I started car again light gone, has never come back ?

    Could it be related to jacking the car up for brakes ?

    Most recent service by dealer was new Thremostat and cam-shaft sensor under warranty but that was 2 weeks ago so I think it is un-related.

    Thoughts ?

    Bethlehem, PA

    MJR83 guest

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    my car did that to me the other week but i actually needed oil. but for the 2 days with the light showing after the car was off, it only came on about 2 time after turning my car on and off about 10 times through out the 2 day.
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    my 01 325 did that around 70K as well and it was the oil level sensor. Initially the light would go off after the car warmed up for a while. Eventually, though, it stayed on, despite having adequate amount of oil. I think it's located at the bottom of the pan area. My mechanic replaced it during the oil change and it's been ok since.

    Solidjake guest

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    Pretty much sums up the oils lights that come up:

    Red light: Low oil pressure. - If you see this at any time other than when the engine is not running or it just started about a second ago, shut your engine off immediately!

    Yellow light on after engine shutdown: Oil less than 1 quart low. - Check oil level with dipstick and top off.

    Yellow light on while driving: Oil 1 quart or more low. - Check oil level with dipstick and top off ASAP.

    Yellow light on for 15 seconds after engine start: Oil level sensor fault. - Replace sensor at your next oil change and monitor oil level with dipstick in the mean time.

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    could be an oil pressure switch. I had the light and replaced the switch, and the light went away. My levels were all good and no leaks on the driveway before or after the switch replacement

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    how the the car now in regards to the engine oil light?

    golf5367 guest

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    The car is fine. I have not had the light come back on but I have been checking the oil more frequently as it seems I am starting to burn oil slowly. So I guess the net was that it felt (the light) I needed oil.

    I am watching it like a hawk and no other issues.

    I am due for more wheel work so the jacking may trigger it again we shall see.

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