Audi S4 v8 2003 UK spec - can anyone shed any light on correct
operation of low engine oil level warning in check control.
I don't think mine is working properly! A few months back, I
went on a touring holiday, and checked all levels before start of
journey. After a fairly sedate 250 (ish) mile trip from home to
ferry port, a very high speed blast from Brittany, north France,
down to Andorra in the Pyrenees followed. A few more days
blasting around hairpins and steep inclines and downhills, and I
noticed the washer fluid level check symbol in the dash. At the
next fuel stop, I topped up the screen washers, and also dipped
the oil. To my amazement, the oil level was right on the minimum
on the dipstick, but the oil check light in the dash didn't come
on. Waited another five or so minutes to make sure oil had
drained down to the sump to re-dip the oil level. Whilst
waiting, turned on the ignition to see the check control
warnings, the washer fluid level warning now cleared (because I
had just brimmed the reservoir), so I pressed the "check" button
on the dash. It went through all the check control functions
(including oil level) and said "OK" at the end.
I had covered about 1,500 to 2,000 miles since start of trip, and
whilst it doesn't surprise me that it gulped all that oil,
bearing in mind the nature of roads, and the "fun" I had been
enjoying, I am really surprised the oil level went to smack on
the minimum on the dipstick, but the check control light did not
warn me. With the washer warning, I guess the washer bottle was
about two-thirds empty, so the check control for that gives you
plenty of warning before running your screenwashers dry.
After topping it up with 1 litre of Castrol SLX II, I found an
Audi dealer and purchased another 4 litres for contingency whilst
in the Pyrenees. I checked the oil every other day, and it used
another litre and half whilst in the hills, but then settled to a
more moderate thirst for the slippery stuff once back home, and
being used more sedately!!
A couple of months later, at 6,000 miles, I changed the oil and
filter. After draining the sump, I turned on the ignition, but
the oil level check control light still didn't illuminate in the
dash, so my guess is that it is not working.
Can anyone out there confirm one way or the other before I go
bashing (metaphorically speaking <G>) on the Audi Service Counter
desk, and request a warranty fix.
CBR6FX | 2003 Audi S4 v8