I have a 2002 325i w/75000 miles. the amber oil light comes on after 30
seconds and remains on for 15 seconds every time I start the car. The oil
is full and it indicates that the next service isn;t due for another 9500
miles. I suspect a sensor, but the fact that this condition occurs no
matter if the car is cold or warm and seems to occur with un-varying
intervals causes me to wonder if there may be some other electronic issue.
My understanding is that a sensor cahnge is about a $400 operation that I
would like to avoid if at all possible (especally if that isn;t the
Is anyone familiar with this?
Did you check ALL the fuses. check for voltage at the sensor. chances
are the sensor is faulty. why not wait unitl your next oil change to
repalce the sensor. this way the oil is already out of the engine, the
sensor is easy to change when there is no oil in the engine. 3 10mm
nuts and it's out. just as simple to install. good luck.
It's not a fuse problem. It also is not likely to be a hardware problem.
The issue, as it was explained to me, is that the software has an incorrect
sample time. A new sensor can cure the problem, but the fact is, the problem
is not realyy a problem. If the light comes on at any other time beside the
few seconds at start up, there is a bonafied problem, otherwise all there is
is a sampling error.
Thanks for your input, Jeff. That is exactly what concerned me. I'd hate to
pay the $150 +/- for the new sensor if that wasn't the real problem. The
light only comes on during that one situation and my past experience with
faulty sensors is that they either don't work at all or they work
sporadically. What is the best way to get this corrected?
My daughter has a '00 323, and when the motor is started, the oil light
comes on with the key, goes out then comes on again 30-ish seconds after the
motor is started. It remains on for 30-ish seconds and then goes out, and
never lights again.
We (I) asked two different places and they both gave the same response.
The way to fix it is to replace the sensor, three bolts and a connector
(easy stuff at home). But since there is no actual problem, and a true Low
Oil Condition will still be reported when it happens, why worry that a false
Low Oil Condition is reported at startup? If you know without a doubt that
the oil level is where it should be, then you have a false report that is no
A new sensor will work within the sample period of the software, and this
will solve the problem. But the current sensor works, just not within the
sample period. The result is a report of a failed sensor ONLY because the
sample period is not as large as the sensor needs.
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