I drive a 2007 w204 and have a question about the car. Warning light on the computer came on with the text 'Please check oil level at the next refuelling".
Ok, i thought, if it was severe it would say 'Oil level low' and dial would probably turn red.
So as any warning signal abiding driver, i checked at the gas station and the oil dipstick showed that the oil level was below the tip of the 'MINIMUM' arrow.
Please see blue line on this image, that is where my car's oil level is at.
- Should I be worried that i might have driven x miles/km's with the oil level below the the minimum? (as you can see the oil tank is not bone dry, it's halfway below the very tip of the dipping stick and the point where the minimum arrow is.
- Would the car indicate if the oil level was at a critical level? I would think that it had some sort of electronic check to ensure you don't run below what's safe (the computer dial would turn red or something, as it does when the run flat indicator notices a drop in tire pressure).To me this warning message seems too soft as in "you're still fine, no need to refill right now, but please check the oil level next time you refuel"
Naturally, I'm getting it refilled tomorrow but want to know how 'severe' this is.
Another question: It just so happens that the time for the A1 service indicator has gone off, do they replace the oil at this point? If so, it doesn't make sense to put too much in it since they'll drain it and dump it anyhow, correct?
Thanks in advance.