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Old 10-23-2012, 05:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil level at minimum

Hey guys,

I changed my oil last night. I sucked out 7.5 liters. And I put back 6.5. Then this morning the warning light came on telling me oil level is at minimum.

Several threads say I need to change the oil level sensor. Do I have to do this? I am fine by checking the oil using the dipstick.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the level on the dipstick? If your oil level sensor does not match the stick level then the sensor is obviously off. Personally, I would live with it being off rather than going to the trouble and expense of replacing the sensor.

BTW, the best time to check the level by either method is about 10 minutes after you turn the car off and still at proper operating temperature.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I changed my oil last night. I sucked out 7.5 liters. And I put back 6.5.
how does that work??? 1 liter missing is enough to get the message...

wouldn´t logic dictate "7.5 Liters out, 7.5 Liters back in?"
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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you are probably way short. the capacity on my 2001 e320 is 8.5 US quarts or 8 litres. You do need more oil
check your dipstick is the right one and that you are on the level testing the oil
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Ditto - definitely check/fill using the oil stoick. The dash reading is for reference only - and the design of the sensor is so you get a electronic warning message when "low" - and was never intended to be used as the authority for oil level.

Frankly your #'s on the refill/top-off sound off - usually up to a 1/2 more need to be refilled as compared to removal to compensate for the oil, taken out with the filter removal. .

Recheck with the dipstick - and go from there - keep the beat !
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Where are the threads that say you need to replace sensor when you are low on oil?
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Good point Kajtek1, I can't remember any either!
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Where are the threads that say you need to replace sensor when you are low on oil?
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Now I can only wonder what "put the oil back" means
No offense Squirrel, but you need to chose your wording wisely.
that unless you are on fire.

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Just for future reference, should you decide to change the air in your tires, don't weigh what you remove in order to try and figure out how much to refill. Just add air until they are properly inflated.
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