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      01-20-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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Low level oil indicator

well i did the oil change my self last weekend, at first it showed max on the oil indicator and notice today it said +1qt. So i went to Auto zone and got myself one and pour it in and now, indicator shows OK but it still shows low on the bar, any ideas on how to correct this or its fine as is?????
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      01-20-2011, 05:43 AM   #2
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When you did the oil change, how many quarts of oil did you originally fill up the engine with?
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7 quarts, but today it look fine all the way to max, hope fully it stays like that.
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I think you over filled the engine with the extra quart. When you do an oil change the engine takes 7 quarts. Some time the sensor just needs a bit of time to settle and you just need to egnore it. If you konw you put 7 quarts in it, and there is no signs of a visible (large leak - loosing 1 quart that fast is unusual) then you need to trust the fact that there are 7 quarts in the engine.
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      01-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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My 09 was showing a lower than max level after 5000miles following the last oil change, so i added one qrt of bmw oil, at first the readout did not register, but after a day or two, it showed that the oil level reached max. I guess it just need time.
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thx for the help guys
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If you poured 8 quarts in then you've overfilled and need to remove one quart before you have problems; including failed cats.

What type of oil did you use?
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i went with royal purple runs great!!!
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i went with royal purple runs great!!!
I give up.

You need to step away from your car and spend a month reading here before you screw up your car even more.

In the meantime, take your car to a BMW dealer or a BMW independent shop to get your oil and filter changed using proper fluids and filters.
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      01-28-2011, 07:00 AM   #10
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times like this make you wish this car had a dipstick.... OP hope everything worked out
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times like this make you wish this car had a dipstick.... OP hope everything worked out
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well its doing great now everything shows nice. really runs great on RP.
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times like this make you wish this car had a dipstick.... OP hope everything worked out
I just don't understand why everyone has such a problem with not having a mechanical dipstick. When you change the oil, you drain the old oil out, change the oil filter, and put in 7 quarts of fresh oil. It really doesn't matter what the dipstick says right after the oil change; I'm not even sure why you'd even look at it. If you put 7 quarts in, and if it didn't immediately pour out of the bottom of the engine, then it is in the engine.

I've never heard one person have an issue with BMW's use of an electronic oil pressure monitoring system. That system is far more important that the e-dipstick; as the engine can have the proper level of oil, but loose all oil pressure and lead to engine failure. But since cars have had electric oil pressure monitoring systems in them for the last 50 years or so, everyone is used to it. At some point in the past the low oil pressure light was some new-fangled, not-to-be-trusted system too.
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I just don't understand why everyone has such a problem with not having a mechanical dipstick. When you change the oil, you drain the old oil out, change the oil filter, and put in 7 quarts of fresh oil. It really doesn't matter what the dipstick says right after the oil change; I'm not even sure why you'd even look at it. If you put 7 quarts in, and if it didn't immediately pour out of the bottom of the engine, then it is in the engine.

I've never heard one person have an issue with BMW's use of an electronic oil pressure monitoring system. That system is far more important that the e-dipstick; as the engine can have the proper level of oil, but loose all oil pressure and lead to engine failure. But since cars have had electric oil pressure monitoring systems in them for the last 50 years or so, everyone is used to it. At some point in the past the low oil pressure light was some new-fangled, not-to-be-trusted system too.
The problem with the e-dipstick is not right after an oil change. It is when months have passed and it tells you that your oil is low then you add a quart and it still tells you that your oil is low then at a later time you recheck it and it shows max. It makes me feel uneasy. With a dipstick it is a no-brainer. Oil is in the cross hatches and you are good to go.

Here are some other posters with complaints:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

I NEVER heard anyone with a mechanical dipstick complain.

By the way, why no dipstick or e-dipstick for the transmission? With age, the trans lines can weep.

Certain things BMW just needs to let be. They should concentrate on other items, like fixing their HPFP issue.
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The problem with the e-dipstick is not right after an oil change. It is when months have passed and it tells you that your oil is low then you add a quart and it still tells you that your oil is low then at a later time you recheck it and it shows max. It makes me feel uneasy. With a dipstick it is a no-brainer. Oil is in the cross hatches and you are good to go.

Here are some other posters with complaints:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

I NEVER heard anyone with a mechanical dipstick complain.

By the way, why no dipstick or e-dipstick for the transmission? With age, the trans lines can weep.

Certain things BMW just needs to let be. They should concentrate on other items, like fixing their HPFP issue.
I commented almost the same thing in each of those posts.

I agree with you about the transmission and fixing the HPFP.

Gotta get back to my thermostat replacement...
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The problem with the e-dipstick is not right after an oil change. It is when months have passed and it tells you that your oil is low then you add a quart and it still tells you that your oil is low then at a later time you recheck it and it shows max. It makes me feel uneasy. With a dipstick it is a no-brainer. Oil is in the cross hatches and you are good to go.

Here are some other posters with complaints:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...light=dipstick

I NEVER heard anyone with a mechanical dipstick complain.

By the way, why no dipstick or e-dipstick for the transmission? With age, the trans lines can weep.

Certain things BMW just needs to let be. They should concentrate on other items, like fixing their HPFP issue.
I FEEL BMW doesnt want to see what your looks like. U think they would want to add dipsticks because im thinking dipsticks are cheaper than the retarded e-dipstick!!
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Bring back a dipstick BMW!

Does anyone here find it crazy to have to actually drive your car for 5-10minutes before knowing if you oil levels is correct?
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Bring back a dipstick BMW!

Does anyone here find it crazy to have to actually drive your car for 5-10minutes before knowing if you oil levels is correct?
Not really, as every dipstick equipped vehicle I have owned has recommended checking the oil level when hot - not cold. The sensor software insures that.

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Not really, as every dipstick equipped vehicle I have owned has recommended checking the oil level when hot - not cold. The sensor software insures that.

Tom
Right Back to my point. Thank you Sir.
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I did my engine oil & filter change today. 6 quarts Mobil 1 synthetic 5w30 in my 2006 325i and it says it is fine. Also did rear differential oil change.. easy both.
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as i have stated before.......i do my own oil change....

always with 7 quarts of oil and OEM filter......and my reading is always 3/4 full

i have never seen it full or half-way......
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