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      02-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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engine oil refill ?

I got low engine oil light, but i wont be able to change oil for about 5 more days...
can i just add in a litre/quart of engine oil first for a weekish? anyone knowwww? i think i can, just seeing what you guys think ?

i drive everyday... need to go to work! but dont wanna drive with no oil..
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      02-12-2014, 09:26 PM   #2
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You are supposed to add a full quart (liter) within 125 miles (77 clicks).
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add as much as you need to get it into operating range.. don't wait until oil change if you drive everyday or your gonna damage the motor. DOnt overfill either!!!
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      02-12-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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cheers, yeh it says i have 6000kms to go. but light came on and went away. i think it was a warning?
shall add some today
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Should be fine to just add a bit. Same thing happened to me - said I was down a quart, and had an oil change coming up about 10 days later. Put some oil in (not BMW oil) and was fine.

The poster who said don't overfill was right. Indicator said I was down a quart, and I'd seen on here someone said to add about a third of quart at a time - that was all it took me. Moved it back to the middle with a third of a quart.
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so i dont need to top up with the same oil? (atm i have bmw 5w-30)
could i just add 1 quart of castrol 5w-30 from shops?


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Should be fine to just add a bit. Same thing happened to me - said I was down a quart, and had an oil change coming up about 10 days later. Put some oil in (not BMW oil) and was fine.

The poster who said don't overfill was right. Indicator said I was down a quart, and I'd seen on here someone said to add about a third of quart at a time - that was all it took me. Moved it back to the middle with a third of a quart.
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      02-13-2014, 01:57 AM   #7
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before it said too low,
now it seems its fine? am i meant to top up 1litre...
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Should be OK according to the digital dipstick. You can add half a quart/liter of oil if you want to be safe.
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so i dont need to top up with the same oil? (atm i have bmw 5w-30)
could i just add 1 quart of castrol 5w-30 from shops?
I would top up with the same oil if you have it. I wasn't able to, since mine happened on a late night drive home from work, and the local gas station didn't have the BMW LL-01 stuff - just synthetic 5W-30.

I was, however, scheduled for an oil change a few days later, so I didn't think it would harm it too much.

I'd buy the proper replacement stuff if you have access to it, for sure. But in a pinch, synthetic 5W-30 should be OK temporarily.
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