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Old 07-30-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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flickering oil light

I've noticed recently that my oil light flickers (red) when I hit the brakes. It doesn't happen all the time - just occasionally. I had an oil change done recently so I'm not sure what the deal is. Anyone experience this before? Anyone knows what this means?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:46 PM   #2
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Have you checked your oil level?
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Old 07-30-2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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as long as you're oil level is good, you should be ok. It will most likely be a sensor/electrical problem.

Good luck on the problem!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:32 AM   #4
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Oil levels are fine. It probably is a sensor thing but wanted to make sure. Thanks guys!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:19 AM   #5
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Most likely the oil level sensor.... or another electrical problem but hopefully that's not the case. BMW's are prone to have electrical problems.

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Old 08-01-2009, 06:43 AM   #6
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Before changing your sensors I'd try making sure whoever changed your oil used the proper oil filter model and proper oil grade (Castrol Syntec 5W40 or 5W50 is a good guess or Mobil 1 same grades). When I bought my current car the oil light kept blinking every time the car was idling but whenever I was driving the oil pressure would rise and it would stop.

It turned out the oil was very old and therefore the viscosity was really low (very liquid) and the filter was also done! After I changed the oil it stopped.

Just something to think about...
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:27 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the help
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:13 PM   #8
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I have the exact same problem just now... >.<
it flickers when my car is rolling at low speed
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:41 AM   #9
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My e36 started doing that occasionally - noticed it maybe 3-4 times. The 4th time I noticed it, my temp gauge was shotting for the red. Was on the 401... pulled over and tried to figure out what was going on. The oil levels seemed fine, no leaks, coolant was topped up... couldn't figure it out.

It was a hot/humid day and I was basically in gridlock traffic. Turns out the fan wasn't spinning fast enough to cool properly. I literally could stick my finger in and spin it the other way while the car was running.

I'm not saying it's a direct correlation, but ever since I got that fixed (been a few months now) I've never seen the flickering oil light again. Maybe it's heat related, maybe it's not.

Take my experience for what you will...
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