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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Did the second oil change on my 2012 2.5i last night. When I started the engine the oil level light came on. Have driven 60 miles and light still on. Dipstick shows oil level is right at full. Anyone have this happen? Looks like a trip to the dealership for me.
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Should just be a simple code check for the dealership. Check your oil level when the engine is cold too just to make sure.
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I had it happen the first time I changed the oil. My wife drove the car to work the next morning and it came on. Was still on when she drove it home. I checked the oil that evening and again in the morning while cold, all was good. I took a lap around my block and it wouldn't go off. So I took it to work the next day to see how it drove, never came on again...

My guess is that after a few start cycles the code cleared itself...
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The lost art of using the search feature:

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Thanks for your comments, particularly that last one. May save me a trip to the dealership, which is ~200 miles.
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The rest of the story - started up the car this morning, roughly 100 miles and 2 days since the oil change. Oil level light is no longer illuminated. Took care of itself (this time).
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My car is doing this & it doesn't even have enough miles on yet for the first oil change. The lights goes off after driving a few miles.
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Check your oil level. The light works by oil pressure, so if you haven't done anything to cause the light to come one (change oil) it could be a problem with the oil system. If your oil level is good I would take it to the dealer ASAP to get it checked out.
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My car is doing this & it doesn't even have enough miles on yet for the first oil change. The lights goes off after driving a few miles.
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Check your oil level. The light works by oil pressure, so if you haven't done anything to cause the light to come one (change oil) it could be a problem with the oil system. If your oil level is good I would take it to the dealer ASAP to get it checked out.
Are you sure the oil level light works by pressure? On my beater car it has a sensor in the bottom of the oil pan for the oil level which does not run on pressure.
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