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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject:  Reluctant Low Engine Oil message Reply with quote

Last night, I changed oil, replaced oil level sensor, turned car on to write down mileage, expecting message to cease, but it remained!

I'm thinking that the wires that lead to the sensor are somehow damaged, what do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you reset the oil monitor system?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Did you reset the oil monitor system?


I did not, so I ran outside just now and did it....same "low engine oil level" message.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Are you sure you're doing it right? It should make a single beep if it has been reset correctly.

If you think you're all good for that, I suggest disconnecting the battery for a while and seeing if the light comes back on after you reconnect.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just note He's not talking bout the "Change oil soon" message, but the actual "Oil Level Low message" Im pretty sure.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

HeMi wrote:
Just note He's not talking bout the "Change oil soon" message, but the actual "Oil Level Low message" Im pretty sure.


Yeah, I'm talking about the actual "low oil level" message, and not the "change oil" reminder.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Either the Oil Level sensor on the oil pan is bad, or something with the wires.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Either the Oil Level sensor on the oil pan is bad, or something with the wires.


I installed a new oil level sensor last night, so I'm thinking the wires are bad. The wires that travel near the oil filter have oil on them....it's impossible not to spill oil since the filter is mounted at a strange angle.

There must be a short somewhere...so I guess I use a multimeter and check for proper ohms or volts? I'm not so adept at tracing electrical issues.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:38 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

my guess would be there is a loose or broken wire (or something wrong in the connector) if you are still getting the same message. It seems like oil on the sensor would complete a circuit, keeping the light off. When there is an open (cut or loose wire) it would make the computer think there is not enough oil. I am not 100% sure how the sensors work, but since you replaced it already, and knowing how GM seemed to take shortcuts with the wiring, it wouldn't surprise me!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject:  Reluctant Low Engine Oil message - Fixed Reply with quote

Changed oil again (Mobil 1 synthetic lasts a long time) and this time I noticed that one of the pigtail legs coming out of the oil level sensor was hanging on it's own, dohh. Got a new oil level sensor pigtail, re-wired it back in the conduit / loom and no more silly message. I guess its better late than never.
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