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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: Gniark ! Oil Level Low message, But Its Not Low Reply with quote

Oil pan gasket was leaking so I dropped the oil pan, installed new gasket and put it back up. Cool, no leaks. But now I have an error that says oil level low when I start the car. After a min. it goes away. The oil level is not low. I replaced the oil level sensor with a new one. Still, shows up at start, stays on and then goes away. So if it stayed on, then I do have low oil level right? Any ideas what is telling the car the oil level is low when its not with a new sensor? ??? CURSE

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have the same problem (low level light coming on despite full oil). Hopefully I remember to check up on this topic!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Its such a simple set up, so I don't get why its doing this. So if no one responds, I'm just going to disconnect the sensor and move on. I"m done fixing the car.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Its such a simple set up, so I don't get why its doing this. So if no one responds, I'm just going to disconnect the sensor and move on. I"m done fixing the car.


Good idea! I hadn't even thought of that. I just assumed that if it received no info, it would throw the light on anyway.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

For about three years I had my brake fluid sensor unplugged because I had the same issue. It wasn't until recently when I've had time and money to actually fix it. Turns out is the master brake cylinder was bad the whole time even though I had no problems braking. Something about a back or slave cylinder in the master not working is what was setting off the error. Boo Hoo

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:38 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you disconnect the battery to reset computer after replacing the oil level sensor? Maybe the new sensor is defective..try returning for a new one?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Hum.. Good idea. I thought that would fix the original sensor when I had to remove my alternator for the coupler removal but it didn't. But I'd be willing to try. But here is an update. Today, it hasn't gone off yet. Yesterday it went off I think two of the five starts I had...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Left the battery disconnected for two weeks. Same issue.


Any one have any ideas on what can cause this?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

spacewalker404 wrote:
Left the battery disconnected for two weeks. Same issue.


Any one have any ideas on what can cause this?


If you had the pan off, and you have replaced the sensor in the oil Pan. You are sure the sensor is in correct and you're sure it is not the sensor. ( you can check the old sensor by lifting and lowering in a cup of oil while checking with an ohmn meter.

Next step to check is the wire.
check the sensor wire for cracks or breaks in the insulation on the wire and/ or connector end that plugs into the sensor.
Also check the wire that it did not get pinched between up between an engine or frame component. check that the wire was not stretched and might have a small break inside.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Wire looks good. Whats getting me is that I will go days without seeing this error.. But when I park randomly at a spot that has a little incline or decline, it will turn on, I'll drive off and then it will go off and not turn on until I park at another decline/incline. I don't get it, wrong gasket? I'll double check the sensor part number but they looked very similar. Obviously they are in the same level in the oil pan. Oil level is still perfect.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you reset the oil monitor through the radio?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Went to the dealer and they pointed out that everything is good except that the oil sensor isn't getting oil. So it and everything else is good and correct. They showed me a expanded view and Windsor tray? <-- not the right name but the tray in front of the sensor is not allowing the sensor to read the correct oil level. So back to the place that dropped my oil pan.. Mad

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Windage tray is what is called. How does that come into effect?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

windage tray is a baffle inside the oil pan, if it became dislodged or broke, the oil will not sit where its supposed to.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Turns out the dealership didn't diagnose correctly. Popped in another sensor and its been working.

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