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Old 4th January 2011, 08:55   #1
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Oil Level Indicator

So I went in an 8 hour trip to the UAE 10 days ago and in the way there I wanted to stretch the beastís legs so I did 120-135 MPH for about 10 minutes or so.. Maybe longer.. anyway I noticed that the oil dropped from 0.7l to 0.5l only when I stepped on it. No big deal. Drove the car there and in the way back, I added 0.5l just to not have to add in the way back. Here where it became confusing. I added then waited for the indicator to reflect the amount of oil and nothing happened.. told myself it needs some time.. Tried and tried but nothing changed, still shows 0.5l. So I assumed either it was 0.0l when I added the 0.5l or it was at 0.5l and it should be reading 1.0l.. In both cases the Oil Level Indicator isnít doing its job the way it should. Ignored the whole situation until yesterday where suddenly it showed that the oil is at 1.1. I wanted to make sure itís reading correctly so reset it then showed 1.0l. reset again and shows 0.9 and I am like what the **** is going on! Reset 4 times after that and looks like it settled down on 0.9l.. It took 10 days to read the correct amount of oil in it.. It should be at 0.9 because I added 0.5 on 0.5 which equals 1.0 and with DD it and the 8 hour trip in the way back, 0.9l is logical.

It isnít the 1st time it does this to me. One time I changed the oil and pressed the reset button. Told me itís at .6 so I added around .4l and everything normal and the oil was at 1.0l. 4-5 days later it tells me that itís at 1.5l and I am like why? (with watery eyes) what have I done to you? so I went through the hassle and managed to drain .5 by lifting it up and unscrewing the oil screw and took a beautiful oil shower.. Thank you BMW for that! Anyway thatís why I ignored it when I added the 0.5l 10 days ago and the indicator didnít change.


In conclusion, what is going on? What if it was at 0.0l and I am driving it without noticing?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE DIP STICK? F***k technology I want my dipstick back. I donít want to lose my engine. I donít get it, when BMW made this engine which drinks a lot of oil, they decided to screw up and cancel the dip stick?!!??!!?!?!?! They should added their fancy technology and kept the dipstick as a backup.

Now I geuss I need to get a new Oil Level Indicator worth $200 and see how it goes.. Ŗ NOT HAPPY.

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Old 4th January 2011, 09:00   #2
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Yeah that can happen! It's one of those things you must live with!
My indicator gradually came down to 0.1 until yesterday, I topped her up with about 0.6 liter of oil, did immediate reset, drove all day without checking, came home and it now shows 1.0! So sometimes you gotta follow your gut instincts as long as there's no leak!
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Old 4th January 2011, 09:07   #3
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Ahmed I edited the post.. So I guess I don't need to replace the Sensor? I am afraid that my gut instincts will have me pay a lot of money when I run my engine with less oil or with a lot of oil. you know what, I think I am going to learn some magic just to be able to figure that out along with the hydraulic fluid that you need to lift the car to be able to check!

Couple of abra kadabra moves and you all set!

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That's why the rest of the world refer to us M5 owners as "Magicians" !
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If you read the manual it says that the manual reset of the oil sensor gives an approximate reading which is temporary. In addition the temporary reset generally is unable to detect 0.5 liters or less.

The car needs almost 30 minutes of driving to arrive at a correct reading for the oil. However if you have added 0.5 L or less it might not show the accurate reading until the next cold start.
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I agree with you Hasan but in my case it took 10 DAYS! That's like 10 cold starts which means it failed 10 times!!! And who knows, it might still be giving me wrong reading.. No trust anymore.

The only 2 solutions are either I fabricate a dipstick or as I said earlier, become a Magician!
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Strange!

Shall be interesting to see what you come up with.
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Sorry for the OT bro..but how is the roads in saudi to reach UAE boarder? still bad ?
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Not as bad as they were. Road from Khobar to alhasa has improved a lot.

You, Ahmed and I should arrange for a trip to the UAE and join the guys on one of the open track days at Yas circuit. Hasan and the other guys from bmwclub UAE are having a lot of fun there I tell yeah.. Ha Hasan
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Not as bad as they were. Road from Khobar to alhasa has improved a lot.

You, Ahmed and I should arrange for a trip to the UAE and join the guys on one of the open track days at Yas circuit. Hasan and the other guys from bmwclub UAE are having a lot of fun there I tell yeah.. Ha Hasan
I really want that! Let's do it while the weather is good!
Lets get MPower77 on track first, then worry about Yas

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