help needed lads,
started up this morning and red oil warning light came on?the one in the panel with warnings for doors etc ,also the main ignition oil light stays on a lot longer than before.have checked oil levels and ok,no leaks engine clean etc. could it be a dodgy sensor or summit
is it safe to drive,was going to chatham tomorrow but dont think so now
cheers jimbo frown
If it,s the one with the dipstick pic,it,s a low oil level warning light.As long as there,s oil on the dipstick you,ve nothing to worry about,a common problem i,m told.
My 8 valve has had this light on for about a year,a specialist told me it,s the sensor that,s at fault
Hope this puts your mind at rest
yes its the one on the check panel with the dipstick.i went to a alfa garage in hitchin herts on sat (only just opened)no help at all,no one qualified to give an opinion.i'll just have to tape over the red light so i dont see it?
cheers jimbo wink
When I had the warning light for oil on the panel it stayed on all the time and the the one on the the ignition stayed on for about 10 seconds then went out.
It turned out to be failed sender unit on the dipstick and was not expensive to fix.
Just remember to check your oil level frequently.
Hope this is of help
Mine's the same. Oil level light always on on the check-panel, and the other light on the instrument panel is always the last to go out after about 10 seconds. An alfa mechanic told me it is just the sensor and nothing to worry about. I think he said a new part would be about £40 so I haven't bothered changing it yet
Yup, same here - every now and agian it stays on for about 10 secs & then its not seen again for ages ('97 2L 16V WideArse).
Let us know how you got on - if mine gets worse i'll look at the same part.
well at least i know i'm in good company then?
what about some cheaper ideas for covering up the dam thing,(if you dont see it ,it wont hurt you)1. furry dice,2.girlfriends handbag etc.
cheers jimbo wink wink
My basic Silverstone doesn't have all these warning lights, just the very basic alternator and oil pressure lights.
I'm assuming these bulbs must be VERY heavy, so they've removed the check panel to lighten the Silverstone model.
Mine was no way near £40 to fix, I think it was a few quid for the sensor and was done as part of a routine service. Best way is to ask your usual garage to confirm the problem and get them to quote.
the two oil warning lights indicate the following: the one in the instrument panel gives an 'early warning', to tell you the oil level is dropping a bit. It always goes out after 10 seconds or so. The one in the check panel tells you the oil is getting dangerously low, and stays on until you top up the oil.
But: the sender(s?) give the corrct level only when the car is dead flat. Park the car with the lefthand wheels on the curb and the lights come on. The same for parking on an incline. If you park with the righthand wheels on the curb, the lights stay off even if the oil is low.
In short: check yer dipstick, and see if she needs more lubrication!
Well, it's just my 2 cents worth. My 16V uses a lot of oil, and I always find that the light comes on first when I've parked the car with the righthand wheels in the gutter so it's leaning to the right. If I then park on a flat parking space, the light doesn't come on.