Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: I would rather not say
166 oil light weirdness
I'm getting rather confused by the oil light warning on the 166. This is the oil stick symbol - not an "I'm screwed" oil pressure or stop light - which comes on when you start the car or when you press "check". Normally, this comes on for a few moments and then goes out, However, as per the manual, if it stays on for 15 secs or so, then check the oil. What is happening to me recently is that this symbol is staying on for the 15 sec or so - yet the dipstick shows max! The car does not appear to have used a drop since I got the oil changed to Selenia 10W60 a few months ago. I check the oil when the car is cool/cold and an fairly level ground. Does anybody know how this warning light is triggered? Should it be expected it give an accurate reading (regardless of whether the car is on a slope or not) when pressing "check" at the MAR position, i.e. before starting the car? Most recently, when I checked the oil, I no longer got the warning! What on earth? using the dipstick warning light as, well, a warning, I managed to overfill the car slightly (for a day) when I added oil when the car was hot.
...and on the subject of warning lights, that bulb check is beginning to annoy. I recently changed heads and dips - all fine. I noticed a rear fog was blown (which used to trigger the bulb warning if I turned the rear fogs on and tested) so I ordered a bunch of bulbs (in fact four cars but new bulbs) from powerbulbs. These were all the Philips 50+ brake lights, sides etc. etc. so every external bulb (bar indicators and the weird halogen tail bulbs that I couldn't get) are new. It's amazing the number of blackened bulbs that I ended up at the end of it! Sidelights are certainly whiter with the Philips Bluevision W6W (or whatever they are called). BUT now the bulb warning is triggering when I put on the sidelights. All bulbs are lit. The warning goes out after about 30 sec but will trigger again if the lights are put back on later. This kind of rules out a dodgy connection/flickering bulb (they aren't flickering). Mind you, one of the front sidelight holds is wonderfully botched where somebody jammed in a "standard" bulb - the dip on that side also has the connector broken in two. However, this didn't cause a problem before!