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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
You should use the same brand and weight oil, i have never heard of helix in america, so you might want to call the dealer and find out what they used on your car to make sure you buy the right thing.
If the dealer is open you could buy the oil from them and just put in a quart (or L) yourself that will hold you over until you change your oil sometime next week. They should have some kind of sales rep there that you can call and ask what kind of oil they normally use on e36 328's, then go to an autoparts store and pick up that brand and weight of oil.
Next time your at the dealer you could ask one of the mechanics to show you how to read the oil level in the car, im sure they would be glad to help you out if your having trouble.
Not necessarily, if you're just adding a little more. But if you wanna be exact, it looks like they used Shell Ultra AB, 5W-30.
Hmm whered you see that?
Yea its not completely necessary to add the same brand, but i would put in the same weight myself, its not completely necessary, but i would change my oil the next chance i had if i was mixing weights/brands.
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umm drive around for like 10 mins so all the oil will circulate, and it should definetely go off. Zeag do you also do things like change your own air filter, etc? Could be saving yourself some money if you do.
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Originally Posted by BMWLotAttendant
Actually, our dealership uses synthetic oil....so every 15,000 miles.
And, I think all you have to do to make the light dissapear....is put the key into position 1 for 4-5 minutes...and it goes off.
Thanks for showing the invoice. Each dealerships are different.
What did your dipstick say?
BMW Lot Attendant,
You’re welcome. I just scanned it to make sure what type of oil I’m using.
Well sadly no, I can’t do any of that stuff
Back to the topic,
Well today I did it. I’m not to sure about it so I drive 4 minutes to the workshop for double check. The mechanic uses the soft cloth to check it and he says the oil level is full and very clean. So there’s no need to add it up.
Then I showed him the indicator at the dashboard. He says it could be the oil sensor/switch. He drove the car up to the lift/ramp and lifts it up. He couldn’t find the sensor, so he lifts the ramp down again and found it straight away. It’s a faulty sensor and recommends me to change it at the dealer since they don’t have it. It’s not urgent to change it though. It’s just the sensor he says.