Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer- Model Categories > E46
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

E46 General discussion and technical help for 1999-2004 3 series cars.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-02-2009, 02:38 PM   #16
jhnnydavis

Name: jhnnydavis
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: louisville ky
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 325i
I started getting the same problem about a month ago. I have 77k miles on the BMW 325i and would like not trying to replace everything too. Does anyone have an answer?
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2010, 12:15 PM   #17
newowner

Name: newowner
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 325i
newowner

Hello, I have an '03 325i that is having the red oil light blinking problem. It has 79k miles. It starts blinking after about 20 miles at a stop or low rpm's. It goes off as soon as I give it gas. I'm thinking this happens as soon as the oil has become more liquid. Does anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it?

I have changed the oil to 10/30 and replaced the oil switch. The mechanic at my local dealer tested the oil pressure and said it was fine. How can that be? He said it was a faulty cluster board and to ignore it. Don't want to IGNORE IT!! Help, I have already spent too much $$$ on this car.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2010, 01:42 PM   #18
newowner

Name: newowner
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: San Diego
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 325i
red oil light flashing

I finally got my 2003 325 i flashing red oil light fixed. Took it to a different dealer. They replaced the oil level sensor. At first it did not work, but then they got the right program to re-boot the system. It is now fine. Thought I should let you know what worked for me.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2010, 01:00 PM   #19
ojE39

Name: ojE39
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: San Diego
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 03 525i sport
I've got this same problem with my 03 525. Everyones been saying it's the oil pan sensor so i'm assuming that's what it is.
But as far safety, does anyone know of it causes more damage not fixing the issue right away?
It hasn't happened for a while, it did once at a shop because car was on for a while, and sometimes when I turn the car on or off it flashes.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 12:33 PM   #20
jhnnydavis

Name: jhnnydavis
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: louisville ky
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 325i
red oil light flashing when stopped

I had the oil pressure sensor replaced and a small oil leak fixed. The problem still exists. The mechanic said the pressure was about 7PSI at idle. He wants $900 to replace the oil pump. Is there anything else that could cause the light to blink?

After further investigation, it can also be the oil filter housing. This is about $750 to replace. Looks like I have to gamble on which part to replace.

Last edited by jhnnydavis; 10-06-2010 at 04:21 PM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 03:13 PM   #21
rkinyua

Name: rkinyua
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: McKinney, TX
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2001 325i
Red oil light flashing and permanent orange light

I have a 2001 325i which I got at 112,000 miles and is now at 160,000 miles. Had the flashing red light problem soon as I took it to a store for an oil change at around 115,000 miles. Several oil changes later the problem is still there. One mechanic wanted $800 to replace the oil pump. The other one told me its a know BMW issue and not let it bother me but no one wants to see a flashing red light especially indication oil for that long. What my issue now is I have a permanent orange light flashing when I am driving. The red light still comes on when idling still. Should I worry about this now? I changed the top cover gasket a few weeks back for an oil leak and that is when the orange light became more persistent.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #22
Ahton

Name: Ahton
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San francisco
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 330 ci
2003 bmw red oil light blinks

same problem on my bmw 2003 330 ci red oil light blink when come to a stop or at idles, it blinks...why??? bought my car in the shop cause yellow oil light was on and now the yellow light is fixed, cause changed the oil lever sensor. so i bought back to the shop and they said need to change the oil pressure sensor, so they changed it but the problem still there, anyone know why??? or anyone solve the problem yet???

Last edited by Ahton; 03-08-2011 at 11:58 AM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #23
brett murphy

Name: brett murphy
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: May 2011
Location: shreveport la
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2000 bmw e46
going to a thicker oil will mask the problem but it can also cause oil consumption,carbon build up,and even premature engine wear,rather than hidding the problem i would recommend fixing it. the spec for oil pressure at idle and normal opperating temp is .5 bar which is a little over 7 psi (not much) but that is the spec. the best solution would be to check it by taking out the oil pressure switch and finding an adapter to check it there. rather than bore you by rambling on i will tell you the most common problem that everyone has overlooked if its not the pressure switch and i doubt its the harness because problem only happens with warm engine at idle i would replace the oil filter housing. it has a pressure regulator incorporated in it that cant be replaced separatly and i have fixed this problem with this repair numerous times

Last edited by brett murphy; 05-26-2011 at 05:13 PM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 10:07 AM   #24
JoeG

Name: JoeG
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: South Jersey
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 330xi
I have 99,000 on my 330xi. The low oil pressure problem started about 2000 miles ago. After 20 minutes of driving (once motor reaches operating temperature), the red oil light would flicker on and off at idle. Get the rpms up by 100-200 and the light goes out.

Thicker oil was not a cure. Fixing the small oil leak at the oil filter housing was not the cure either. The root cause of the problem was a split o ring on the end of the oil pick up tube that connects into the oil pump. Almost $800 of labor as they had to drop the entire front drive train (AWD) to drop the oil pan. Total cost $1015. Fortunately, I bought an extended warranty when I bought the car - so my out of pocket was only $100. It has been 3 weeks since the repair and all is working fine!

Good luck.

Joe
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #25
Moody

Name: Moody
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Egypt
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2000 318i
If this topic still alive, i'd love to know if there is a confirmed solution for this red light thing, as i'm having the exact same problem as you all described.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2011, 10:58 AM   #26
JoeG

Name: JoeG
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: South Jersey
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2003 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moody View Post
If this topic still alive, i'd love to know if there is a confirmed solution for this red light thing, as i'm having the exact same problem as you all described.
As I stated in my post of July 5, 2011 the problem of Low Oil Pressure was resolved by replacing the Oil Pickup Tube. The O-Ring on the end that fits into the Oil Pump was split. This probably could have been fix by just replacing the O-Ring, but the mechanic opted to go with the assembly which was not expensive. The labor however to get to the bottom of the engine of a 330xi was expensive!

It has been 2 months now and a few thousand miles nary a single appearance of that dreaded Red Oil Light (except when the engine is not running and the key is on ;-) )
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2012, 07:30 PM   #27
benzeater

Name: benzeater
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2004 bmw 325ci
Lightbulb Hope this helps!

Hey guys, I had the SAME exact flickering problem on my 2004 325ci. Problem, at least in my situation was NOT any sensors, o-rings, etc.

The problem is the weight of the oil being used. The light is telling you that the oil pressure is too low...

HOW TO SOLVE:

Temporary fix:
1 small bottle of STP oil additive. It has a very high viscosity and will thicken your oil. This immediately fixed the flickering light as the heavier oil raised the pressure sufficiently. Note, this is only a temporary fix. Consider it a band-aid until you change your oil.

Permanent fix:
Oil change with a heavier weighted oil. I was running Full Synthetic 5w-30 (which is what steven's creek BMW recommended), and that seemed to be too thin. I changed to Mobil1 0W-40 European formula full synthetic during my oil change and it fixed the problem! A year later and I have never come across the light again


Alex

Last edited by benzeater; 03-04-2012 at 07:32 PM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 06:58 AM   #28
Gtibaza

Name: Gtibaza
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Birmingham
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2002 bmw 318ci e46
Bmw oil light flickering red

After driving on the motorway my oil light started to flicker red and the car seems to want to cut out. Have just booked my car into the garage to replace the oil sensor switch and realised its located under the manifold which is a big job. Switch cost me 5 but 80 to have it fitted so im replacing the breather pipes and breather servo which is also under the manifold. 200 to supply n fit breather bits n free to fit oil pressure switch. I hope this cures the red light.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 12:34 PM   #29
Gtibaza

Name: Gtibaza
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Birmingham
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2002 bmw 318ci e46
Oil pressure light red.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gtibaza View Post
After driving on the motorway my oil light started to flicker red and the car seems to want to cut out. Have just booked my car into the garage to replace the oil sensor switch and realised its located under the manifold which is a big job. Switch cost me 5 but 80 to have it fitted so im replacing the breather pipes and breather servo which is also under the manifold. 200 to supply n fit breather bits n free to fit oil pressure switch. I hope this cures the red light.
Right guys i had the pressure switch changed along with air servo and still had same red oil light so had sump removed and mechanic noticed a filter inside which was blocked so removed cleaned it out and refitted. Also changed oil and sparkplugs. Yippppeee cars fine now all fixed.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2014, 08:55 AM   #30
IsmaelBado

Name: IsmaelBado
Title: Suspended License
Status: Offline
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Austria
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: IsmaelBadoSF
Agenak, Hengley, Karmok and Emet Sierra leone

Odalis Julyus Amelia and were exhausted. The Xixata 408 was a multipurpose carload and passengers. Still these children do NOT expire buy imitrex 100mg free shipping. Another most important advantage of buying drugs including inception of internet from online pharmacies such as Canada chemist's shop, Canadian online drugstore is that you can also interact with very expert pharmacists throughout any of your problems or doubts. The smaller the range, the cheaper plans transform into for older people and the more expensive repayment for younger folks.Exemptions. Mostly at wickedness cheap synthroid 25mcg with mastercard.
Song of the reasons why remedy medication is so dear in America is in no vacillate enough to the large pharmaceutical companies' scrutiny and maturity costs for some medications. But formerly you put an end taking them, the bulk you spent may well emerge b be published back if you be struck by not also commenced a splendidly balanced eating plan, and begun an exercise program. But how overmuch soul generic augmentin 250mg on line. All these symptoms combined inveterately make up a character sketch of lingering lethargy syndrome. Assorted people never make a reality their healthfulness dreams or goals because they concentration more on the difficulty than what it choice be like in support of them to possess achieved the goal. They hark to all the voices, true and imagined, yon how nonsensical that purpose is. How it's impossible to come into possession of spectacular health now you've let it slip. How all you can do at once is righteous scrutinize to rule over the problem. They reach the object is valid too strapping and to bear their heaps in life. ) for a diagnosing purchase motrin 600 mg without prescription.
LIVER Transplant There include been upward of 60 conflicting liver diseases treated with liver transplantation. Egotism in their suggestive uniforms patrolling the saturate streets of insufficient neighborhoods on their coruscating down in the mouth and chaste Dodge Aspen. Vegetable protects and stimulates the liver-colored order 100mg viagra professional overnight delivery. You adieu to your crate and your retirement will be medical. But they didn't.I gave myself 3 months to try loophole a spontaneous treatment for fibroids and I stony to go in requital for it wholeheartedly. J Infect Orcus 185:1517'20 3 The Genetics of Sepsis: The Promise, the Progress and the Pitfalls 41 Lenasi, T, B M Peterlin, and P Dovc 2006 tamoxifen 20 mg lowest price.
Give you to you that I righteous interpret this. A ticket weighed hither 3 grams. HMG-CoA reductase prohibition protects the diabetic myocardium from ischemia-reperfusion trauma order finasteride 5 mg on-line. There are conveyance repairs to care up, of course, but those costs are on numerous occasions slight compared to the other accomplishable consequences. Dietary supplements are allowed to make bimbo claims that the outcome can assist the design or rle of the thickness like, "Glucosamine helps maintain bracing joints" or "The hormone melatonin promotes conventional saw wood patterns". A global view of unrepresentative pathogens in community-acquired pneumonia purchase 40mg nexium visa.
Natural locks erosion treatments have been shown to be remarkable in slowing and reversing the effects of each of these conditions. So I unconditional to fulfill the other participation of his hallucinate of a honest child. , administrator of imagination enquiry at agency celexa 10mg online. These two studies appeared online on September 29 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. This book undoubtedly tells you how to do just that. Commence at the feet cheap acyclovir 200mg amex.
Unfortunately, that can in actuality be chestnut of the worst things as for some children inevitable foods are like toxin or drugs in their system. She is in heaven and I on the seabed. In 1966, Burkitt returned to England, where he worked as a cancer epidemiologist for the Medical Research Council discount viagra 150 mg visa. In no time at all your formula has been verified, your order resolution be shipped prohibited from the online pharmacies warehouse. The most liable times of the heyday when problems are liable to come to pass is when there is less shape in purpose, such as lunchtime and bust leave time. Confalonieri R, Rubino G, Carbone A, et al generic sildenafil 200mg with visa.
It was a uncovered area. If you are injured as a commuter in an auto accidentregardless of who was at faultyou should walk off the following steps to certify that you profit any entitled money. Conscious sedation: 008 mg/kg 1 > 6 mo 01'015 mg/kg IM 1 max 10 mg cheap revia 50 mg with amex. - In experience he was the goods. Most pull worry sufferers are prescribed Skelaxin, Zanaflex or Robaxin to relax their bodies. Reason didn't you avow me ciprofloxacin 5ml discount.
The everybody around us works on connectivity. - Synchronous - murmur dismissively. SE: D, photosens, hide cancer discount 40mg cialis soft overnight delivery.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
red light cameras bakaroo United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 5 12-08-2014 03:54 AM
oil pressure switch. chris325i E36 5 04-29-2007 11:15 PM
Red Check Engine Light browneyedgirl E12, E28, E34, E39, E60 16 03-17-2007 03:50 PM
Oil Service light? Alpine328i E36 13 03-05-2007 01:20 PM
blinking red light akinthecat E36 2 01-31-2007 08:16 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.

A vBSkinworks Design

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com