Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)

E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-02-2013, 12:50 PM
Chaunceton Chaunceton is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Utah
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 117
Mein Auto: 1989 325i
Check Engine Oil Light

The check light by the instrument cluster blinks, so I check the lights above the rear view mirror, and the engine oil light is illuminated. I changed the oil about a month ago with full synthetic 5w-30. It drips a bit of oil, but when I check the oil, the oil level is right between the marks, right where it should be. How do I get that light off and/or solve whatever oil issue I might be having?
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 01-02-2013, 02:02 PM
_Ethrty-Andy_'s Avatar
_Ethrty-Andy_ _Ethrty-Andy_ is offline
E34 Converted E30 Fanatic
Location: Humble New Zealand
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 6,140
Send a message via MSN to _Ethrty-Andy_
Mein Auto: E34 Touring AC Schnitzer
your car is 20-25 years old, the sensor will be broken. you can short out the level wires which from memory is on the sump (been a while since ive worked on an M20) or if you want to fix it properly and maintain the warning system, you need to buy another float sensor. it is very unlikely anything is wrong with your car other than this.
__________________

E30 above Sold

E34 V12 Project Thread Here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=502437&page=4
Last updated 2nd January 2014
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-02-2013, 02:47 PM
Chaunceton Chaunceton is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Utah
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 117
Mein Auto: 1989 325i
Quote:
Originally Posted by _Ethrty-Andy_ View Post
your car is 20-25 years old, the sensor will be broken. you can short out the level wires which from memory is on the sump (been a while since ive worked on an M20) or if you want to fix it properly and maintain the warning system, you need to buy another float sensor. it is very unlikely anything is wrong with your car other than this.
Thanks! I'll check out the sensor.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-02-2013, 02:48 PM
hornhospital's Avatar
hornhospital hornhospital is offline
D'oh, You kids!
Location: In the Grumpy Chair
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 14,625
Mein Auto: 1995 318is / 1993 325is
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...88-91%29%20%20

$151.50 from Pelican. Personally, I'd short the sensor wires like Andy suggested. I keep a close eye on the oil level.
__________________
Quotes to live by:
guessing gets expensive...drivinfaster
nothing is more expensive than a cheap BMW...c4harpe13
buying a ratty example (of a BMW) is a parasitic relationship.(and you ain't the mosquito) 7pilot

Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, E36 Forum Mod/Craigslist addict/Hoarder of all sorts of stuff
BMW-CCA #441426
1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira" 1985 635CSi "Katja" 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"
HAVE I HAD MY MEDS YET?

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-02-2013, 05:07 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is offline
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,245
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
i ran into that problem a couple times from just running a lower weight oil (whenever i didnt change it myself, the oil shops put 5w-30 when i asked for 15w40 stupid twits).
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-02-2013, 08:31 PM
Chaunceton Chaunceton is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Utah
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 117
Mein Auto: 1989 325i
Well, adding more oil seemed to do the trick, although I'm not sure why. The dip stick was indicating that oil levels were right on target.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-02-2013, 08:49 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is offline
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,245
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
i think that one is a level sensor
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-02-2013, 09:00 PM
hornhospital's Avatar
hornhospital hornhospital is offline
D'oh, You kids!
Location: In the Grumpy Chair
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 14,625
Mein Auto: 1995 318is / 1993 325is
Ha! You're right. My mistake. He needs an oil pressure sensor sender switch, not a level sensor. Completely misread what he was saying.
__________________
Quotes to live by:
guessing gets expensive...drivinfaster
nothing is more expensive than a cheap BMW...c4harpe13
buying a ratty example (of a BMW) is a parasitic relationship.(and you ain't the mosquito) 7pilot

Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, E36 Forum Mod/Craigslist addict/Hoarder of all sorts of stuff
BMW-CCA #441426
1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira" 1985 635CSi "Katja" 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"
HAVE I HAD MY MEDS YET?

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-03-2013, 07:25 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is offline
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,245
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
Quote:
Originally Posted by hornhospital View Post
Ha! You're right. My mistake. He needs an oil pressure sensor sender switch, not a level sensor. Completely misread what he was saying.
you were right the first time. quit second guessing yourself. tends to get you in more trouble.
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-03-2013, 08:37 PM
tim96 tim96 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NZ
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 246
Mein Auto: bmw e30 320i
I don't think the level is meant to be between the two marks (halfway) as with some dipsticks. The level should be close to the top mark which is the full mark (but do not overfill it). I keep mine close to the full line to try and avoid oil starvation.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-03-2013, 09:49 PM
hornhospital's Avatar
hornhospital hornhospital is offline
D'oh, You kids!
Location: In the Grumpy Chair
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 14,625
Mein Auto: 1995 318is / 1993 325is
Quote:
Originally Posted by downhiller View Post
you were right the first time. quit second guessing yourself. tends to get you in more trouble.
Who said I was in trouble?
__________________
Quotes to live by:
guessing gets expensive...drivinfaster
nothing is more expensive than a cheap BMW...c4harpe13
buying a ratty example (of a BMW) is a parasitic relationship.(and you ain't the mosquito) 7pilot

Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, E36 Forum Mod/Craigslist addict/Hoarder of all sorts of stuff
BMW-CCA #441426
1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira" 1985 635CSi "Katja" 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"
HAVE I HAD MY MEDS YET?

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-04-2013, 03:45 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is offline
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,245
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
Quote:
Originally Posted by hornhospital View Post
Who said I was in trouble?
i didnt. i said second guessing does. like never second guess if your speed is correct going into a huge double on the bike or board.
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-09-2013, 03:06 AM
Nick323's Avatar
Nick323 Nick323 is offline
Nick's Toys
Location: Windhoek, Namibia, Africa
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 749
Mein Auto: 323i E30 2-door
2 things:
Please keep oil between the indicated lines ! If the crank swhips around in the oil, because it is over full, you will know it after perusing your bank balance
The oil level switch, is actually 2- Dynamic & static
__________________
Don't take life too seriously; no one gets out alive !
1984 323 currently being resurrected from the ashes
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

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 On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms