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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-24-2011, 05:19 PM
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525i show check ingine oil level

I have BMW 525i, recently car show check engine oil level but When I add a bottle of 5w-30 ,dipstick not show level increase,I add more it is still no show level increase. I drive 20 miles and check engine oil level warnying show up. I don't know where oil go to, there is no oil on the ground. Could someone tell me what problem is? Thanks,
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:43 PM
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Maybe it's so low that you still haven't put enough in yet. The "low" mark on the dip stick means add 1 quart, the low oil warning (I believe) means to add two.


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I have BMW 525i, recently car show check engine oil level but When I add a bottle of 5w-30 ,dipstick not show level increase,I add more it is still no show level increase. I drive 20 miles and check engine oil level warnying show up. I don't know where oil go to, there is no oil on the ground. Could someone tell me what problem is? Thanks,
The dipstick can be tough to read on these cars, time to drain out all the oil and figure out how much is in there. The sensor may be busted and now you have overfilled it way too much, or its so low its not showing on the dipstick. Either way you need to stop driving it until you can have a mechanic look at it. Driving 20 miles with an overfilled/underfilled engine is enough to cause serious damage.
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What color was your Low Oil Warning (yellow or Red) Yellow is a check at your next stop it isnt critical yet and RED means stop and shut off the car and check the Oil know. If you got the red light without seeing the yellow first then you have a probem. Just change the oil and add the 6.9 qts it takes to fill and check the oil on dipstick.
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