yellow oil warning light

15

Asked by Jun 14, 2008 at 07:25 AM about the 2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

when starting my car after about ten seconds the yellow oil warning light comes on, this stays on for about ten seconds and goes out, the oil is not low, this happens every time without fail, so it seems like a programming problem, if any one could help i would be very greatful, its getting on my nerves ha ha, thanks!

19 Answers

42,095

Sounds like this is supposed to be happening. Most of the lights come on when you start the car as a self-test. If you feel it is lingering too long you might want to have the oil pressure sensor checked out by a BMW dealership but it doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.

17 out of 17 people think this is helpful.
215

I have come across the same problem a couple of times and it was the oil level sensor in the sump that was to blame.

15 out of 15 people think this is helpful.
145

If the car still under warranty..bring it back to the dealer and ask for a oil sensor change. It is not uncommon this happen in in all M54 engine, it burns oil according to the dealer's services manager said. Sometimes my yellow oil light came on and i added half quart of Castro Syntec and it would be gone for about another 6000 miles. It is normal.

10 out of 10 people think this is helpful.
295

They usually take 1 quart every month, check the oil level and add more if its low. If you still have the light on after adding more oil, you might have a bad Oil Level Sensor. Here is a DIY to change it, cost $100 and you can save money if you can DIY http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=600818

23 out of 23 people think this is helpful.
200

I own a 2001 330xi and have consistantly added a quart of oil every 500 to 800 miles. no leaks or smokey exhaust. Normal??

20 out of 20 people think this is helpful.
7,095

no, def not normal. go get a bottle of heartland oil stop leak and add that. it will take care of your problem.

6 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
340

This is a well known issue with BMW e46 vehicles, and many others that use the same oil level sender. This usually occurs after you have had your oil serviced when they left the key in the ignition turned to ignition position 1. The sender uses a current through a thin wire to determine if the system requires more oil. The oil in turn cools the sender but when no oil is present at all, the sender wire burns out. When you start your engine the light is off for about 6 seconds then turn on for between 10 and 15 seconds and the goes out. That when you know the sender is bad. The few above that said oil level sender is bad are correct.

34 out of 34 people think this is helpful.
75

THE OIL COULD BE TO THIN OR TO THICK CHECK AMBIENT TEMP AND ADJUST IN SOUTH AFRICA IT IS HOT WE USE CASTROL LLO1

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
155

Hmm, listening to this I definately have a messed up sensor I've been ignoring for 200,000KM on the 323. :-( Another BMW Warranty dodge, and given that it was ONLY BMW serviced before this started, ... guess who did it! Anyhow, neither my 323 or 330 burn a significant amount between oil changes (I usually do about half the recommended interval). The only oil burner I've had was a 1995 318is 4 banger (still only 1 quart every 5,000 KM).[ I ditched it for other reasons.] I figure I do over 15,000 KMs on less than a quart. My old '86 325e that I sold to a buddy, which now has about 500,000 KM on it, still doesn't burn more than a quart between intervals. ? I guess some of you are having bad luck ?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
100

I have a 330ci automatic year 2000 , its covered 118,000 miles and also does the same , yellow light is level not pressure so if your level is ok then its the sensor thats at fault , my 330 doesnt burn any oil , has regular oil changes but the light still comes on every time for about 10 seconds , it runs a dream , i had it checked out and told easy fixed with a new sump level sensor but not urgent as the car is fine. Its very common on this car, dont worry - but if the light stays on then get the sensor changed at around £100 ish. Stu

10 out of 10 people think this is helpful.
30

that happen to me when I didn't put enough oil in the car I added one more quart to the engine and it fixed the problem

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
130

I have this problem, whan I shot down my car ,come yellow oil lamp. Oil level is fine. I think is sensor problem. but whan turn on yellow whay not red if is sensor problem??? bmw e46 325ci 2001

13 out of 13 people think this is helpful.
40

Thanks to TitaniumCranium for post this is exactly what,s happened to my 2003 320ci coupe, burnt virtually no oil for a year then took it for oil service since then yellow oil warning comess on for a few seconds , oil level is perfect and it only happens when engine is warmed up and never happened before oil change !!

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
150

i have the same problem too with my BMW 320i, it appears immediately i start the engine and disappears just in a few seconds. what could be the problem if you don't replace the sensor just in time? ANY DAMAGE TO THE CAR?

15 out of 15 people think this is helpful.
70

SOS!!!!! Hi guys I have a major problem I heard that the yellow oil light is for water and the red one is for oil so ima bit confused but anyhow my bmw 320d E46 2003 models yellow light normally came on when I started the car then change to red in a few secs and then go of but since this morning it doesn't go of even when I drive or turn of the car and lock it what to do?!?!

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
20

Just out of curiosity has anyone of you checked for an oil leak on the underbelly tray? I have a 2005 320i e92 and my oil warning was coming on every time i started the car and every time i turned it off. My mechanic replaced the oil level sensor and it didnt fix the problem. He eventually replaced the PCV ring/valve or whatever its called about 4 months ago and it seems to have fixed the oil leak as well as the light coming on. The other day in horror i saw something was dripping onto the underbelly tray forming a puddle. Today the oil warning light cane on. Im wondering if its related? Im also now doybting that my mechanic changed that PVC thingy and all he did was put some of that stop leak stuff into it. Im furious and frustrated as ive spent hours and hours and wasted kilometres and kilometres at the mechanic with this problem since i bought the stupid car in February this year. I only drive roughly 20 kilometres per day. Im thinking maybe the oil light is telling me there is a slow leak? The amount that has come out would be roughly 1/4 cup full or even less.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
10

My oil light has been orange for about a week. Today the ABS, Handbrake and Brake Sensor lights turned orange. After that my engine cut-off and wouldn't start. After allowing it to cool down for about 30 minutes it started again but after about 2KM it cut-off again. What may be the problem. I suspect the coil pack may be the problem. Please help

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I have had the same problem with the oil level light so I changed the sensor "twice" but still have the problem so I have give up on it now. The oil level is fine and the car runs fine.

I have same yellow oil light problem in BMW e46 320d 2005. So I buy another sensor for oil level and went to mechanic. We do oil changer, sensor change and all filter too. I have same problem, my yellow lamp turn on 10 seconds after engine start and lasts 15 seconds. What you can suggest me to do next?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • yellow oil light 2 answers

    Yellow oil light comes on and then off upon start up....only 81,000 miles....what is going on?

    2003 BMW 3 Series

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • yellow oil lamp 1 answer

    i just loss my power steering on the way home and about 20-30 min later a yellow oil lamp came up. was that caused by the power steering pump?"

    2002 BMW 3 Series 325i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Oil service light 3 answers

    How do I check to see what's wrong. Oil is good but yellow light and occasionally red light are on

    1989 BMW 3 Series 325i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • yellow oil light 2 answers

    i have a problem with my 2001 318i se. 30 seconds after starting a yellow oil light appears and it last between 10-20 seconds and the it disappears. i have my oil castrol 5w40 and three o rings chan...

    2001 BMW 3 Series 318i

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • warning lights 1 answer

    Why is a yellow warning light on?

    2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

3 Series

Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 35,726 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $900.

ZIP:

Search BMW 3 Series Questions

BMW 3 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,430
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 1,500
#3 Matt Mankinen
Matt Mankinen
Reputation 1,160
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series
528 Great Deals out of 14,769 listings starting at $1,375
Used BMW M3
55 Great Deals out of 1,944 listings starting at $4,000
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
573 Great Deals out of 30,890 listings starting at $1,500
Used Audi A4
201 Great Deals out of 10,954 listings starting at $1,333
Used Ford Mustang
309 Great Deals out of 45,395 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Accord
715 Great Deals out of 82,340 listings starting at $1,200
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
477 Great Deals out of 22,737 listings starting at $1,600
Used BMW X5
401 Great Deals out of 15,915 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Camaro
146 Great Deals out of 35,590 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 7 Series
184 Great Deals out of 6,218 listings starting at $3,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW 3 Series For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 8,421 listings starting at $28,900
2016 BMW 3 Series For Sale
201 Great Deals out of 4,138 listings starting at $19,995
2015 BMW 3 Series For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 884 listings starting at $16,995
2014 BMW 3 Series For Sale
211 Great Deals out of 4,229 listings starting at $11,980
2013 BMW 3 Series For Sale
169 Great Deals out of 3,674 listings starting at $11,950