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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Mar-23-2009, 07:24:06 PM   #1
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Default Oil Temp Gauge stopped working!

I searched to no avail. Sorry if its been covered already.

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Oil temp gauge is all the way down as if the car was just turned on. This first happened when I was on the freeway, I looked down, temp gauge was all the way to the cold side, I got scared, started pulling over when the needle went back up to normal operating temp. I kept driving cautiously.

It did that intermittently for 2 days, until it just stopped working. Water temp gauge is fine, all other gauges work perfectly, but the oil temp gauge stays all the way down, even after 20 minutes of driving. Car has responded fine, acts normal.

Is this the gauge or the sensor? If anyone has gone through this and has some insight, I'd greatly appreciate.

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bizzump. someone help!
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Probably the Oil Levelling Sensor...I had the same issue. My oil temp gauge first started randomly not working...then it pretty much stopped all together.

I replaced the Oil Levelling Sensor which is at the bottom of the oil pan - Number 12 in the attached picture. It's been working ever since.

12 OIL LEVELLING SENSOR 1 12617508003

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I have the same problem...
I noticed a week ago that my oil temperature gauge wasn't working. It hasn't been working ever since.
Now when I start up the car, the yellow oil light illuminates for about ten seconds.
Will do the oil sensor replacement and see if it fixes the problem.
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Probably the Oil Levelling Sensor...I had the same issue. My oil temp gauge first started randomly not working...then it pretty much stopped all together.

I replaced the Oil Levelling Sensor which is at the bottom of the oil pan - Number 12 in the attached picture. It's been working ever since.

12 OIL LEVELLING SENSOR 1 12617508003
Did this fix the problem? How much is the part at the stealership? Estimated time to repair?

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Did this fix the problem? How much is the part at the stealership? Estimated time to repair?

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Yes...it did fix the problem. My Oil Temp gauge has still been working. I can't remember how much the part cost. RealOEM.com has the part at $163.50. My guess is that my cost with a BMWCCA discount was $120-130.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...11&fg=10&hl=43

As for the time it takes...the oil needs to be drained, and the aluminum thrust plate needs to be removed to access the bottom of the pan. Once you get get to the bottom of the oil pan, replacing the part takes a few minutes. You should be able to do it in less than an hour.
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Thank you for the info..
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Probably the Oil Levelling Sensor...I had the same issue. My oil temp gauge first started randomly not working...then it pretty much stopped all together.

I replaced the Oil Levelling Sensor which is at the bottom of the oil pan - Number 12 in the attached picture. It's been working ever since.

12 OIL LEVELLING SENSOR 1 12617508003

I had the same problems and replaced the oil levelling sensor 2 weeks ago....problem solved for me as well.
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Just ordered my sensor at rmeuropean.........was just over $100. Best price I found
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