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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
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Old Tue, Mar-30-2010, 05:14:48 PM   #1
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Default Yellow Oil level Light comes on but oil level is fine... sensor?

Just want to verify that the problem is most likely the sensor... and if so, is this an easy install? Most sensors are located at bottom of the oil pan. Stealership quoted me 400+ to change the sensor (also quoted me 200 bucks to change the microfilter lol)...

The oil has been checked via dipstick and the oil level is not low. The oil was changed in May 09 and the car has less than 6000 miles since then... probably closer to 3000-4000.

I'm pretty handy and can do this myself if I've got a DIY in front of me, but I don't want to start replacing things if I'm not certain that the sensor is the problem. Any help or link to the pertinent thread would be great.

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I had the same issue and replaced the sensor and it fixed it. It is EASY to swap out during an oil change.....just 3 bolts to remove. I got the part from Tischer.....can't remember price but it is around $160 or I think.
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yup it's your sensor. i just replaced mine..very easy 15 minute fix. just do it during your next oil change.
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Old Tue, Mar-30-2010, 07:54:56 PM   #4
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I had the same issue and replaced the sensor and it fixed it. It is EASY to swap out during an oil change.....just 3 bolts to remove. I got the part from Tischer.....can't remember price but it is around $160 or I think.
That's 3 bolts to exchange AFTER you remove the 12 or so one-time-use bolts that hold the big aluminum reinforcing plate on the bottom of the car. This is much easier to do on a lift..
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i just did this and still get yellow light. pissing me off. bought oem equivalent from ebay for $70. never again.

i kept adding oil because god damn piece of crap dipstick is impossible to see oil level.

do yourself a favor and buY OEM SENSOR.
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i just did this to my M a couple weeks ago during an oil change.. easiest fix ive done so far..
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can someone post a picture of its location??
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remove that big plate under the car, theres like 8 or 10 16mm bolts, u will see it directly on the bottom of the oil pan.. held in by screws and its got a plug.. drain the oil, unplug it, unscrew it, put the new one up there, screw it in, plug it in, replace big plate, proceed with the rest of your normal oil change. done.. very easy.. makes it easier if you have an impact gun to remove that big plate.. doing it by hand wouldnt be fun
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12 or so one-time-use bolts that hold the big aluminum reinforcing plate on the bottom of the car.
What do you mean by "one-time-use bolts"? Do you mean these bolts aren't reuseable?
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It comes on before the oil is at the "min" line, are you sure it's actually not working? As in, you get the oil level to just below "max" and it still comes on?

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i just did this and still get yellow light. pissing me off. bought oem equivalent from ebay for $70. never again.

i kept adding oil because god damn piece of crap dipstick is impossible to see oil level.

do yourself a favor and buY OEM SENSOR.
lol, what issue could you have with the OEM dipstick? Seems perfectly good to me
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