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    1. 09-10-2019 08:47 AM #1
      Anyone else had this, got a low oil warning about 25 minutes into a drive, stopped, let it cool down then checked the dipstick and its showing as full?

      My guess is the sensor is knackered but its not a nice feeling driving round being told you have no oil everywhere ........

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      09-10-2019 10:24 PM #2
      Add a quart. The dipsticks aren't very reliable as they curve near the bottom, I think. I had this happen to one of the cars a month ago. Added a quart and the message went away.
      Steve
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    4. 09-11-2019 08:37 AM #3
      See, thats what I did when it came up, dipstick now shows it being overfilled

      Im going to drive it for a few days and see if anything changes, if theres oil on the dipstick theres oil in the sump. Out of interest does anyone know where the oil level sensor is on a V10?

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    6. 09-11-2019 10:51 AM #4
      Have you checked the dipstick carefully? Once old, they break, if it's not properly located in the handle it may be reading higher than it should. It's probably worth buying a new one anyway before the tip breaks off (which it will eventually).

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      09-11-2019 03:14 PM #5
      Is your hood latch switch working?
      I had a failing hood latch switch that signaled permanently open status.
      As a result, it didn't reset the low oil signal despite being full.

      Confused the hell out of me until I learned that all VW products will not turn off the low oil light until it "confirms" that someone actually looked at the oil by opening the hood.

      -BD

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      09-11-2019 10:01 PM #6
      My hood latch was fine.
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      09-11-2019 10:02 PM #7
      I put new yellow dipsticks on each car a year or two ago.
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      09-12-2019 02:54 AM #8
      Overfilling the oil is bad. I would suck out the excess oil.

      Then I would check and clear codes with VCDS.

      8486 has had erroneous Low Coolant warnings a few times.

    11. 09-12-2019 08:43 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 53PL-50AAA-VW611BAN View Post
      Overfilling the oil is bad. I would suck out the excess oil.
      +1.

    12. 09-12-2019 09:23 AM #10
      OK, hood latch is fine, dipstick isnt broken. Checked it today before going out for lunch and it was showing very low, added about a litre and now its back above full

      I do wonder whether its not resetting itself properly, will try and get it on VCDS this evening and see if we can reset it and try and get the level right. Thanks for the input

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      09-15-2019 09:45 AM #11
      Is it a V8? I know that the end of my dipstick will start to unscrew. As a result, not only can you potentially end up with a piece of metal in your oil pan, but additionally you will get incorrect oil readings. As the tip unscrews, the dipstick essentially gets longer and reaches farther into the oil. Not sure what engine you have or what the other dipsticks look like though.
      Just a thought.

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    14. Yesterday 09:50 AM #12
      Its a V10, and the dipstick is still in sterling condition.

      Sucked about a litre and a half out yesterday so oil was on the midpoint of dipstick ......... and its still telling me to checkl it, I think the sensor is bust.
      Unfortunately my friendly mechanic with a somewhat unregistered copy of VCDS has lost access when a colleague decided to connect his laptop to the internet, can you D/L VCDS for free somewhere?

    15. Yesterday 10:14 AM #13
      Yes, if you're willing to break the law. The software is free, it's the connector that's licensed.

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