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Oil level display somtimes stays on


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Every once in a while, when I start my MY98, the display for the the oil level remains on. I don't recall it ever showing a low reading, it just stays on. Can't see my clock. If I turn the ignition off and restart, all is normal. Does this happen to anyone else? And more importantly, is this just one of those cute German quirks, or is my car trying to tell me something?

While I'm on the subject of the console display, I have the outside temp display below the digital MPH, but I don't have the OBC option. Does this mean that the previous owner did me the service of having the OBC function turned on, or is outside temp display a standard feature? The many post on the OBC hack seem to indicate that it must have been deliberately turned on by someone with a PS2 . . .

Thanks.

- Pete

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I did the trip computer retrofit on my 1997 about 4-5 years ago. Mine was made in January 1997 and has the sensor. I have seen a local November and December 1996 that did not have the outside air temp sensor. On the December car I retrofitted the sensor.

Look at the sticker for the month and year your car was made. Then look for the sensor in the front bumper cover grill on the passenger side. If you do not have then sensor then when the trip computer is turned on then all you see is ---

On the oil gauge, the only time I remember that is stays on for a while after starting is after getting gas and starting the car.

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I did the trip computer retrofit on my 1997 about 4-5 years ago.  Mine was made in January 1997 and has the sensor.  I have seen a local November and December 1996 that did not have the outside air temp sensor.  On the December car I retrofitted the sensor.

Look at the sticker for the month and year your car was made.  Then look for the sensor in the front bumper cover grill on the passenger side.  If you do not have then sensor then when the trip computer is turned on then all you see is ---

On the oil gauge, the only time I remember that is stays on for a while after starting is after getting gas and starting the car.

Great info, TP. I'll check it out and get back to you all.

Much thanks.

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yup...it is on.  YOu can do to the OBC hack and get the full functionality of the OBC if you so desire.  I did and it is a great resource (especially the fuel remaining)!

I did a an OBC hack search in the DIY section and could not find it ? c an you point me to it ... sounds like a good one!

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Every once in a while, when I start my MY98, the display for the the oil level remains on. I don't recall it ever showing a low reading, it just stays on. Can't see my clock. If I turn the ignition off and restart, all is normal. Does this happen to anyone else? And more importantly, is this just one of those cute German quirks, or is my car trying to tell me something?

Thanks. - Pete

Happens to me to. I vaguely remember that if you refuel with a warm engine, the oil levels are checked again and in this case the display stays on for several minutes. I also remember it staying on once a while during a cold start without any reason (oil levels are fine) - maybe it depends on how quickly you start rolling the car or the system does an automatic 'refuel check' every so often.
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Happens to me to. I vaguely remember that if you refuel with a warm engine, the oil levels are checked again and in this case the display stays on for several minutes. I also remember it staying on once a while during a cold start without any reason (oil levels are fine) - maybe it depends on how quickly you start rolling the car or the system does an automatic 'refuel check' every so often.

Thanks - I feel better knowing I'm not the only one. Safety in numbers, and all that.

- Pete

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Same here. MY97 oil level display stays on after ignition for 5-10 seconds. Another thing that I see is where the countdown to measure the oil goes to 60 seconds..sometimes more... any ideas? i always check the real oil dip stick and it is either on the top or very close to it.

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