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    Quote Originally Posted by Galapolis View Post
    Is that common across our cars? I live by the dipstick especially since I don't have a baffle yet so I always overfill for Autocross but if I can't trust the dip stick then my entire life has been a lie.

    Quote Originally Posted by t.er View Post
    +1 to this. I probably check my oil every other, or every 3 weeks. Not sure how a dipstick can have inconsistent readings though



    Yup, this is what I do with each autox I've been doing. Doesn't quite solve lifter tick, but I feel it definitely helps
    I also had to overfill a lot to avoid the starvation that caused lifter tick. Oil pan gasket had a leak so I went ahead and put a baffle in the pan and had no lifter tick over 10 runs at my last autocross (with no overfill).

    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    The dipstick is pretty accurate. Remember BMW has specific instructions for checking your oil, per your owner's manual.
    The engine needs to be warmed up, the car on a perfectly level surface, and checked a few minutes after shutting the engine off.

    You'll get a different reading when checking it cold versus engine warmed up a few minutes after shutting off.
    There was never any inconsistency in the dipstick readings I was seeing -- it read dead on the money every time. I would check it per the instructions in my perfectly level garage after shutting down. I checked and checked and checked over minutes, hours, etc and it never moved despite the fact that I could visibly see oil leaking from the valve cover and oil pan gaskets. Would never know I was low until that little light came on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    @NYRhockey

    FYI the dipstick on these cars is an absolute sack of shit. I was getting the yellow oil light after shutdown with the dipstick looking fat & sassy like yours, so I'm like bruh that oil level sensor is going no doy.

    Ordered a new one and went to replace it and only drained like 5qts from the pan

    Stupid ass dipstick never even hinted at it being low
    Interesting observation. Think itís first time hearing about the dipstick being a dipshit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenkirsh View Post
    Have you added oil? You can easily over full by 1/2 qrt without issues. In fact, I overfill before every track day.
    Not yet but was trying to figure out why light is coming on. I understand these engines may consume a bit of oil but given its only been a couple thousand miles since the oil change I thought itíd be leak related.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRhockey View Post
    Not yet but was trying to figure out why light is coming on. I understand these engines may consume a bit of oil but given its only been a couple thousand miles since the oil change I thought itíd be leak related.


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    Makes sense. I'd add half a quart (like others said - it's ok to overfill these engines by 1-2qts for autocross) and see if you see a difference on the dipshit and see if the light comes back on.

    If the light keeps coming on, then it's the level switch misbehaving.

    If the light goes away for the next several drives, then it was low on oil. Note that the light wasn't terribly consistent for me either, which also made me think it was the level sensor.

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    I think I want to go with gold center faces with a polished lip, like the Avant here. The lowering will come a bit later. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathTrap View Post
    I think I want to go with gold center faces with a polished lip, like the Avant here. The lowering will come a bit later. Thoughts?
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    The Random E46/ZHP Question Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by NYRhockey View Post
    Not yet but was trying to figure out why light is coming on. I understand these engines may consume a bit of oil but given its only been a couple thousand miles since the oil change I thought itíd be leak related.


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    The light is coming on because it needs oil.

    I donít understand why you wouldnít just add some oil to see if it changes. Itís a $3 test that will give you an immediate answer.


    There are plenty of people on here that add a quart every 1000 miles. Adding a quart after several thousand isnít unusual at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenkirsh View Post
    The light is coming on because it needs oil.

    I don’t understand why you wouldn’t just add some oil to see if it changes. It’s a $3 test that will give you an immediate answer.
    Well, no shit? Who would have imagined that an oil level light being on meant it needed oil.

    How about trying to figure out WHY it's telling me i need to add oil? JFC

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRhockey View Post
    Well, no shit? Who would have imagined that an oil level light being on meant it needed oil.

    How about trying to figure out WHY it's telling me i need to add oil? JFC
    Yeah, I'm pretty sure everyone is telling you to add to oil so we can see if it is indeed a leak or you just didn't put enough last time. They already gave you some reasons why/what it could be and you didn't even act on it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillieidiot View Post
    and you didn't even act on it yet.
    And you know this because.......

    Ah right, you donít.


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