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Yellow oil symbol kept turning on

I just bought a used 2000 323i BMW and the yellow oil symbol kept turning on and off, the yellow warning"service engine soon" has been on ever since I bought it.

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Do the following steps:
Move start switch to position "2".
Within the first 4 seconds after moving the start switch to position 2, press the reset button for the trip counter twice within one second. The display for the service request is activated for about 10 seconds.
Within these 10 seconds, move the start switch into position "0". The service request continues to be displayed.
Press the reset button for trip counter and keep it pressed.
Move the start switch into position "2".
Continue to hold the reset button for the trip counter pressed until the signal sounds and the new start distance appears in the display (it takes about 10 seconds). thanks Lee

Posted on Dec 24, 2009

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Hi HB,

The 'Oil' symbol illuminated when the oil pressure gets low. This is usually because of a low oil condition in the motor.

There is a dipstick used to measure the oil level on the motor. Since the warning light is intermittent, chances are it just needs a quart.

Best regards
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This could be due to low oil. you need to check your oil level. if it is full i would do an oil change with a bmw filter. there is a difference in filters. the service engine soon light will have to be diagnosed. meaning pull codes to point you in the right direction. great car though. happy holidays

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