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Driving into work this morning I get a message that my oil level is low, WTFO. This has now happened twice, once during my last oil change cycle and now just before my next. I have 44k on the OD and I'm due for an oil change at 45k. I know I don't have an oil leak and I don't have puddles under the car in the garage or at work in my parking stall. It could be that the oil wasn't filled to the proper level or does the R naturally consume oil due to the fact that it is turbocharged <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> enough to throw the indicator to fill. Luckily I had some oil in the trunk as advised just in case it happens again, I just didn't think it would be happening between every oil change as it seems.
 

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Turbocharged cars typically go through a little more oil than NA, but don't forget that our level/quality sensor is extremely sensitive, too. I've gotten that message before and I was still within the limits on the dipstick.
 

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Pondering if the WG tweak could significantly increase the consumption of oil?
 

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Higher boost/revs = higher consumption
 

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something may be contaminating your oil, better play it safe and get it analyzed<p><A HREF="http://www.blackstone-labs.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.blackstone-labs.com</A>/<br>
 

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Re: (FEO)

i've had this happen a few times, usually as I approach the oil change interval. <p>As said, the sensor is VERY sensitive. Read "VERY" and multiply that a few times. If mine drops below the 1/3 normal range, it goes off. I add about 1/4 of a quart or so and it goes away. Try to keep it at the halfway level in the normal range.
 

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My experience:<p>The level sensor is sensitive. It will chime in at anything under 1/2 way full. <p>The quality sensor is also fairly sensitive. Not sure if point 1 has to do with point two, hard to tell if adding the 1/2 quart it shows is needed makes the sensor happy with the level or increases the quality. <p>
 

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Re: (Needsdecaf)

I get this msg every single time. I do my oil changes every 5k miles and get the msg about 3k-3.5k miles like clockwork. Just throw a quart in until your next oil change.
 

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Re: Oil Level Low Indicator (MightyQ)

Have you checked your crankcase pressure? Your PCV system might be clogged up, which will result in higher consumption.
 

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According to VADIS, the oil quality sensor does not have any bearing on the level indicators, apparently it monitors quality but does not report quality since the service message light is mileage based. <p>Also, there are two oil level warnings: low oil and the serious message which (paraphrased) is: STOP THE CAR NOW IDOIT, NO MORE OIL!
 

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Re: (adykes)

I always get the low oil one. I've checked it several times, and every time the oil level is still within the min/max on the dipstick, just towards the low end. Adding a quart puts the level at the max level on the dipstick and clears the msg. Check your oil level and go from there. These sensors are a bit anal.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>S60R1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> These sensors are a bit anal.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>....which is a good thing (IMO) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: (rushin_max)

Dunno about "consumption" of oil being normal. I'm well over 3500 miles since my last change (I usually go 4-5K) and my oil level is still bang on the MAX line.
 

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Re: Oil Level Low Indicator (MightyQ)

the low oil level caution light = time to <U>change your oil</U>.<p> use the oil recommended in your owner's manual<p>Castrol full synthetic<p><br>change your oil at 5K intervals -- it's easier to remember.<p>5.8 qts.<p><IMG SRC="http://images47.fotki.com/v1455/photos/1/1389676/6916691/Roilsensor-vi.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Mine's been doing this for a while. The dealer couldn't come up with anything, so I'm just going to assume it's because it's a turbocharged car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I occasionally got "low oil" caution light when I was using Mobil 1.<p>switched to Castrol Synthetic and haven't seen it last 4 oil changes.<p>the oil quality sensor is quite sensitive to dirt and oil that is out of viscosity spec.<p>when you see the light -- time to change your oil
 

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i had this problem as well with my 06 S60R. the low oil light came on 3750 miles after the 30K mile service with Mobil 1 5w30, so i called the dealer and they suggested i get an oil change immediately. so $100 later i had another crankcase of clean Mobil 1 (10w30 this time). 1161 miles later the low oil light came on again, so i went into the dealer again. they topped it off and said they would get back to me once they had called Volvo corporate's tech line for advice. 10 days later the service manager calls me and says - i'm not making this up - "you're getting a new engine." WTF???? who installs a new engine after one oil change? is there a history with this car that i don't know about? i bought it CPO a year ago. i wonder if the service department goofed something up at the 30K mile service and no one wants to admit it. <p>any thoughts?<p>06 S60R / Titanium Gray / 18" Factory Chrome Pegs / Gobi / Bluetooth / Too scared to mod...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vickisue97b</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"you're getting a new engine." </TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> At least your getting some support from your dealership. I have had the low oil indicator x2 since I have owned this car, picked it up with 6 miles on the OD <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . Mind you I have done some modifications that I believe may be contributed to the low oil message (WG tweak) or it could have been that when the oil was changed they didn't refill properly. Either way, I just topped it off with a quart I had in the boot and I have not had the indicator since.
 

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Re: (MightyQ)

Any 'modification' other than 'changing your oil' or physically taking out the oil level sensor and doing all sort of cruel and horrible things to it will not affect your oil level sensor... Unless you are having some other underlying problem causing your oil to become contaminated, I would not ever consider blaming such a thing on modifications...<p>...except maybe a FMIC or boost gauge <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>*shameless plug* - Will, it was great to meet you the other day. I finally got to see his boost gauge in person and it looks even more amazing than I could have imagined - the pictures do not do it justice.
 
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