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Oil ligth 1996 vw jetta the oil light comes on when i drive,and keeps beeping.i change the oil pressure switch and the oil is at the right level. My email address is please advise what could be the solution for this problem.

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  • nikkimouse55 Apr 10, 2009

    My oil light is also blinking and beeping at me, and the oil levels seem to be normal or slightly elevated both while running and after sitting and cooling down for 24+ hours. I am hoping that an oil change will help, but I am not sure what to ask them to check during the service - I have severely limited fundage at the moment, so I am hoping for advice that will keep my dollars in my pocket...

    Also, my driver's side door lock mechanism broke inside the door, and now slides out with effort. I can't lock from that side, but the car unlocks from the passenger side and still locks internally. Any thoughts?



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  • camomikey Mar 28, 2009

    jettas have 2 oil sending switches. a low idle and then the secondary that takes overafter 2000 rpm.

    low is at the oil filter housing , 2nd is on the head at the oil passage for the overhead cam.

    unplug on at a time while running to "copy" your prblem, replace that sensor that doesnt change when unplugged.


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It can be either electrical short or mechanical trouble.  Have the oil pressure test done on the car at two different sites - one in the engine block near the valve cover and another in the top of oil filter housing.  If the pressure is in the normal range, then it's electrical short.  If it isn't in the normal range, it is either something is blocking the oil from circulating or needs bearing replacement.

A quick (but not accurate) test would be to have the car running and check the oil level.  If the oil level remains constant, then the oil might not be circulating (which is why manuals often say check the oil when the engine is not running).  Be careful not to drive it if it looks like that the oil isn't circulating because it could lead to serious damage (in other words, engine rebuilding with bearing replacement).

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