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Oil Engine Light turned on and beeped after it reached 1200 rpm and then the clicking noise

I have a 2001 VW Beetle 2.0 V Turbo (auto).

The problem never happened until today.
After an hour of driving (engine is warm), suddenly then oil light turned on/beeped.
After cooling it off (stayed out of the car for awhile), we turned it on and drove a little, after it reached 1200 rpm, the oil light beeped again, so we tried to leave it idle, and lower it below 1200 rpm, the oil light was turned off but after a minute or two, there was a consistent clicking noise that got worse/louder as if we ran out of oil or something like that (my husband thought that).
We stopped again, waited, and the same thing happened after 1200 rpm, but sometimes, the clicking noise didn't get loud (stayed the same consistency).
Then, we stopped and started again, the same thing did not happen until a few minutes later so we ended up not driving the car soon after.

The oil is NOT low at all. We just checked and added it before we went out.

What can I do to fix this? Thank you for your suggestions.

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  • tmchd Oct 17, 2008

    Hi, thanks for your response. I will check regarding the "O" ring, I'll tell my husband to take a look tomorrow morning.

    I had an oil change done by Jiffy Lube and it was almost due for a change of oil. And they usually change the oil filter too, if I'm not mistaken. We've been going there for awhile.
    I found out today that I should've been using full-synthetic blend of oil, so today I did just that at Oil Can Henry and did an engine flush beforehand.

    The problem isn't quite fixed yet.
    I mean, it ran really well for a few minutes, and the oil engine light didn't turn on, but then, we started hearing the clacking noise (although it wasn't as loud as yesterday). We stopped the car for a few seconds (we pulled over), and he restarted it and the noise disappeared, but when we went on a 50 mph road (we had to do it to get home), the engine oil light turned on again and this time there wasn't loud clacking noise.
    We had to stop again and restarted the engine, and all the way home, it was smooth-sailing. I didn't want to run the engine rugged so we didn't drive in the evening.

    If there's any other suggestion, I'd be very happy to look into it as well. Thank you again.

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Have you done an oil change lately? If so did you doit yourself or was it done by a shop? I would check to see that the corret oil has been used fior your vehicle, I would also double check that the correct oil filter has been used. also on the open end of the oil filter that attaches to the car is a rubber " O " ring, I would remove the filter that is on there now and check to see that the O-ring from the old filter was not left behind.

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  • Fred Kenmuir Oct 17, 2008

    if ou have a manual for your car, or see if your husband knows where the oil sending unit is and check to see that the wire that connects to the sending unit is tight and clean ( not corroded ). this may cure the oil lite coming on, as for the clacking sound withot actually hearing it I am led to think of two possible causes. The first being a lifter that is sticking or dirty, the second that the oil pump is failing. Is your car equipped with an oil guage that measures in numbers? or does it just have a lite? If it only has a lite you will need a mechanic to diagnose between the two. Sometimes with a sticking or noisy lifter it will clear itself. To test the oil pump a mechanic will have to connect a mechanical guage to your engine and run it to get the output preasure of the oil pump. Some parts stores sell a kit that you can buy and conduct the test yourself, if you are mechanically inclined.

    I hope this has helped you.


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I had the same problem on my girlfriends 99 Beetle. All it was was an oil pressure switch. Very cheap and easy to replace. Its located on the same block that the oil filter screws into.

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