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Dip stick reading

I have a 2003 Volkswagon beetle. The oil light starts flashing after it's been running for about 15 or 20 minutes. The oil seems full but I'm not sure if full is the top off the x,s or at at the plastic piece further up the dip stick. It isn't making any noise like it's low on oil. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • lrewolinsk Nov 30, 2008

    I can't seem to find my dipstick please help me where is it on a 2000 beetle?

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    i have the same problem except mine mosly happens when i turn my vehicle, then the light goes off. i had my mechnic change the sensor the metal screen in the oil pan and the oil pump, i broght to dealor and they wanted to take the oil pan off to look at my rods at a price of $300 to start and thats not fixing problem. basicly they where heading for a new motor, buy car runs fine . so i had my mechnic take apart dash to cut buzzer that oil light makes. im happy with that. im not getting a new motor for a light that keeps going off.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    need to know the right oil level on a full engine

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The design of an oil pressure sensor must be tougher than rocket science; the failure rate is awful high for the simple task it performs. 
This is a common failure and they are generally not terribly expensive to replace. They are supposed to make contact if the pressure falls below ~ 4 PSI, a level that pretty much tells you to STOP and add oil because at that pressure, there could already be some damage to bearing surfaces. The typical range is ~ 30-60 PSI for proper lubrication and (oil) cooling without blowing gaskets sealing the oil channels. 
As you wrote, the engine isn't rattling; just replace the sensor. 

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