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Oil light flashing & beeping

I have an 02 VW Jetta and the oil light is coming on and beeping every few blocks. I have checked the oil and it is fine. THe car is not running bad, any help would be great. THanks

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    Adam Apr 28, 2014

    to go to a thicker oil



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This usually indicates that the oil pressure is low, but you need to get it checked out whether it's just a pressure sensor fault or connection issue, or it actually has got low oil pressure. The last one is the most concerning, because it could be causing internal damage if there is not enough oil pressure. Hopefully with a relatively late model car it will just be a sensor issue, but I would get it checked out ASAP, and preferably not use the car in the meantime.
Hope this helps, Mark.

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On my car, I changed the oil and filter. I was using 10w30 and wanted to replace with it thicker oil so I put in 10w40. After the oil change there was no problem my car idled for about 15 minutes but after driving less than a block the oil light came on started buzzing. I turned off the car immediately and started it back up without any incident. Again, about a block the same thing happened the oil light came on and started buzzing.
Does anybody have an idea of what could be wrong could it be the oil pump or sensor? Would appreciate any help..

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