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"oil" displayed on start up

1996 Audi A4 2.6 V6. "oil" displayed in Trip display on start for about 1 minute. Oil level and oil pressure and temprature normal? Engine operation Normal.

Could you please let me know what this warning is?

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  • gordontilley Feb 27, 2009

    Thanks for info, gives peace of mind

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I had the same situation !! it's display when u start your engine and the ''OIL" signal appear in trip . What does it mean?

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The 'oil' message displayed is a service light. This can only be reset by an Audi dealership or a very well equipped shop.

Do not worry. It has nothing to do with oil pressure, temperature, etc. It is simply a service reminder.

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Most cars have a self diagnosis proceedure during and just after startup. this is not a fault unless it appears while going round corners or just generally driving around. you have had the sense to check your levels and pressures then i wouldnt worry too much about it unless it stays on or is as i say on while driving.

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    scott rimmer Feb 27, 2009

    no rpoblems thanks for the feed back. if the warning light does stay on or like i say come on while its driveing i would take to garage or do the obvious and check levels and such.

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