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Audi 80 oil pressure light

Audi 80 M reg 1.6 petrol Oil pressure warning light comes on when you rev it. Changed oil filter. Thought might be blocked filter. Oil pressure is high so no mechanical problems. Does any one know were the oil pressure switch on the engine is located as my theory is that it is faulty or has any one any other idea what might be causing the light to come on Additional Details - DOME RBC If you read it properly the oil pressure is to high The engine is in good condition and has not been thrashed

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  • Ismaeliano Jul 24, 2008

    Same problem of oil pressure warning light coming on dashboard despite changing oil and filter. Can't confirm if problem is electronic or mechanical as noticed other symptoms:
    1- High fuel consumption, no black or white smoke or engine rough running/jerking... no engine noise and no oil consumption.
    2- Engine lugs when opening oil filler cap while running... ECU fuel compensation kicks in though and tries to restore idle RPM.

    Please advise best troubleshooting sequence and possible causes.


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I think from memory that the oil pressure switch is at the back of the cylinder head, if its not there it will be located just above the oil filter, these switches are very cheep to buy and can be bought from any good motor factors. You are right to suspect the switch, its the first thing to eliminate before bogging your self down with more complicated and expensive problems.

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I had a similar problem with my Audi 80 B4 model, previous owner spent a lot trying to get the oil light on the dash to turn off, im no mechanic by any means but i changed a fuse and it went off and has never come back, might be something worth looking at, Hope this helps

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Your oil pressure switch is faulty,or the loom going to it is grounding off the engine block, The switch is beside the sump,disconnect the switch and check if the lamp has went out,if it has replace the switch,if it hasn't replace/repair the wiring.
The switch shorts and the output from switch to dash is then grounded through the bolts that holds the switch in place.

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I had the same problem with my 1989 Audi 80 1.6 petrol engine.
Everytime when I start the engine and press throttle, the oil pressure light comes on, but when I relese the throttle it comes off. When the engine reach the working temperature,everything is normal and the oil pressure light doesn 't twinkle anymore..
I think that is something wrong with a sensor..

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