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Yellow triangle on dash won't go off

Fan belt went and noticed it had broke the wire to oil pressure sensor, connected wire back up but still get yellow triangle warning light, replaced oil pressure sensor still no good, wire is live and pressure switch working but can't get yellow triangle off, had it reset when car is running and stays off but soon as u turn it off then start it again it comes back on, please help

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  • mike simpson Feb 04, 2016

    So after you start it and its running how did you reset it to get it to turn off 1st time? does it go out after you start driving? Mike

  • David Hanlon
    David Hanlon Feb 04, 2016

    When it's running mike I can reset the code which is p0520 with a snap on diagnostic, but as soon as u turn it of then start again it comes back on

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Disconnect the neg batt cable for 5 min and reconnect this will clear code

hope this helps Mike

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Testimonial: "Well that didn't work mike, cheers tho"

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