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Old 15-09-12, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default Oil level gauge fault

Good Morning everyone. I am desperately in need of help. My car is a Peugeot 206 1.6 Xt. It flashes Oil gauge fault and the oil is enough. So what might be the cause? And is it safe to drive it while it is in that condition? Kind regards
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Old 15-09-12, 10:15 PM   #2
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To establish if the car is safe to drive, simply withdraw the dipstick with the car parked on level ground to verify the sump's oil level, wipe it clean with a rag and re-insert the dipstick and withdraw it again to check the level.
I have been amazed, many times, how low an oil level can appear on the dipstick without causing any immediate problems, but this is pure neglect, the oil must be maintained at the correct level markings on the dipstick, oil is not only the lifeblood of the engine, but also acts a cooling medium.
If you have a warning light on the dashboard, this is usually a fault with the oil pressure sender unit, plugged into the oil filter casing. A new sender unit will fix this, but disconnect the electrical plug first to inspect for corrosion on the pins and sockets.
Another possibility is breakage of the plastic lugs on the filter element, this is a known fault on cheap filters.
Some engines have a spin-on cartridge filter, mostly earlier models, but you forgot to post the year of the car, always advisable when seeking advice.

On the subject of filters, I had an unusually pleasant experience at a Peugeot main dealer last week. I needed to buy a new filter for my own car and fully expected to be paying the Motor Factor's going rate of 10, but when I handed my car's registration document to the storeman to make it easy for him to access the correct part on the computer, he generously offered to put the transaction through " as trade " which meant I would get the part " cheap as chips " ( his parlance ) and with a sump washer thrown in, my bill was 5.50.

I suspect the motor trade is feeling the economic slump at the moment, and desperate to generate new return business !

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