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FocusTDDI

Oil warning light

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Not sure what's causing this. Oil light on my 01 1.8 tddi had started to flicker a few days ago so topped up with a litre of 5w30, now light is starting to stay on when engine is warmed up, halfway mark on temp gauge. Driving home tonight I noticed the engine seemed a little more "ticky" than usual and when I pulled up I gave it a good rev and a LOT of black smoke poured out the pipe. Please tell me this is something simple like a pressure switch and not a dead/dying engine. Car has 115,000 on the clock and has been pretty good up to now.

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Okay, it's not the pressure switch, put a new one in and light is still flickering, so any ideas would be much appreciated

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is your oil level ok? if your oil is disapearing along with black smoke your engine could be burning it. sounds like a head gasket or valve guides problem.

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No the oil level is okay, but now the oil light is staying on yet there's no knocking from the engine. Mechanic has told me £30+ for a diagnostic test, pressure test I assume. Put some engine flush through but no luck there.

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when did the car last have an oil change, as a clogged oil filter could cause the light or even the pump starting to give up.

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This happened to me a few weeks ago resulting in cam belt going and having to have another engine. In future I won't ignore the light.

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This happened to me a few weeks ago resulting in cam belt going and having to have another engine. In future I won't ignore the light.

Iv'e had the same proplem i changed the oil/filter job done

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i would get the engine tested, make sure you are getting good oil pressure. could be a failing pump?

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