FLICKERING OIL LIGHT AT IDLE AND WARM ENGINE

1998 Volkswagen Jetta

Tiny

Stan4

March, 29, 2012 AT 1:58 AM

When the car reaches normal operating temperature, the oil light blinks. Reving the engine to about 1800 RPM turns the light off. I replaced the oil pump. I also took the electrical wire off from the oil sending unit (the one by the oil filter) and the oil light kept blinking.

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3 Answers

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 29, 2012 AT 2:05 AM

Did you check oil pressure before and after pump change?

Tiny

fixitmr

March, 29, 2012 AT 2:11 AM

Pressure switches are located on top of the oil filter mount and there is also one in the end of the head on the drivers side. They are both single wire units unless you have a gauge in the dash in which case there will be 2 wires on the one in the filter mount. Replace them both and if that dosent solve the problem, remove the oil filter mount from the block and replace the oil control valve inside there. It needs to be loc-tited into place without glueing it shut. Both are quick cheap fixes.

Tiny

exovcds

March, 31, 2012 AT 4:32 PM

The oil pressure switch at the head is the low pressure switch.

The oil pressure switch at the filter flange is the high pressure switch.

The low pressure switch causes the light to blink when the key
is in the ON position, or when oil pressure is less than 0.25bar
at low engine rpms.

The high pressure switch causes the light & buzzer to come on when
the engine is running and oil pressure is less than 1.8bar at 2000rpm
or above.

One the 1.8 & 2 liter engines, there is no control valve in the
filter mounting flange.

Oil pressure is controlled by the pressure relieve valve in the
oil pump.

Thomas

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