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    Hey guys,

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    Pulling in to the driveway i noticed a dash light on the oil temp gauge i had not seen before.



    i checked the oil and it seems to be full.
    the gauge is working and it doesnt show the oil being too hot.

    Any ideas?

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    I thought I knew most things about 205's but didn't realise there was even a light there. There is only one oil temp sensor, which controls the gauge. I suggest posting on the 205 Forum.

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    It means your oil is real hot, mine only ever got to halfway to the 1st bar..
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    It normally sits just before the first mark while driving but started creeping up as it was idling for an extended period before i took this shot.

    The light was on well before the needle was that high.
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    Give it an oil change.
    Nice new oil may cure it...

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    I have seen my needle a lot further across than that without the light coming on.
    That was sitting on fairly high revs for an extended period on the open road though.
    Unless you were doing something to encourage high temps I would be going by the needle and saying the light is on the blink.

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    Or the needle is on the blink...

    Dont think I would risk it...

    When was the last oil change have you checked how much oil there is in there??..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gezza View Post
    Or the needle is on the blink...

    Dont think I would risk it...

    When was the last oil change have you checked how much oil there is in there??..
    Oil was change under 2000 kms ago and is showing full on the dip stick.
    Maybe the warning light has something to do with the mi16 conversion? Maybe it is sent from something completely different.
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    At the risk of sounding like a broken record on these types of 'temp/gauge' threads, grab an IR temp gun, aim it at the sump and measure the real temp of the oil.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record on these types of 'temp/gauge' threads, grab an IR temp gun, aim it at the sump and measure the real temp of the oil.



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    Thanks for the advice but i'm quite sure its not the oil temp that is the problem.
    I cold started the car today after sitting all of last night and this morning and the light is still on.

    Is there another way i could check the oil level over using the dipstick indication?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MICAH View Post
    Thanks for the advice but i'm quite sure its not the oil temp that is the problem.
    I cold started the car today after sitting all of last night and this morning and the light is still on.

    Is there another way i could check the oil level over using the dipstick indication?

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    By draining the oil and measuring it? Have you got any reason to doubt the reading on the dipstick?

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    That light can be a pain in the butt. Check the wiring because the reading is taken off the sender. I can't remember but the wiring diagram, will tell you. I would trust the gauge. There is no other sender for the light, but can't remember how it's done. That is why you need to check the diagram and your wiring.

    The warning light should come when you're way up the gauge scale.

    The coolant temp gauge has two senders, one for gauge and one for warning light. Likewise oil pressure. Oil temperature doesn't.

    Oil level has nothing to do here, there is no sender for it.

    Jo is right, check the sump temperature with a gun or similar and you'll see if the gauge or the light is faulty. My money is on the light.
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    As is quite often the case with these things, a temp sensor drives the gauge and a temp switch will fire the light - not sure if that is the case with this particular instance. It's likely that gauge is showing the real issue and the switch is kaput - but jo's advice is excellent
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    Oil level is worth checking purely because, if its low on oil it will overheat.

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    If there is an aussiefrogs prize for stupidest member I would like to nominate myself.

    As I was fixing a dash rattle behind the instrument cluster on the weekend I accidently put the hand brake 'on' light in the spot for the oil temp light.

    Good news....car is not crazy. Bad news....I'm an idiot!

    So Peter was right. Again. There is not suppose to be a light behind there.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and help none the less.

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    How unusual none of us who have worked on our cars have ever done something stupid .....lol

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    Lol glad it wa an easy fix!!

    Nearly as bad as my vac pipes on my turbo the wrong way for 3 weeks and wondering why it wouldnt boost properly!!

    In my defence though I had stripped it all down and then put back together..

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