306 Diesel oil level indicator gone mad
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    Tadpole
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    Icon8 306 Diesel oil level indicator gone mad

    My oil level indicator has suddenly gone mad.

    When the ignition is turned on the needle goes to the max position, flicks back and forth a couple of times then stays at minimum and the back lighting goes off. This takes a few seconds.

    Anyone else had this?

    Any suggestions on what may be causing it?

    Cheers,

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    In the 306 the oil gauge will momentarily display the oil level when the ignition is switched on.

    According to the manual:
    The oil level indicator switches off approximately 15 seconds after starting the engine.
    So it would seem to be operating normally. Did it not do this before? What did it used to do?
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    Default Gauge vs dipstick

    What does the dipstick show?
    Might be really low, or perhaps the sender is just gunked up.

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    Hi all,

    We've had this Pug since new in Jan 2000 and up until the last couple of days the gauge has worked as it should. ie It's come on, showed the oil level and then gone out maybe 7 seconds after the engine fires up.

    Oil level is just below full and about halfway between changes. I use Mobil 1 fully synthetic and it's now done about 205,000 km.

    Just had the clutch replaced, but I think it started this a couple of days ago, as I looked at the gauge and it wasn't showing anything but I assumed I'd just been too slow looking.

    Cheers,

    Tony

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    If you have a multimeter check across the sender for continuity and voltage. Then check that the connectors aren't loose....trust me the simple things are the most common and are best eliminated first. I work on multi million dollar trains and 'stupid' covers most of the problems/faults!
    Not sure what the Ohm value is or what the voltage is but I'm more than happy to be advised!
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    Good thinking Bluey,

    Now, does anyone know exactly where the sender is?

    Cheers,

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blugnomad99 View Post
    Good thinking Bluey,

    Now, does anyone know exactly where the sender is?
    AFAIK, it's item 6 in the attachment. Not particularly helpful but it may give you an idea.

    The connector looks remarkably close to where one might remove the gearbox to access the clutch...
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    Thanks Simon,

    I've printed this and will ask the clutch place to check it while it's on the hoist this morning.

    Cheers,

    Tony

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    I've always regarded the dash indicator as nothing more than a gimmick. Turn the key on, four or five empty squares?
    Dipstick says Ok, it is Ok.



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