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DESCRIPTION This lamp illuminates to warn the driver that the engine oil level is low. When the ignition switch is first moved to Run, the oil level indicator lights for about 1 1/2 seconds as a bulb check. The oil level detection circuit has two internal timers. The first timer records the amount of time the ignition has been Off. The second timer records the amount of time the ignition has been On before the ignition was shut Off. The instrument cluster uses this information to determine if the engine has been sitting long enough for the oil to have returned to the oil pan. OPERATION The oil level monitoring circuits will check the oil level switch under the following conditions:
There has been a service bulletin for that type of concern. Here is what it states.
FILE IN SECTION: 8 - Chassis/Body Electrical
BULLETIN NO.: 53-83-04
DATE: May, 1995
Some owners may comment that the "Check Oil" Tell-Tale is on, blinking or flickering in the Cluster. With the Gage Cluster, the "Check Gages" Tell-Tale will also light, blink or flicker. This condition may occur when the engine is running and is most prevalent with the vehicle in motion.
There may be an intermittent connection at a solder joint due to flexing of an internal circuit board.
Verify the connection at the cluster connector by inspecting the connector for any damage to the terminals. If damaged terminals are found, repair as necessary by following the procedures in Section 8A-5 of the Service Manual. If damage is not found, remove the Instrument Cluster and send to your local Delco Electronics repair facility.
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Verify the connection at the cluster connector by inspecting the connector for any damage to the terminals. If damaged terminals are found, repair as necessary by following the procedures in Section 8A-5 of the Service Manual.
Where is this cluster found?
As I don't have a service manual.
Bulletin No.: 06-08-45-004
Date: May 02, 2006
In an effort to standardize repair practices, General Motors is requiring that all wiring harnesses be repaired instead of replaced. If there is a question concerning which connector and/or terminal you are working on, refer to the information in the appropriate Connector End Views in SI. The Instruction Manual J 38125-620, which is sent with each new update of the J 38125 Terminal Repair Kit, also has terminal crimping and terminal remove information.
Utilize the Terminal Repair Kit (J 38125) to achieve an effective wiring repair. The Terminal Repair Kit has been an essential tool for all GM Dealers since 1987. Replacement terminals and tools for this kit are available through SPX/Kent Moore. Refer to Corporate Bulletin Number 06-08-45-001 for more information.
The Instruction Manual J 38125-620, which is sent with each new update to the J 38125 Terminal Repair Kit, also has terminal crimping and terminal removal information.
U.S. Dealers Only - Training courses (including Tech Assists, Emerging Issues, Web, IDL and Hands-on) are available through the GM Training website. Refer to Resources and then Training Materials for a complete list of available courses.
Canadian Dealers Only - Refer to the Training section of GM infoNet for a complete list of available courses and a copy of the J 38125 Terminal Repair Kit Instruction Manual.
Wiring repair information is also available in Service Information (SI). The Wiring Repair section contains information for the following types of wiring repairs:
You have gone through a great deal of effort in attempting to answer this question.
I've had the car out three times since I made the first contact.
Twice the car started & run without the check engine light remaining on over the normal time.
The third time I used the process as originally stated and the light remaines off for the duration of a trip.
Once the check oil light goes off, you can drive 8 - 10 hours and the light remains off.
Is that still a symptom of a short connection?
Would it be reasonable to assume that a short in the system would cause the oil light to come on intermitantly while the vehickle is travelling?
I've probably driven 1,000 - 1500 kmph. since this started.
The engine runs great and doesn't use a drop of oil.
Yes, I'll accept the answer but I'm still not sure that I'm ready to pull the whole dash out quite yet.
Unless you are positive that will cure the problem.
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I'm with you on checking the oil sensor upon the next oil change.
I run 80kph to work every day plus around town after work.
What ever the problem is, it hasn't hurt the engine or performance at all.
Just frusterating as I do like to keep the vehicle up to snuff.
Thanks for now.
Your welcome and come again, anytime, thanks