Oil light flickering at idle

Asked by Jul 22, 2019 at 08:12 AM about the 1998 BMW Z3 M

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Anybody have a guess as to why the oil light flickers at idle?

2 Answers


Could be low oil pressure.


Oil pressure at idle is always lower than when running. When the engine gets worn out or has a defect in the oil system, like a worn pump or pressure valve, oil pressure at idle can be so low that it shows up on the sensor. You might also be low on oil: check it.

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