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Does the light stay on when you start the engine?
Yes. But I can cancel the alarm and the message using the trip computer stalk. The car starts normally, but I dare not take it for drive.
What does the message say?
You need a scan tool to find out what code has been stored and to see if it is linked to anything you may have done during the service.
Driving the vehicle should not be a problem unless the light starts flashing which would indicate a more serious fault.
This would allow you to get to a garage with a scan tool to find what code has been stored.
Thank you. I will get hold of a scanner. I didn't realise the warning message could flash as well.
Not the message, the engine management light or glowplug light.
Do you have an oil level sensor on this vehicle?
I don't have any other lights on but the main light '!' and the central message where the trip meter is.
Yes, it does.
Did you possibly have the ignition on when you were draining the sump?
That could cause the sensor to overheat and burn out.
The oil actually acts as a coolant for the sensor.
Or ignition on before you refilled the engine with oil.
No, the ignition was not on at any stage during the service. I only turned it on when I had bled the fuel filter.
I did not start the engine until I had finished all the service, which would have meant the oil filter was empty of oil during the first attempts to start the engine after I had bled the diesel filter. Where is the oil level sensor?
In the sump.
Then it would have been covered when I first turned on the ignition.
Ok. It was just a thought. I had seen it a few times.
You should be ok to drive it. Just make sure oil and coolant levels are ok before you do.
My main concern is driving it when the warning light '!' is on, but nothing else is showing when I cancel the main message. If no other light is on i.e. everything else is off, should I be able to drive it to the garage okay?