Originally Posted by ZGERMAN
I don't know, guys, but something's just not right with the car:
Since I could not find 10W-60 engine oil in any auto shop in a 10-mile radius around work today, I settled for 4 quarts of 15W-50...which comes closest (so the word in the Interwebs) to the 10W-60 that's supposedly the only one that should be used in any "M" engine.
I gradually added 3 quarts (stretched over the afternoon), but neither that frickin' amber LED display, nor the iDrive show any difference in fill level.They keep reading "0.3L" (display) and "O.K." (iDrive). -- Guys, I'm starting to freak....!!
Any idea what's going on... or how can that be??
It's not like the engine was dry when I drove the first 1,500 Miles, and I didn't get any warnings either. I'd fill in more, just to see if the oil gauges will finally change, but I'm afraid to add any more oil, as I may blow the engine/gaskets by overfilling it... I suppose.
WHAT CAN I DO?? -- HEEEELP !!!!
Hi, just saw this thread or would have answered earlier. But, I think you may have messed up big here and suggest you bite the bullet and take the car in for service. If you added 3 additional quarts of oil, you must be way overfilled and that is much worse than a low oil situation.
Id also say perhaps not to pay attention to any other info on this thread as it doesnt pertain to the S85. I dont know what your concerns may have been, but the car doesnt eat oil. It uses perhaps a quart every six months or so based on driving styles, unless you drive lots of miles and very hard. However, do NOT use the lower grade oil you noted, you must use 10W 60, and its not crazy expensive, just go to your BMW dealer and you can get a quart for around $11, or better yet, just buy a case and not have to worry for years as to where to find it.
Now, I would have suggested as SilberGrauE60 did, which was to read the manual, as it described this process in detail and would have saved you alot of grief.
The oil guages work like this, when the idrive tells you to add oil, it means to add a quart to your reserve. You will see this by the dash reading, as well as when checking into idrive to view your oil level, you should only add oil when the idrive shows that the oil is at its lowest reading level. However, even at this lowest level, the manual notes that you should add oil within the next few hundred miles, its not a situation where you have to run out immediately and add the quart, as I noted above and others pointed out, the engine holds alot of oil, and you are not going to go dry because the resevoir is low.
Second, you have to add atleast 3/4 quart of oil for the sensor to read the addition. If you do it in smaller increments, it may not pick it up, and this is also described in the manual.
Third, the oil sensor does NOT work automatically to note the oil you added. It can take some time depending on your situation and the oil temp, and I've had situations where it did not register for a day or more, so never rely on this to measure if you added enough oil, just have faith in what it tells you, if it says add 1 quart, add 1 quart, then run the car and check the next day. Also, understand what the symbols mean, as described in the manual, if you get that clock symbol, it means its trying to get a reading but cannot at that point, could be the oil temp for ex. Use the idrive setting to get a feel if you dont see anything updated on the dash.
Now with all you said you added, Id be quite concerned that you overfilled. Check your idrive reading and see if it says overfilled, if so, Id take her to bmw and have an oil change done, unless you are daring and want to try to take oil out yourself, but then risk the situation of not knowing how much to add back.
It seems a bit tricky, but honestly, this is one of the first chapters in the manual, and owning a car of this level should require an owner to take such steps seriously.