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2.4 V6 oil and warning light issue.

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    [Aug 20, 2011]
    Hi there, I've had my 99 (Facelift) Audi A4 for a couple of weeks now. It's an SE on 138k.

    Okay, so yesterday I started to notice a burning oil smell when I pulled up to work. After checking my oil, I saw it was on the bottom of the dip stick.

    Today, at lunch time (Before I topped it up) I quickly drove to the shops. As I accelorated (not too hard) from a junction a huge ! came on the middle dash computer screen, then went as soon as I lifted off. So I thought "Ah, me thinks it's telling me I have f**k all oil, that'll be the pickup sensor". So I topped her up with some 10-40w Part synth.

    So as I get in my car to drive home, I start the engine and the huge ! is back. This time, it will NOT go away. When I got home, I parked it on the drive and opened the bonnet. To be greeted with a load of steam/smoke and a strong smell of burning oil. I jacked the car up and saw that the sub frame looked freshly damp (Probably oil). Where could it be leaking from? It's down the back of the engine so I can't see s**t! The oil level hasn't dropped on the dipstick though, so I'm not sure what the ! is all about. Ever since I've had the car the service indicator has been on so I'm wondering if it's just bored and now shouting at me for it.

    So, what do you think? I'm throwing a load of money at it on pay day anyway so what should I be checking? Thanks for your help.

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    Warning light by Jason.Easton, on Flickr
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    [Aug 20, 2011]
    double.
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    [Aug 20, 2011]
    another accidental cock up.
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    [Aug 20, 2011]
    You need to check first if the oil pump pick-up is not blocked. If it's clear then chances are the bonnet lock switch isn't working. Car can tell if you opened the bonnet to have a look and if the switch is goosed then it might not know if you topped-up and the fault wont clear...Either way get-it looked at asap, low pressure is not something to overlook !
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    [Aug 20, 2011]
    Also the big ! might mean there's not enough brake fluid in the reservoir, check if it's not close to minimum...
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    Thank you very much for the suggestions! I shall start having a poke around tomorrow.
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    [Aug 21, 2011]
    that symbol is brake related, either the ABS system has a major fault, or the brake fluid is low.

    Does the car have a digital clock? If not, there is no oil level sensing only pressure. If it does, the "low oil level" is a picture of an oil can with LOW under it.

    The oil smoke is presumably a seperate issue but one that needs sorted just the same.
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    [Aug 21, 2011]
    Maybe the oil you are seeing is not engine oil, but brake fluid. Maybe you broke one brake piston, it's usual, and this brake fluid seems engine oil, maybe check the brake fluid level, because that ! signal on the cockpit, is a brake related problem. Saludos.
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    [Aug 24, 2011]
    Okay, so here's what I've discovered.

    The light WAS because I was low on brake fluid, in fact, I left it a day and it emptied. It appears to be leaking from the rear passenger side. I've had a look, and where the brake line enters the caliper, it looks as if it's leaking from there. Is there a gasket where it joins? If I follow the brake line it seems to enter a block, which then is bolted to the caliper? It's leaking between this block type thing and the caliper.

    As for the oil, it is leaking from the rear of the cam cover (Gasket is leaking, apparently common?) so that's not too bad.

    Thanks again for the help, and sorry if I sound confusing.
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