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change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

can i change the oil/filter on the 500 my self, and will the message go away, or will i have to get a fiat dealer to do it, and re set the message/ flashing oil light? cheers...
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

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can i change the oil/filter on the 500 my self, and will the message go away, or will i have to get a fiat dealer to do it, and re set the message/ flashing oil light? cheers...
have you checked the oil level? could be that its low on oil. i always check mine, not worth knackering the engine for the sake of a couple of minutes every week.
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

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can i change the oil/filter on the 500 my self, and will the message go away, or will i have to get a fiat dealer to do it, and re set the message/ flashing oil light? cheers...
Is it a diesel with a DPF?
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

You can change the oil and filter yourself however you will need to use the correct oil ( this is most important for correct dpf operation ) and only fiat can reset the oil degredation counter.

If the counter is not reset but the oil and filter are changed then the lights will remain until the degredation counter is reset, however you may find that your dealer will not reset the counter without proof of you having had the oil and filter change done and the correct parts used, because as i said above this could and will effect the operation of the dpf filter.
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

you spent nearly or around 9-10k on the car, save money elsewhere but not here...the ECU needs to be told the oil has changed or you will get problems (especially if DPF) !!!
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

many thanks, ill call a fiat dealer then... yes its the diesel.... how long can the light and message be left on? how long can it be driven? wish id of not bothered with a diesel... cheers...
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

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many thanks, ill call a fiat dealer then... yes its the diesel.... how long can the light and message be left on? how long can it be driven? wish id of not bothered with a diesel... cheers...
red flashing light means needs immediate action
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

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red flashing light means needs immediate action
Rob, Normally that is the case but the flashing oil warning light and accompanying message is the Fiat way of saying the oil needs changing ASAP. In my case I am having mine done on Saturday which will be 8 days after the warning appeared.

Like you, I wanted it one straight away but the dealership originally didn't have any appointments until 17/10/09. I put them on the spot by saying "if anything happens to the engine will it be covered by warranty" and they got me in a week earlier.

AFAIK this system is like the service lights on Beemers which start on orange as a warning and then eventually go to red.

I have to admit that the first time this happened I only saw the oil light flash and my immediate reaction was to pull over to the side of the road pronto.

After checking the oil I then checked the manual.
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

any ideas on price for a oil/filter change and dash re set? been quoted 99 from 1 dealer....
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Re: change engine oil message and red oil light flashing on the dash...

Alot of dealers do it for free
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Alot of dealers do it for free
is that free oil, filter and labour, or just free labour? do you know of these dealers? cheers
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any ideas on price for a oil/filter change and dash re set? been quoted 99 from 1 dealer....


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is that free oil, filter and labour, or just free labour? do you know of these dealers? cheers
I suspect what he means is that you could get the oil change light reset for free. No dealer in their right mind is going to give you anything more than that for free.
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I suspect what he means is that you could get the oil change light reset for free. No dealer in their right mind is going to give you anything more than that for free.
I suspect I was refering to sarcasm
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