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does anyone have a good way to monitor the oil level from inside the car? like checking to see if your a quart low before you start it every day without having to look under the hood. it would be a much better way then relying on an oil pressure gauge. if the pressure drops its too late and maybe you don't catch it right away. I think 93 and later high end fords had a sensor mounted right into the oil pan. I could drill a hole and mount it in the right place I guess???
somebody must have a solution. and no my car does not consume oil I am just trying to see if I can monitor my 1970 454 daily driver wagon better.


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Don't know if it's worth the trouble, but my 88 Mustang had one also, if that helps broaden your search. I also believe my wife's 93 Bonneville has such a sensor in the brake master cylinder reservoir.

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93 Bonneville also has a low oil level sensor. Guess how I discovered that one


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has anyone tried fitting this into a bb Chevy oil pan ? how did you do the wiring, indicator?

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That would be an interesting project! However, I don't as of yet know how that system functions. I would expect the low level sensor to be a good bit down due to oil pan losses while the engine is running.
It does activate in my car when the level is about 1 qt. down though-well set up.

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does the indicator come on when the car is running or just at start up if it is low?

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I seem to recall seeing an aftermarket one one time that was inserted in place of the dipstick. You used the original dipstick as a measurement to set it up as to the full and low level settings and then inserted it as the dipstick. How it was wired in I have no idea. A little web search may help find it if it still exists.
 

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I looked into this awhile back when the oil level sensor on my '92 GrandAm was acting flaky.

The sensor they used works by applying a voltage to the sensor. The sensor has a heated wire inside. The surrounding oil cools the sensor. When the oil level drops, the sensor heats up enough to trip the warning light.

The sensor display is non-latching and always functional when the engine is running.

On the GrandAm, the sensor is mounted in the bottom of the pan and sticks up a predetermined height inside, to monitor oil level.

It was something like $45 to replace. Too rich for my blood considering the car, so I defeated it with a trick bridge circuit...
 
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