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So just purchased an 02' Passat off Craigslist a few weeks ago. We were told the oil light blinked but that was it. Needless to say it does blink and also makes a terrible constant beeping. The engine light is also on I noticed. There is brand new oil in the car. Mechanic friend said it was more than likely a faulty sensor, but couldn't be sure because his computer wouldn't tell him since the oil light wasn't on when he connected it. Noticed last night every time it beeped the screen said 'oil pressure stop motor'

Just trying to figure out what the deal is here. I'm about to have my baby and can't afford to be paying out the arse for repairs, and really can't have that loud arse beeping after he's born.. So any advice/help would be appreciated!
 

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Oh and if anybody has any links to videos on how to re-attach a door panel that would be helpful too since the jackasses removed the entire panel and never put it back!
 

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um, have you ever known a beep and a flash to be a good thing?! what its desperately trying to tell you is that the oil pump is fighting to supply oil to your engine! if its a 1.8T then it is probably sludged. dont start the engine again until you can confirm WITH A GAUGE that you are getting oil pressure, only then will it be a sensor or wiring. if you continue to drive it with the light on it WILL kill the engine. these turbo cars cook oil, especially mineral based. park the car until you know at least these two things.

1. make sure your car is getting good oil pressure all the way up to the head

2. know the last time the timing belt has been changed. if you dont, assume it hasnt and get it done. NOW.

we also need to know

1. year
2. mileage
3. engine
4.vehicle history (as much as you know)
5. mods (as much as you know)

youve found a great group, we just need to know what were dealing with.
 

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as you search this website you will find a mother lode of info regarding your exact problem/symptoms , "boyesreef"hit the nail on the head........1.8 are notorious for clogged or mitigated oil pump pickup tube/screen , let everybody know what you have,this site is a Godsend for the Passat enthusiast or just a daily driver owner!!!
 

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Congratulations! You have a clogged/bad oil pump (more than likely). What a fun and exciting trip you're gonna have fixing that. The first thing you should do is put an oil pressure gauge on it before you drive it anymore. Anytime you hear a loud clicking/clacking noise, that's the cam chain tensioner starved for oil (i.e. low oil pressure). Stop the engine when you hear that! You can either spend time and money getting it fixed or try and get your money back.
 

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If you keep driving the car like that, the most likely outcome is that you won't have to worry about the beeping any more, because the car will be dead.

Find a mechanic that is a VW specialist and have him check the oil pressure. (If the guy you went to was at all familiar with these cars, he'd know the most likely suspect isn't the sensor, it's a clogged pickup screen.)

I suspect you've discovered the reason the last owner sold it...
 

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If the guy you went to was at all familiar with these cars, he'd know his computer isn't going to tell him much at all about your oil pressure. You need to hook up an oil pressure gauge to know what's going on with oil pressures.
 

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I don't know much of anything about the car. Like I said we just bought it super cheap off Craigslist and obviously the people who bought it from the previous owner failed to mention what was wrong with it. (That's what I get for buying it from foreign people...) I didn't even notice the stop engine on the screen because it only half works and you can only see it at night which I don't do really any night driving.

I really don't want to pay out the ass to take it to a VW dealer just to tell me what the problem is when you guys have obviously already done that. I don't think it has any mods.

I have no idea what version it is.. I just know it's an 02' Passat sedan and the mileage is 107403.

Sign. Had I known it had this problem we wouldn't of bought it but when we test drove it none of this happened! Fucking bullshit..
 

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I'm sorry you've ended up with damaged goods. Unfortunately, there's good reason for the old motto caveat emptor.

But buying from "foreign" people? I'm sure you dislike buying from dishonest or manipulative sellers, but those kind have always been around (and always will) and they come in all nationalities. Political jabs have no place on this forum.
 

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Agreed, dbrick. The "dem damn fureners" attitude will not be tolerated. This is a worldwide forum. Everybody is a foreigner to everybody.

Back on topic.

Sucks that you bought an insanely cheap car on craigslist and all of a sudden have problems. If these cars are neglected, they do not take kindly to it and will ruin your day.

Get a real gauge on the oil pressure. if indeed low, it won't be a sensor problem (rarely ever is a bad sensor). Replacing the oil pump and lines to the turbo along with a professional engine flush will be the first step to remedy. It will be costly as removing the oil pan will necessitate dropping the subframe and paying for an alignment.

With a baby on the way, I'd have to say, you might want to cut your losses.
 

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If a proper oil pressure gauge (rant -- these cars should have come with one from the factory) reveals that you do indeed have low oil pressure, you may want to pull the valve cover before going any further. If the cams, bearings, and rest of the top end are still in reasonable shape, then you can proceed with the full crossbar and oil pan drop and oil pump system replacement. If the top end is shot, you want to think hard about how much money you want to put into your "cheap and worth every penny" acquisition, but if the top end is still in good shape, you may have a scored a bargain, despite the additional work it will require.

(For what it's worth, we are replacing the valve cover on my elder son's 2002 A4 (AMB engine, similar to yours), and the cams, chain, etc. look extremely clean and healthy at 90K miles.) The first owner put 20K miles on the car and maintained it scrupulously, so my son had a good starting point. (It has always had synthetic oil with a fairly tight change interval, and we promptly fixed the small PCV problem it had a couple of years ago.)
 

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As others have said before me; if this is an 1.8T, you should not be driving or running the engine at all until this problem is 100% identified and repaired. A ruined top end is a very expensive thing to fix.
A little advice: the next time you are buying a used car, take some time and educate yourself on the model you want to buy.
 

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Good evening blessed people.
Pls I'm new in this forum, seeking for solution to red oil light flash in my 1999 passat 1.8t
The red oil light only comes up at operating temperature. Secondly, it comes up and continues flashing at low speed and low-rev
But at high rev and high velocity, the red light goes off.
Pls brethren help....
 

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First and foremost is to do a mechanical oil pressure test. Also, what oil weight and how old is it? How many miles on the engine?
If the test shows low oil pressure at idle/low rpm, you will need to drop the oil pan and check the pan, but usually a clogged oil pump pickup will also cause higher rpm oil pressure problems.
 

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Thanks alot for your quick response.
I use mineral oil, the oil in it at the moment is not up to 1000miles yet. Then on the milage on the engine, i really can't say because i bought a used engine 5yrs ago.
Again, the red light only beeps at operating temperature 90°C, secondly it comes up while decelerating and goes off while accelerating.
 

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You must a motor oil that meets the VW 502.00 specification, which will be a full synthetic 0W-40 or 5W-40. The "VW 502.00" will be in the small print on the back of the container; the large print on the front will typically say something like "for European Vehicles."

As you may have read elsewhere on this forum, the 1.8T engines in particular are prone to coking if non-synthetic oil is used. The coked bits of oil then clog the oil pump intake screen, leading to oil starvation, and the story only gets sadder from there.

The oil light in these cars is not a gentle warning that something might need attention--it's a last, desperate, cry for immediate help, not to be ignored!

It is too painful a story to tell how I lost my Fresco Green 1.8T that I owned since new, but suffice it to say it involves a "STOP-check oil" warning ignored. The driver at the time, my son, is still among the living only because I am not a violent person.
 

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