Buick Riviera 1998 Supercharger
I am a female non-mechanic trying to fix this car myself.
Oil LEVEL light comes on and car shuts off. Take note…NOT oil pressure light- which is the one that looks like a genie lamp. It says OIL LEVEL. This trips up every mechanic I have spoken to.
Doesn’t stall (like sputter and die) just shuts off like a safety switch has been tripped or something. But it is an older car 1998 Buick Riviera Supercharger. You wouldn’t think it would have that safety feature but maybe. You can start car but if I put it in reverse or even when I am driving the car oil LEVEL light will come on and car will shut off. Only happens when we get to normal operating temp.
So here is what I did. First, changed oil and filter just to be sure there was no odd clog and it was due anyway. Still had the same symptoms.
Next, I discovered that we have a separate supercharger oil reservoir. No mechanic that I spoke to knew this. I changed the oil in the reservoir because the level was low and I am sure that it has never been changed. Didn’t work.
Next, I changed the oil PRESSURE sensor because even though I know it says oil level I figure it has to do with a misread on pressure. Didn’t work.
Next I disconnected the wires going to the oil level sensor to test and see if it is a funky level sensor. Plus I didn’t feel like changing the oil again in order to change the sensor. Didn’t work.
Next. I changed the oil level sensor. Still…a no go. Drive for a bit and get up to normal operating temp and oil LEVEL light comes on and car shuts off.
Note: there is no sound. No sputtering or clanking or anything. (Other than the words coming out of my mouth.)
I am stumped! I want to work on this myself so if someone could help me out and give me detailed instructions I would be grateful.