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Hello,

I just purchased a 2012 forester with 30k miles. I've noticed that when I start the vehicle up sometimes the oil light will come on and stay on for the first few minutes of my drive and then go off. I checked dip stick and the oil level is good.

Is this cause for concern?
 

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I'd check the viscosity of the oil in it. If it's too thick, it may not flow well enough until it warms up. I've heard of people putting in gear oil, or other high viscosity oil, to stop smoking/burning in order to sell a car that appears to be undamaged. If so, that's bad news.

It COULD be a defective sensor.

For sure, I'd find out what it wrong before driving more...
 

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Is the "oil light" blue?

If it is blue, that is normal and supposed to happen. It is not the oil level, but a warning saying that the oil temp is cold and to not do any hard starts/acceleration/revs until it goes off.

That would be in your OM.
 

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Is the "oil light" blue?

If it is blue, that is normal and supposed to happen. It is not the oil level, but a warning saying that the oil temp is cold and to not do any hard starts/acceleration/revs until it goes off.

That would be in your OM.
The blue light is for coolant temperature, not oil. Still, it could be the confusion.
 

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The blue light is for coolant temperature, not oil. Still, it could be the confusion.
Ah, you are right....brain fart. I do believe it says in there that that is why you should wait for any hard accelerations/high revs is because the coolant temp is still too cold....inferring that the oil is also still cold.

Which, people we saying that even though the [coolant] light was off, the oil may still not be up to operating temp.
 

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The light I'm talking about is blue. So it's normal then?
The blue light is the coolant temp light if I am not mistaken. It is blue on first cold start, and stays on until coolant is warmed to normal operating temp, then goes out.
 
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