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Oil warning light polo 2004

A coulple of days ago the oil warning ligh came on on my car. i topped up the oil - however i has since come back on. i have re checked it and there is plenty of oil - can any one advise ?

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Your oil sensor may be faulty, your pump may be bad, or your may have a leak since you said the fluid level is okay.

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