Red triangle when turning left

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  1. lpf

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    When I'm turning left, above 60Km/h I'm hearing a noise from the right side. Yesterday red triangle turned on instantaneously, then turned off. Also, when I'm parking the car I hear noises when I'm turning the steering wheel, left or right. I'm thinking about stabilizers, torsion bar or something around there. Any suggestions on what to examine, welcome
     
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    I would examine your engine oil level first
     
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    Yes, checked, found at low level and topped up. Is there any way to check oil except the stick? Used to the dashboard dial in my previous car I do not remember to check oil...
     
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    The driver remembering to check the dipstick is the primary method.

    A web forum reminding the driver to check the dipstick is back up #1

    Warning lights during left turns is back up #2
     
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    about 25 years ago, I started checking the oil level at every fuel stop.

    if it drops enough between fuel stops to do damage, it's likely to have serious damage without the oil level being a concern ;-)
     
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    The light means the engine has no oil pressure and therefore lubrication is reduced or gone. Metal on metal is really bad.

    I started checking the oil at every fill-up about 50 years ago when I got my first motorized vehicle. Years before that, I started looking both ways before crossing the street. Two very minor inconveniences with the potential to save a person a whole lot of inconvenience. ;)
     
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    Thanks, all posters, for solving my bewilderment. Really is very innovative way to check oil level, when cornering. And to get back to my first post here, the noise problem comes from the vertical stabilizers, which I will replace asap.
     
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    Well, not to put too fine a point on things, but people have been using this method to destroy engines for about a hundred years. :LOL:

    Glad you found the noise problem. (y)(y)
     
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