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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-16-2004, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Oil Service light came on.... the oil was just changed 1000 mi. ago so I added some oil. It stayed on.... what does my car want me to do? Whats the inspection light? What do those green lights do?


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Is this the oil light in the overhead diagnostics console, the green/red bar at the bottom of the dashboard, or the actual red oil pressure warning light on the dash?
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Not exactly sure on this one but ill give it a shot. Since I have a 79 im not lucky enough to have this technology, but I would say you need to reset the service light with a reset tool or maybe there is a button by the Diag. port. Your car wont magically know that you have changed the oil.
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I would also like to know what exactly those lights are saying...

I think Blitzed has it right. I remember a post that said something like ignore the lights...as long as you know when you changed the oil that's all tha matters.
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BMW E30 service light rest

The old style (pre-88) E30s have the rounded connectors, the newer ones have the other style, properly circular.

To sum up, you need to short pins 7 and 19. Then switch the ignition to the point where the gauges come on and you can use the blower motors. Watch the service indicators and when they reset, turn off the ignition and remove the short.

It's just your car's built in trip computer telling you it's approaching 6,000 miles or whatever since its last reset.
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