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#1 (permalink) Old 01-21-2005, 09:38 PM
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I have a '92 318iC with the M42 engine. I guess I'm not too particular since I bought it based on a Carfax report and the way it looked and sounded; the odometer wasn't even working. I'll be doing my own maintenance and not much scares me about that. It'll certainly never see the inside of a BMW dealer's shop.
Well, now that I'm in the process of replacing the odometer gears (I'm reading up on the SI board batteries and considering light bulb maintenance as well while in there...,) I'm wondering why I would spend money on a service indicator reset tool when I could just pull the service indicator board/power/lights, or something to that effect. Whad'ya think?
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Or you could spend the five dollars and make your own tool. I really need to scan this article and pin it to the board... some people just do the "unbend a paperclip and short the two pins" thing, but I found a neat article in the BMW Enthusiast's Companion that showed me how to make my own tool, and I have used it for both my car and someone else's E36.. so I'll see if I can scan the article and pin it here.
You could take the whole SI assembly out.... but the satisfaction of saving either $120 dollars on a tool, or $40 dollars to take it to the dealer is just too much...



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Or you could spend the five dollars and make your own tool. I really need to scan this article and pin it to the board... some people just do the "unbend a paperclip and short the two pins" thing, but I found a neat article in the BMW Enthusiast's Companion that showed me how to make my own tool, and I have used it for both my car and someone else's E36.. so I'll see if I can scan the article and pin it here.
You could take the whole SI assembly out.... but the satisfaction of saving either $120 dollars on a tool, or $40 dollars to take it to the dealer is just too much...



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I need to reset the oil change or service lights on the 1987 325is with motronic engine controller... I do not have the tool and was wondering if you could send a link or post up how to do it...

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Just today I reset my inspection light using the tutorial found at
http://www.noren.com/bmw/e30reset.htm. Everything went fine, and Im sure that I connected the right ports, but after I removed my jumper wire and switched on the ignition, the 5 green LED's lit up. Sometimes they will stay on even after I start the engine, and other times they will turn off. I am 100% sure that I've never seen these light up before.

Did I accidently perform an inspection reset? if thats the case what should I do?
Thanks guys
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Just today I reset my inspection light using the tutorial found at
http://www.noren.com/bmw/e30reset.htm. Everything went fine, and Im sure that I connected the right ports, but after I removed my jumper wire and switched on the ignition, the 5 green LED's lit up. Sometimes they will stay on even after I start the engine, and other times they will turn off. I am 100% sure that I've never seen these light up before.

Did I accidently perform an inspection reset? if thats the case what should I do?
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Oh wait, nevermind.

From the Bentley 3-series service manual:
"When the ignition is turned on, the green LEDs come on. They go out when the engine is started. Immediately after a maintenance service, all five LEDs will be illuminated. As the car is driven in normal use, fewer and fewer green LED's will be illuminated..."

I didnt know these lights were supposed to be on since when I bought the car it already was at the "inspection" phase
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