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Ok, I'v read that you can pull your fault codes by pressing the gas pedal all the way to the floor 5 times in under 5 seconds after you put the key to the 2nd position (just before it turns on.
First off, in my initial attempts this hasn't really worked. Anyone gotten it to work have any advice for me?
Secondly, my check engine light DOES NOT come one when i start the car. Does this mean my LED which lights up the check engine sign is not working? Anyone know the part number for the bulb back there???
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Well, depending on build date the stomp test may or may not work. The early cars like my 1988 750 with build of 11/87 had no CEL or stomp test capability. If your car has the CEL light then the stomp should work.
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my ride = (january)'93 325i. i've heard of other people being able to do this. I *think* i may not be pressing the petal quikcly enough.
but otherwise...should my CEL come on when i start the motor?
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nookatee, i have an 01/93 too and it does work. I had a HELLacious time getting it to initiate. You must click the key to position 2- all or most of the lights should illuminate including the CHECK ENGINE light. The CHECK ENGINE light will stay illuminated..As soon as you click into position 2 stomp the pedal completely allowing full range of motion for 5 times. DO THIS FAST! You must have pressed the pedal 5 times before the ABS light goes out. Dont ask me why, but the ABS light is the key. Once you did it correctly the CHECK ENGINE light will blink and start it's sequence

EDIT: just went to my car and did it. The yellow ABS light comes on for maybe 2 seconds then goes out. Press the pedal 5 times before it goes out and you should get it..

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i was looking at the wrong light..it is actually the red SRS light that you must time too. Press the pedal 5 times and on the 5th time must be exactly as the SRS light is going out- like 3 seconds of time to do this in- no more or less. It will not work if your even a fraction too fast or slow.. Then the CHECK ENGINE light starts its blinking.. The red SRS light on the far right not the ABS light..my bad

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i was looking at the wrong light..it is actually the red SRS light that you must time too. Press the pedal 5 times and on the 5th time must be exactly as the SRS light is going out- like 3 seconds of time to do this in- no more or less. It will not work if your even a fraction too fast or slow.. Then the CHECK ENGINE light starts its blinking.. The red SRS light on the far right not the ABS light..my bad
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but isnt SRS for the airbag, wht if we dnt have an airbag then we dont have tht light!?

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its the CEL light!
If there is nothing wrong with your car, you will get a reading or 4321 or you will get nothing even if you are pressing the pedal right.
I got these readings last month after my ABS light came on. I wanted the code but my CEL gave me 4321 on like 5 different occasion. Anyway, the mechanic told me that the computer read out that everything was fine when the read the codes with professional equipment. Even BMW got no codes for the ABS light.
SO this means that it does work, but you have to have some legitamite malfunction before you'll see codes after pressing the gas 5 times.

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Here's the thing. Number one. I don't see an SRS light OR a CEL when I start the engine. I'm thinking that either my light bulbs are blown, i'm not doing the petal thing correctly or a combination thereof.
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whts the CEL light, because this wont work for me either lol the only thing tht does work is startin the car with the trip meter pressed down! but thts a diff thing all together so yea!

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CEL = check engine light
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so the square light tht says 'check' in the middle!? well on my car tht only comes on when there is actually a problem, last time i saw it on was when i had a low water level in my window washing thing!

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okay let me explain futher.. There is a CHECK (yellow) light and a CHECK ENGINE (red) light.. two different lights. The yellow check light is for OBC faults- "headlight out"- "low washer fluid"- "Taillight failure" this has nothing to do with what we are trying to do.

The fault code sequence will initiate regardless if there is a fault or not. So at anytime you should be able to activate the sequence- it will just read out the code for no more faults.

Shouldn't all E36's have airbags?? I am pretty sure they were standard equipment... but anyways I am only saying to time your pedal stomping to the SRS light. This light comes on when you click the key to position 2 and goes out after like 2.5-3 seconds. You must press the pedal accordingly so that right when the SRS light goes out, you should have just finished your 5th stomp. The SRS light goes out and then the CHECK ENGINE light will start to blink out the codes. AGAIN the SRS light is only used to time your stomps and has nothing to with the actual code reading..

nookatee, you say you are "starting" your car.. your car should not be started to do the fault code readings. You should have it in position 2 (the click right before you start your engine and the dash lights come on). If you are doing this and you dont see the said lights illuminating, then the bulbs must be burnt out and you must pull the cluster to change them out..

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OK, I dig what you're sayin 93 325i. That's exactly what I'm doing and I'm not seeing any lights come on. I'm thinking that my bulbs are burnt out. Let me know if you've changed them before. The Bently manual says I have to remove the steering wheel and disable the air bag. If anyone has removed the cluster before, let me know what steps you took to do it and how much the bentley manual is being overly thorough.
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you dont have to take the steering wheel off. It is easier to remove the cluster with the wheel off, but you can wiggle it out regardless. You'll have to turn the wheel all the way in a certain direction I think..It is a tight squeeze but people have done it w/o removing the steering wheel.

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ok, I found a pretty good DIY (on the DIY page of all places) that outlines how to replace the bulbs. Anyone know how many and what kind of bulbs I need to get? It doesn't seem like they have them at autozone. I see that Bavauto.com has a few different kinds of bulbs. I figure I may as well replace them all.
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