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Old 10-18-2005, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering if my 320i coupe (build date 12/1994) has the self diagnostics feature where i can read fault codes etc?

do i just press the Accelerator 5 times when the ignition is on, or do i need to buy a fault reader or something??


thanks if you can help as i've been searching all day and can't find anything on it.
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know wxactly what the procedure is, but you should be able to run the self-diagnostics on your vehicle. All pre-96 vehicles are OBDI, which allows for the pedal diagnostics. Furthermore, I think OBDII didn't get implemented in all vehicles poutside of the US until a few years after that, so certainly yours is OBDI.
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So do i just press the accelerator 5 times when the ignition is on?

what will happen then? will a number come up on the dash?
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kilocharlie- from the off pos. turn your key 2 clicks (which i believe is the on pos. right before you start the car) and you must press the gas pedal all of the way to the floor 5x before the abs light goes out. timing is key when doing this, so keep trying and you will get it. then your abs light will start to flash and that sequence is the fault code. you can find out the code descriptions in your bentley. hope this helps.
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kilocharlie- from the off pos. turn your key 2 clicks (which i believe is the on pos. right before you start the car) and you must press the gas pedal all of the way to the floor 5x before the abs light goes out. timing is key when doing this, so keep trying and you will get it. then your abs light will start to flash and that sequence is the fault code. you can find out the code descriptions in your bentley. hope this helps.
Does this work for all e36's?
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Oh cry me a river you OBDII people. You guys can build your own system diagnostic systems. Go to your local book store and look for a book called Geek my Ride. Somewhere in the later chapters it tells you about buildign a computer/harness system to read out your own codes.
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kilocharlie- from the off pos. turn your key 2 clicks (which i believe is the on pos. right before you start the car) and you must press the gas pedal all of the way to the floor 5x before the abs light goes out. timing is key when doing this, so keep trying and you will get it. then your abs light will start to flash and that sequence is the fault code. you can find out the code descriptions in your bentley. hope this helps.
many thanks to all that helped, i'ma try it tonight.

can't believe you have to time the blinks of the dash light and depending if its a 1 or 2 sec blink that determines if its a 1 or 2 in the 4 digit code.

Its like they're trying to make it difficult!!

Thanks again tho!!
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