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Old 06-30-2004, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I found a service reset tool for around $45 ... do they come cheaper then this or is that average. Please provide a link where I can purchase. :P
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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normally the basic ones are around $100...http://www.bavauto.com has one under the tools section for a little more i think...
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I'm talking about the oil lights and inspection lights ... not the check engine etc. along with the service lights.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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U don't need to buy that tool!!!

Simply take a wire, connect PIN 7 to GROUND and reset your oil and inspection lights.


For more details go to:
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/electrica...ice_lights.html

It worked for me, it should work for u too!!

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Old 06-30-2004, 09:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Its true. All that tool is is a simple switch. It has two pins that contact that ones named above, and when you flick the switch, the wires inside connect, completeing the circuit and shorting the system to force a reset.
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea you dont even need the reset tool. The method above worked for me
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Do yourself a favor and invest in the reset tool with code read. It will more than pay for itself when that Check Engine light comes on for not so serious trouble. Of course, that same paper clip will reset the check engine light but when that check engine light will not stay out due to a problem, you will not know what the cause of the fault is. It could be minor or it could be major. Now you will be at the mercy of the stealership who will charge you an arm and leg and can BS the hell out of you.
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you could even take it to advance auto, and they will read the code for you
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or just go to the dealership, because when that light comes on, you need to fix\replace somthing anyways. Every time my engine light came on, something was broken or malfunctioning badly.
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The only time my check engine light came on, I read the code,I replaced the gas cap and that was it. The dealer mechanic or any mechanic for that matter could have told me anything and charge me a fortune. Even if your mechanical abilities are limited, at least with the tool you won't have to take the car in for repar totally ignoramt of whats wrong with uor car.
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