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Old 07-21-2005, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody know how to get all my little green service lights back without bringing the car to BMW. I have a 1997 528i.
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Old 07-21-2005, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you have to buy youself a reset tool for about $100.......I use R5 FCXll scan/reset tool.....made by peake research.......there is a way to jump the wires but I don't like it.....playing around with otherwise expensive electronics

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you have to buy youself a reset tool for about $100.......I use R5 FCXll scan/reset tool.....made by peake research.......there is a way to jump the wires but I don't like it.....playing around with otherwise expensive electronics

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Thamks Bill. I bought one on ebay but its just for the service lights cost me 49 bucks. You think I should have went for the other one you spoke of? Regards frank
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To get the green lights back, you only need to spend $0.10 on a small legnth of wire. No fancy equipment necessary for such a simple procedure!

The wire jumping procedure isn't dangerous in the least if your somewhat comfortable with your car. I mean - you do it by grounding the wire. It's not like it has power and your going to short it - the only way you could damage it is by connecting it to a positive lead.

The reset tools work in the same way. It jumpers the reset pin with a ground pin when you press the button.
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Any idea which pin you ground?


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To get the green lights back, you only need to spend $0.10 on a small legnth of wire. No fancy equipment necessary for such a simple procedure!

The wire jumping procedure isn't dangerous in the least if your somewhat comfortable with your car. I mean - you do it by grounding the wire. It's not like it has power and your going to short it - the only way you could damage it is by connecting it to a positive lead.

The reset tools work in the same way. It jumpers the reset pin with a ground pin when you press the button.
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The pin holes to jumper are #7-#19, iginition to position #2 and 4 seconds for oil reset, 7 seconds for whole enchilada. Heavy gauge wire and you might wish to put a low amp fuse in the wire (I never did). Go to:
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Guys I have heard sorry stories about wire jumping......If the money is an issue here any place like Jeffy lubes and or auto zones will do it for free.... rather than jumping electronics......up to you of course

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I jumped mine. Easiest thing ever. Short pin 7 to 19 for a few seconds and greens are back. Cost = nothing.
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Guys I have heard sorry stories about wire jumping......If the money is an issue here any place like Jeffy lubes and or auto zones will do it for free.... rather than jumping electronics......up to you of course

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I suppose if you jumper the wrong pins... other than that there is no danger.

These machines aren't super advanced space-crafts or anything. The e39 has already hit 8 years old - simple technology. Just pay attention to what you do.
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