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Old 08-08-2005, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently purchased a 2002 525i and it keeps showing that I need an oil change. I proceeded to lift the hood and I couldn't even spot the oil filter!! I know, I know, I am new to this BMW game...

Anyway, can someone please tell me where it is, where to get a new one (filter), and simple directions to change the oil and reset the oil inspection light (preferably without having to buy a electronic resetter; I am an Electrical Engineer, so feel free to get technical)?

Also, my BMW has a telephone button just below the Audio button and just above the time button on the console, and I am not sure if it has the capability for cell phone hands-free hook up or if it is just there to look cool. help!

One last thing:

I bought the car and it has what looks like water spots on the windsheild; I tried windex, a very fine steel wool scrub brush, acetone.... NOTHING WORKS! It looks terrible... Any suggestions?
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Welcome to the BMW club. How do you like her so far?
The oil filter is in a black canister with a plastic nut that is part of the lid. I believe it's around 23 mm large.

It's easy to spot once you know that your looking for that.

If you want to reset your service lights - you open the diagnostic port (little screw cap about 3" diameter) and it should have a bunch of pins in there. You simply switch the key to position two in the ignition and then take a wire stripped on both ends and ground pin 7 for 3 - 4 seconds.

Do it for longer (7 - 9 sec) if you want to reset inspection lights.

good luck

oh and the cell phone thing, I could be wrong - but I believe it is a button for when the car comes with the "car phone"
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MS..welcome to the forum...here is a link with some pictures..although for an older car..the idea is the same......newer has what looks like a black nut // 36 mm socket.....good luck

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http://www.dol.net/~stimpee/e36_ofc1.htm


the cell phone button in my car mutes the radio so I can talk and listen....
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YES!.. 36mm nut... good thing you clarified that.
I remember now - I had the hardest time finding a tool to get that cap off!
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So the phone only works if there is one already installed OEM?

And anything about the windshield?

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