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Old 01-29-2006, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Service Indicator Reset?

I recently had an oil change done on my E39, and they forgot to reset the service indicator. I am 1.5 hours from the nearest dealer.

Is there any way to reset this yourself, or (as I suspect) does it require a special tool?

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I have to disclaim any liability for the instructions as I know of people who have messed this up and gotten into a sh*t load of trouble with their electronics. I have done this myself and was successful, but can't guarantee it... That being said http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html

I just used a piece of wire, unlike what this site has you use...

"With the ignition switch at (position two) and the engine not running, grounding pin seven (7) of the diagnostic connector for approximately three (3) seconds will reset the oil service lights. Grounding pin seven (7) for approximately twelve (12) seconds will do an inspection service reset."

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I have to disclaim any liability for the instructions as I know of people who have messed this up and gotten into a sh*t load of trouble with their electronics. I have done this myself and was successful, but can't guarantee it... That being said http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html

I just used a piece of wire, unlike what this site has you use...

"With the ignition switch at (position two) and the engine not running, grounding pin seven (7) of the diagnostic connector for approximately three (3) seconds will reset the oil service lights. Grounding pin seven (7) for approximately twelve (12) seconds will do an inspection service reset."
worked on my e34, with a piece of wire.

unless you ground the wrong pin, there is absolutely nothing you can do wrong ... it might not reset on your first try if you don't time it right, but thats about it.

still, do at your own risk. we cant be responsible.
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I don't know where you live, but if the car was serviced under BMW warranty, (oil service) have the dealer drive the 1.5 hour to your house and reset the indicator. If they resist, take it up with BMW customer service. They are normally quick to (re)act. Good luck. ZZ
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worked on my e34, with a piece of wire.

unless you ground the wrong pin, there is absolutely nothing you can do wrong ... it might not reset on your first try if you don't time it right, but thats about it.

still, do at your own risk. we cant be responsible.
I've done this twice with my E39, most recently last week, without any problem. My only suggestion: If you leave the wire in more than about 5 seconds it will reset the inspection counter as well as the oil service timer. Get a friend (or your wife : ) to pull the wire out in time. Otherwise it's a sprint from the cockpit back to the engine to grab it in time.
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I was too chicken to try the wire grounding thingy - so I bought the Bavauto tool that resets lights and checks/clears code/ inspection what have you...
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Wow, thanks guys. All liability absolved...
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I don't know where you live, but if the car was serviced under BMW warranty, (oil service) have the dealer drive the 1.5 hour to your house and reset the indicator. If they resist, take it up with BMW customer service. They are normally quick to (re)act. Good luck. ZZ
I don't know how it is on e39, but on e34, you put ignition in pos2, ground it, then you can just turn key back to off when the time u want is there ... i think ...

i dont worry about it, since my car is bound to never see a dealership, i just reset the inspection and everything else every time.
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Hold down the odometer button and turn the key into position 1. You should see test 1 that comes up on the cluster. Wait until reset comes up, let go and then hold until it starts flashing. Once flashing, let go and push again. Done.
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