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Old 02-27-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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Oil and Engine Service Light Reset for 99-00 e46

This applies to earlier e46 models. eg. 99-00 with OBCI.

1. Locate the 20-PIN DLC Connector. It is located under the hood, passenger side empty compartment.

It looks like this.




2. Turn the key to position 2. key position before the engine start.

3. For OIL RESET, just ground PIN 7 and PIN 19 for 3 seconds.

4. For ENGINE SERVICE light, ground PIN 7 and PIN 19 for 9 seconds.
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Old 02-28-2004, 02:06 AM   #2
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Do you need to connect both pin 7 ands 19 at the same time to a ground ?
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Old 02-28-2004, 07:23 AM   #3
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Do you need to connect both pin 7 ands 19 at the same time to a ground ?
Just take a paper clip and connect PIN 7 (service) and PIN 19 (ground)
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:37 PM   #4
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no luck

Thx, i have tried this but with no result. A friend of mine did reset the km's (miles) with a reset tool a wile ago, than it came back to 25.000 km. Now at this time it is showing 21.300 km on the service display and i just give the service ( oil and filters ) because i didnt have time for it earlyer and i want to reset it again so it's will show back the 25.000km interval display. I have not acses for the reset tool at this time. My 328Ci is build '99, it was the first of this model E46 Coupe in Belgium.
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Old 02-28-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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I tried this on my Oct. 99 build '00 328i and it didnt work either...
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Old 02-28-2004, 07:01 PM   #6
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let me repeat this. turn the car ON position. No engine start...

short pin 7 and pin 19 with a paper clip for 3 secs for oil reset.

Make sure you are shorting pin 7 and pin 19 as described on the picture.

Again, this work on my car OBCI and 20-pin DLC Connector.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:27 PM   #7
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Just take a paper clip and connect PIN 7 (service) and PIN 19 (ground)
I just tried this at lunch time. It didn't work. Nothing happened.

I pushed the paperclip all the way down as far as it would go.

Nada.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:39 AM   #8
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I just tried this at lunch time. It didn't work. Nothing happened.

I pushed the paperclip all the way down as far as it would go.

Nada.
I tried again. Nothing. I feel like a horse's azz. I pushed the paperclip as far down as it would go.

My inspection states -4000 miles already. ha ha. I just want to reset this nonsense. I may just have to invest in a Peake Tool.
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:45 PM   #9
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Worked like a champ for my 2003 325i. I used the reset button on the instrument cluster and it worked perfectly. Thanks to all those who gave input...
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #10
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I tried again. Nothing. I feel like a horse's azz. I pushed the paperclip as far down as it would go.

My inspection states -4000 miles already. ha ha. I just want to reset this nonsense. I may just have to invest in a Peake Tool.
Just make sure there is good contact. Keep at it. It works.

As for the Peake Tool, yeah...very nice and quick reset.
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:00 PM   #11
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Tried it on a 2000 323 Ci coupe with june 1999 on the engine block and also didn't work.
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:05 PM   #12
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Between the two methods available they should work. If you are having problems I would try both methods and make sure you car really conciseness of the times in the process. It is not conceivable that you have a car that is not able to recognize a standard reprogram command. Everyone has used the available methods and they have worked for every model and year so I can only assume operator error.

I am trying to be pleasant, but to complain that it doesn’t work is likely BS and you need to perfect the simple method…
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Between the two methods available they should work. If you are having problems I would try both methods and make sure you car really conciseness of the times in the process. It is not conceivable that you have a car that is not able to recognize a standard reprogram command. Everyone has used the available methods and they have worked for every model and year so I can only assume operator error.
Thanks for being so sure. I tried the "odo reset" method which seemed clear not to work with my car (since it's a 6/99 car) and it did not work - that is, I got the "test" numbers that people have commented on.

I then found this post, which I tried, and it did nothing. I later found http://www.unofficialbmw.com/repair_faqs/sil.html and tried it again, figuring if I had found it twice I must be doing something wrong. This time I did as in the webpage - put the paperclip in first then put the key in and turn it so I could sit in the car and wait for the reset to happen. I put a thick paperclip in there and I made sure it was not loose so unless the connectors are $%@ it was making contact. Went in the car, turned to position two, and waited at least 30 seconds. Nothing happened. Turned it off and then back on and the "service engine soon" light was on as was the warning for "oil service -5000 miles".

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I am trying to be pleasant, but to complain that it doesn’t work is likely BS and you need to perfect the simple method…
Why are you even getting worked up about it? If I'm such an idiot why do you care?
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I was not getting worked up about it. I tried it about 10 times before it worked for me. I dont really car one way or the other, but I have used this method and it works for me.

The problem with posting that it doesnt work is people read it and try to reset the light once and give up on it. The point of the board is too help people and that is hopefully what this post does...

If you read this entire thread many have gotten it too work after trying a few times.
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Old 03-25-2004, 06:41 AM   #15
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what about 2001 and up models?
do i have to spend 200 bux on the reset tool? or it there a way to reset?
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Old 03-25-2004, 06:44 AM   #16
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Check the forums for 2001 and up models. Its even easier for you guys.....I think you hold down the trip odomoter reset button and then turn the key to on, and then push a few more buttons and its reset. I know i have seen it in the forums.
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OH MY GOD!!!!IT WORKS!!!!!

Thank you so much!!!!!
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OH MY GOD!!!!IT WORKS!!!!!

Thank you so much!!!!!
great news.. saving some cash on DIY is def. good.
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:47 PM   #19
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what about 2001 and up models?
do i have to spend 200 bux on the reset tool? or it there a way to reset?
Here's another way to reset oil counter on 2001 model

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What about if it's not under warranty anymore? What do you guys do about the counter?


here is how you reset the counter (i found it at bmw330ci.com):

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"i found this on some site, maybe helpful for you guys who change oil themselves
You only need to hold the left odometer reset button while turning the key to position 1 (Accessory). Keep holding the button for 5 or so seconds until any of the following shows in the display: OIL SERVICE or INSPECTION with RESET or RE. Release the button and press it again for another 5 or so seconds until RESET or RE flash. While the display flashes, press the button one more time briefly. If done correctly, END SIA should show up for a few seconds. All done. "
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Old 08-05-2004, 09:01 AM   #20
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