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Old 04-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #201
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So I previously had the SES in due to a miss fire on cylinder 5 I reset using the paper clip 9 seconds and it worked. I had my valve cover gasket changed yesterday an every thing was fine till this morning car is fine running great, I stopped at the store and when I came back to start the car I found my A/C on "frost button light" which wasn't on before I made that stop. Tried this method again and I have no luck. Would changing the valve cover gasket has any thing to do with this?
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:43 PM   #202
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I have a '99 328i and it finally worked after several tries. As other people have said, you must short it for exactly 3 seconds. It wasn't working for me because I was just counting to 3 or doing 1-mississippi, etc. I guess my counting wasn't accurate enough. Finally I took a stopwatch and held the clip in for exactly 3 seconds and it worked!! Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:21 AM   #203
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This is a process I pulled from a video I found on another website. I haven't tried it yet but I'm changing oil later today and I'll give it a try after that...

"After Mid-2000: You should not have the 20-pin DLC connector. 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, EMD SIA should show up for a few seconds. All Done "

It sounds pretty simple and certainly beats a couple of hundred bucks for some fancy test module!
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #204
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After trying it different ways it finally worked 1999 328i build date 09/1998

Heres how i did it:

1: Take the cap off The DLC.
2: Turn key to position 2.
3: Shut the driver side door.
4: Ground pin 7 to the ground stud for 3-5 sec ( its a short window so make sure you use a stopwatch)
5: Replace the DLC cap.
6: Turn the ignition to off then back to position 2, and bamm it should work.

Of course many other people have tried it the regular way and it worked for them, but it just didn't work for me. So i had to figure out a different way to do it.

Good luck!
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #205
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Any difference for newer models

Will this work for a 04? Or does anyone know if there is a topic on resetting the oil service?
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #206
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OK, I read back a few pages and I'm gonna try when I change my oil.... Always seem to get the answer
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #207
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One thing that I don't think was mentioned in this. I had a hard time doing it today. I tried every which of grounding the pins, grounding the pins together to ground with a piece of wire. I then tried the paper clip every which way again. I finally got it to work by pushing the paper clip in ALL the way in on pin 7 and 19. No need to ground them to ground for me.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:52 PM   #208
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A can't get my 323 1999 to do it help lol
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:21 PM   #209
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BTW, the connector is an OBDII connector! The connector changed for the 2001 MY.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:40 AM   #210
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #211
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DOSENT work on my 04/99 323ci uk car tried both methods neither work what are you suppose to do
once you have counted to 3 put cap back on or turn key back then put cap back on?????
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #212
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It worked pin 7 to strut as ground bolt no 19 pin ignition on cap off ground 7 cap on ignition off then back on bingo!!!!
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:30 PM   #213
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I have a '99 328i. I tried the paperclip ground between pin 7 and pin 19 with the key in position 2 but it didn't work. After waiting for 3 seconds and pulling the paperclip out I went to look at the dash and it was flashing the oil inspection milage a few times but then goes away without resetting. Ideas?
I also tried grounding pin 7 to the bolt next to the DLC connector but also with no result.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:40 AM   #214
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I know this is an old thread but I just wanted to post up my experience with resetting the oil service light....my first post too by the way!

I'm the proud owner of a new to me 2000 323i...bought it a couple weeks ago and it has a build date of 04/2000.

Anyway, before I tried the paper clip reset trick I went and tried the left button gauge cluster reset procudure. Low and behold it worked like a charm!

Like others though, the display went from showing miles to the next oil service to now showing miles to the next Inspection (15xxx). I think I figured this out. Since BMW recommends 15K miles between oil changes and I believe 30K miles between Inspection I and II (which include an oil change), the Oil Service and Inspection light will alternate between every other reset. If you reset it when it showed "oil service" it will show miles to the next inspection. If you reset it when it showed miles to "inspection", it will then show miles to the next "oil service".

Personally, I'm going to change my oil every 7500 miles so I will end up doing 2 oil changes between inspections.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:48 AM   #215
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Reset oil service light BMW E46. From years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
How do you reset oil for BMW service light BMW E46.
Turn key switch ON or when start engine. The instrument panel will display OIL Service or INSPECTION and left distance for several seconds

[COLOR=black]If Service or INSPECTION are lit all the time and the left distance is next to 0? it indicates that it needs oil service reset.
Reset by manual.
  1. Press RESET button in the left of instrument panel.
  2. Turn key ON and to ACC position.
  3. Waiting for the instrument displays OIL Service or INSPECTION is flashed.
  4. Release RESET button, then press five seconds, the screen will display RESR or RE is flashed.
Release RESET button again and press again till the screen displays 25000km.
Now reset of a oil service light on a BMW E46 is completed.
When you find there is bar symbol in front of the left distance number in the screen, and you can.

That it is the full procedure how to reset oil service light BMW E46. If you like to reset any maintenance oil light after an oil change. Or reset check engine light, airbag light, inspection key or insp errors when maint reqd, for BMW cars. Or any error which appears on the display. Write in the search box the car name for which you want to find information, and find how to reset other service reminders when by yourself.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:31 PM   #216
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Excellent, worked perfectly the first time. Thanks a million!
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:23 AM   #217
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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.
Yeah ! I have just reset mine; many thanks my dear friend. Make sure it is exactly 3 seconds (I used a stop watch; pls note: it failed when i tried 5, 6 and 7 secs). I turned the key to position 2 (just before starting the car), i got out and connected Pin 7 to negative terminal of my battery and press my stop watch at the same time, i pulled off exactly at 3 second; i got into the car turned it off and then to position 2 again and it said 25,000 inspection ... [by the way i used a piece of cat5 network cable( one of the twisted pairs) ]

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Old 03-04-2014, 11:25 AM   #218
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:01 PM   #219
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Hey, I got the oil reset just fine. Currently I am trying to clear the codes I recently acquired, I have tryed many many times and am wondering if the SES is different from a check engine light?

I just don't want to keep trying if the CEL needs a scan tool to reset. I know what it was and its fixed...
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:08 PM   #220
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Can the service/oil indicator be reset before the remaining miles hit 0? I did an oil change when there is still 1500 mi left. I tried the paper clip method (which previously worked on my car) and it doesn't reset.
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