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Old 11-05-2006, 03:03 PM   #121
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I just did it this morning.After a few try.
Make sure the wire is properly contact with pin 7, key on position II (before start the engine)
sometime inside the pin 7 is dirty.
I just connect from pin 7 to the body ground directly(strut bold is a good ground).
it back to 15535 miles

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Old 01-22-2007, 02:36 PM   #122
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:40 AM   #123
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Hmm, I need to do this again.
Yep, it's been reset now. Priceless info.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:25 PM   #124
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As mentioned before, the pin grounding method is indeed time-critical. The time to reset the oil counter is exactly 3 seconds, not at least 3 seconds (which is how I interpreted it). Apparently the circuitry is more sophisticated than I thought.

The procedure that I used which worked on my 6/99 build:

1. Put the key in and turn to position 2.
2. Go to the connector. Stick one end of the paper clip firmly in either one of the two pins.
3. Put the other end in the other pin and count to 3 seconds, then pull it out. You may need to practice a few times (i.e. have the paperclip bent correctly) so that you make clean contact the minute you stick it in and so that you can pull it out exactly after the necessary time has elapsed.
4. Turn key to off, then position 1 - and my car now shows "service inspection 15### miles" as expected.

Again - the key is to keep the pin grounded for precisely the ammount necessary, no more, no less.

This procedure works. Like mentioned, timing has to be correct so no more or no less than 3 secs. I had to do it over 10 times before I got to this post, and followed instructions listed and it worked. Follow these instructions and it will work.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:13 AM   #125
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I'm a huge proponent of effective, free maintenance. I've done the paper clip trick several times with great success. I believe it's even outlined in the Bentley manual.

If for some reason you're uncomfortable with performing this easy reset, consider the Peake Reset Tool (click photo below). The basic reset tool sells for $49.99, and works on cars through 1999. The R5-FCXII will reset oil service lights as well as read and reset BMW factory engine codes. Models are available for BMWs from 1987-2003 (and some '04s).

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Old 02-09-2007, 09:17 AM   #126
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i knew this methode.. a while ago.. like 4 years. I found it in a book haynes manual e36 type. Since that time i reset my inspection and oil service by my self.. . but the people on this forum are great because if your ask a garage how they do it.. they wont tell you a bit so i am very happy that they are tell us this thing. it will save you some cash maybe not much but its a good feeling if you can do it your self. respect.
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:43 PM   #127
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wow... it works on mine (00 323i)... Thx Darkmanlfe!!
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Old 03-26-2007, 06:20 AM   #128
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Did mine 2 nights ago, thx for the info!
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:02 AM   #129
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Here's another way to reset oil counter on 2001 model

"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. "
I did this method, and it worked on my 00' 323i. I could not find the other electronic device to jump the pins......can anyone tell me where this device is under the hood? What is located near? Pics?? (for future reference)

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Old 03-28-2007, 02:30 PM   #130
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I did this method, and it worked on my 00' 323i. I could not find the other electronic device to jump the pins......can anyone tell me where this device is under the hood? What is located near? Pics?? (for future reference)

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If the method you mentioned has worked for you, there's no need for you to use any kind of jumper.

As for pics (see first post if that's what you're referring to).
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Old 03-28-2007, 04:09 PM   #131
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Yes...I saw the first set of pics...but it does not give me any help on where the device is located. It is too close to the device.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:09 PM   #132
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Tampa, Check your build date. Late 2000s do not have the multi pin conector under the hood but use the odometer/ignition reset method. Early 2000 and prior years have the multi pin conector.

Enjoy being able to reset from inside the car and not having o find a paper clip.
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:27 PM   #133
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dude, the data link connector is only for 99-00 models. for your '03, theres a completely different method to reset the light;

B. 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, END SIA should show up for a few seconds. All done.
HAHAHAH this is great... I did it once, and it didnt work. I had to bring the laptop in the car with me to read the instructions. Cobra your the man !!
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:11 PM   #134
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where is the od located at i hace a 2000 bmw 323 cici cant seem to find it.the empty compartment is just my traction control.please show me pics where to look thanks a million.
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:25 PM   #135
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I found this thread on a nice random thread. I need to set my oil service back,since my mechanic didnt do it last time.

Will this effect the sequence in which you get inspection service alerts? Since i bought my car at 60k i havnt seen a inspection 2 indicator, if i reset the oild service will it effect the service inspection indicator?

By the way i did the carfax prior to buying so hopefully there guarentee on accurate milage is true.

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Old 06-11-2007, 01:32 PM   #136
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I just did this and it worked fine. Thanks darkmanlfe
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:40 PM   #137
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for everyone that is having trouble just draw out the diagrahm and shade the metal pins... the pics here maybe confusing but after shading and drawing in the plastic posts worked first time...
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:14 PM   #138
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:24 PM   #139
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