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bmw325
12-28-2001, 11:11 AM
Just got my Bentley manual and am learning all sorts of cool trivia.

To reset the indicator:
-The car should be off
-hold down the left instrument button (the trip odometer reset)
-while holding the key, turn the ignition to position 1 (radio)
-you will see a test menu
-keep holding the button
-after maybe 10 seconds, the word "reset" will appear
-let go of the button and press again
-THe indicator is reset!

In reading about the indicator, I also learned that BMW changed the way the intervals are calculated for cars post 6/2000.
For cars buiilt after this date, it is calculated based solely on gallons of fuel consumed (for example, 601 gallons for 328i manual).

Cars built prior to this date take into account other factors such as engine temp, # of cold starts, etc. I don't know why BMW bothered to change and simplify this-- if they already had the electronics, why not just leave it alone?

If you haven't done so, I highly recommend buying the Bentley manual. Even if you never plan to work on your car, you'll appreciate it so much more and will know if your dealer is blowing smoke when you take it in for service.

One other interesting fact-- some of you may know this-- but the whole E46 dashboard including the center console sides is 1 piece! I believe this was done to lessen the chance of rattles. The downside is that if you ever damage or crack any part of the dashboard, the whole thing would need to be pulled and replaced.

Anyway, I'll continue to post interesting tidbits as I come across them.

The HACK
12-28-2001, 11:26 AM
Are you sure it's 6/2000? I can do that on both of my cars and they're both produced prior to 6/2000. I believe the correct cut-off date is 9/99?

bmw325
12-28-2001, 11:33 AM
But hey, if you can do it, that's great. I'm also not sure if I believe what they say about the calculation for the service interval changing after 6/2000. I think its always been soley based on fuel consumed. They seem to imply in the manual that the older E46s had the lights-based maintenance system (like the one found on 5s and 7s). But I know this isn't true. Have you gotten your manual yet?

JPinTO
12-28-2001, 12:15 PM
On my 2000, when I keep holding the odo button in the "test" mode, it simply returns me to a diagnostic mode with some numbers and stuff. I never get a "reset" mode.

Mine was a first production 2000 (7/16/99) delivery so I presume it's 6/99 build.

I did find a "test" easter egg as my other post shows.

LilEccentricJ
12-28-2001, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by robg
Anyway, I'll continue to post interesting tidbits as I come across them.

robg, we should start a "Bentley Manual for E46" thread for all to post things of interest that they may come across in the E46 manual, w/ page numbers for others who have the book. I have been reading mine like it's literature or something, lol and am far less intimidated to HACK (no pun :)) at my car with it!

bmw325
12-28-2001, 02:45 PM
There's just so many. One thing I bet people here would be interested in is the chart that shows you what all of the hidden diagnostic tests actually do. But there's just so much-- I've been reading it like a novel too. Crazy, eh?

silroc
12-28-2001, 02:48 PM
but i dont see the value of resetting it while the car is still under warranty ? my mechanic did it when he changed the oil, and I was pissed at him ..... I could have gotten another free oil change soon if he didnt reset it


but thatks for the info - that manual sounds like such a great resource !!!!

ashecnc
12-28-2001, 02:55 PM
lilE, what does your sig mean, changed to lk standards..?

LilEccentricJ
12-28-2001, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by robg
There's just so many. One thing I bet people here would be interested in is the chart that shows you what all of the hidden diagnostic tests actually do. But there's just so much-- I've been reading it like a novel too. Crazy, eh?

We shall do the thread. One item I found most interesting and mind you, Iím not a mechanical engineer, was that the structure of the car was designed to bend at 26 Hertz and flex at 29 Hertz both of which are inaudible, now that takes some serious CAD system to take into account all the components that would thus be affected. Also, I would have thought the E46 to have more than 85% galvanized steel in the bodyÖ makes me wonder what panels/areas are not galvanized. Book page 400-4

And no, it's not crazy.. this is good reading!

jeddclampette
12-29-2001, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by LilEccentricJ


One item I found most interesting and mind you, Iím not a mechanical engineer, was that the structure of the car was designed to bend at 26 Hertz and flex at 29 Hertz both of which are inaudible, now that takes some serious CAD system to take into account all the components that would thus be affected.


I'm a mechanical engineering manager by profession and just thought it interesting reading on the specs of torsional stiffness. To put into proper context about CAD, it's not the CAD that generates the information on the material's stress/strain values. It is the analysis software after the CAD or concurrent with the CAD modeling, typically termed as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) in the engineering sector. I don't know which CAE software BMW uses for its analysis simulation, and there are just as many to boggle the mind, but in the USA, the more popular brands are Pro Engineer Mechanica and a low grade competitor named Algor. I've used both, and although I favor the Mechanica, the Algor costing at 1/3 less, is not that bad either.

jeddclampette
12-29-2001, 06:52 AM
Originally posted by LilEccentricJ


robg, we should start a "Bentley Manual for E46" thread for all to post things of interest that they may come across in the E46 manual, w/ page numbers for others who have the book.

If you don't have that Bentley's manual, and us e39 owners are still waiting for Bentley to get off their ass and go into print... :mad: and/or if the manual's instructions don't work, here's the old fashioned low tech way to do it.
:D:

Housed within the MoDiC plug (THe round 3" dia. diagnostic plug mounted to the fenderwell underneath the hood...not the rectangular plug for OBD-2 diagnostic located underneath the steering wheel) are a series of pins placed radially from the center. Locate the #7 pin connector. Get a #8 wire, or can use a common #18 ga wire and double up the strand so that there's a good connection inside of the 3/16" dia. terminal. You are going to ground the #7 pin (I used the ground terminal next to the MoDiC) after you turn the key to the 2nd position (this key position should show the service indicator lights on the dash). It takes about 5-7 seconds of grounding to leak out the current of the storage capacitor and charge up all of the 5 green lights.

I've done this once already, and as apprehensive/paraniod as I was the first time trying it on my '98 5er, I can tell you personally that nothing blew up, nothing shorted. Since my attempt, I've posted this on the e39 board, and a few other 5er owners have successfully done it to theirs too.

I have no reason to believe that there's a different SI design incorporated into the e46 over the e39 that would render the above sequence as a failure. Would you?

bmw325
12-29-2001, 09:19 AM
Actually, the Bentley manual specifically states that the round plug you are referring to was discontinued on the E46 as of 6/2000 production (probably the e39 as well). SO, its actually easier now to reset the SI, since you can just use the instrument cluster--no need for a tool or shorting out wires.

BTW, are 26 and 29 HZ, "good" values? Do you know what the E39's torsional and bending values are? any other cars? I couldve sworn that the old e class was 25 hz.

jjkd67
02-03-2005, 06:43 PM
I have the same problem trying to reset the service interval. All I get is a test menu when I hold the trip reset. Did you figure it out? If so please help.


On my 2000, when I keep holding the odo button in the "test" mode, it simply returns me to a diagnostic mode with some numbers and stuff. I never get a "reset" mode.

Mine was a first production 2000 (7/16/99) delivery so I presume it's 6/99 build.

I did find a "test" easter egg as my other post shows.

bmw325
02-03-2005, 08:32 PM
I have the same problem trying to reset the service interval. All I get is a test menu when I hold the trip reset. Did you figure it out? If so please help.

You can't do this on 2000 MY cars (except possibly some very late builds).

aldo
07-31-2005, 06:35 PM
Just got my Bentley manual and am learning all sorts of cool trivia.

To reset the indicator:
-The car should be off
-hold down the left instrument button (the trip odometer reset)
-while holding the key, turn the ignition to position 1 (radio)
-you will see a test menu
-keep holding the button
-after maybe 10 seconds, the word "reset" will appear
-let go of the button and press again
-THe indicator is reset!

In reading about the indicator, I also learned that BMW changed the way the intervals are calculated for cars post 6/2000.
For cars buiilt after this date, it is calculated based solely on gallons of fuel consumed (for example, 601 gallons for 328i manual).

Cars built prior to this date take into account other factors such as engine temp, # of cold starts, etc. I don't know why BMW bothered to change and simplify this-- if they already had the electronics, why not just leave it alone?

If you haven't done so, I highly recommend buying the Bentley manual. Even if you never plan to work on your car, you'll appreciate it so much more and will know if your dealer is blowing smoke when you take it in for service.

One other interesting fact-- some of you may know this-- but the whole E46 dashboard including the center console sides is 1 piece! I believe this was done to lessen the chance of rattles. The downside is that if you ever damage or crack any part of the dashboard, the whole thing would need to be pulled and replaced.

Anyway, I'll continue to post interesting tidbits as I come across them.
I tried this out..... I do get to the reset light but it just blinks for a bit and then shfits to "end". It is the wife's car so it was actually 950 over when I noticed it needed an oil change.
I am also showing 51A on the right side of the indicator so there may be an additional problem....

e46baller
08-01-2005, 02:03 PM
Theres another step u can do. depending on your year and not sure what month the car was "built/introduced"
RESETTING OIL SERVICE INDICATOR:
If your OBC needs to be reset after completing your oil change, there are two ways. NOTE: If you miss a step, just turn the key back off and try again:

A. Model Year 1999 to Mid-2000: You should have the older round 20-pin DLC connector under your hood behind the battery terminal, you need to use a small length of wire to connect (short) pins 7 and 19 for 3-5 seconds with the ignition key in position 1 (Accessory).

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.!
hope this helps :) pretty good site.

doeboy
08-01-2005, 05:18 PM
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.!
hope this helps :) pretty good site.

This is the procedure we used on a friend's 323i this past Saturday and it worked fine. We had a bit of trouble remembering exactly how the sequence went, but with some trial and error we eventually remembered what to do... :D

F1Crazy
08-01-2005, 05:25 PM
This is the procedure we used on a friend's 323i this past Saturday and it worked fine. We had a bit of trouble remembering exactly how the sequence went, but with some trial and error we eventually remembered what to do... :D
I did the same on mine today, after a few trials I managed to reset it but if you ask me what's a sequence I won't be able to tell you :D

bimmerzone
08-02-2005, 10:15 AM
If anyone still needs the Bentley Manual, we do have it in stock
http://www.bimmerzone.com/bmwproducts.htm
:) Cheers to all and enjoy

Vince

TRWham
08-02-2005, 06:28 PM
W... 26 Hertz and flex at 29 Hertz both of which are inaudible...
To you perhaps, but the audible range is normally considered to extend to 20Hz. In any case, most people can feel vibrations at frequencies below the audible range.

TRWham
08-02-2005, 06:33 PM
...

BTW, are 26 and 29 HZ, "good" values? Do you know what the E39's torsional and bending values are? any other cars? I couldve sworn that the old e class was 25 hz.
What do you mean by good? Higher frequencies imply a stiffer structure.

beware_phog
08-02-2005, 08:08 PM
If anyone still needs the Bentley Manual, we do have it in stock
http://www.bimmerzone.com/bmwproducts.htm
:) Cheers to all and enjoy

Vince

So....why now 740 2001 manual? I've never even thought about getting one, but this thread has peaked my interest.

sailor
04-01-2006, 03:25 PM
ok - just did it - you definately have to hold it - then turn key to first position - keep holding it until it shows reset- then let go and repress it and hold - UNTIL IT BLINKS. then let go and its reset. pretty simple. I got thrown beucase I was simply pressing and releasing on the second press and that did not do it. you have to press and hold it again till it blinks.

rjjh271
10-03-2006, 11:23 PM
Hello All! I am a newbie, so be nice to me Please.. Anyways, I have 2001 530I, I thought this was a E39 model. BUT, I am looking at my registration receipt, and it says that the Model is a 51A. AAAAACCCCKKKKKKK! Please help me, I have never heard of a 51A. Is this right?

xclone
10-04-2006, 11:28 AM
Hello All! I am a newbie, so be nice to me Please.. Anyways, I have 2001 530I, I thought this was a E39 model. BUT, I am looking at my registration receipt, and it says that the Model is a 51A. AAAAACCCCKKKKKKK! Please help me, I have never heard of a 51A. Is this right?

You do have an E39. I beleive 51A is the options package.

What help are you needing?

CCPatrol
02-13-2007, 10:45 AM
Sorry to bring this back from the dead. I've completed the reset myself. I bought the car used, although it wasn't a BMW dealership they still did all the required maintenance, just never reset the Service Indicator.

My question: When I did the reset, there is also a clock that appears. I heard that was for when the brake fluid should be changed. It said 4.08 and now after resetting it says 6.08. What exactly does the number sequence mean? I tried searching it on google and didnt come up with anything. Thanks!

CCPatrol
02-13-2007, 10:15 PM
Bump it up!

roy75
04-30-2007, 04:59 AM
Sorry to bring this back from the dead. I've completed the reset myself. I bought the car used, although it wasn't a BMW dealership they still did all the required maintenance, just never reset the Service Indicator.

My question: When I did the reset, there is also a clock that appears. I heard that was for when the brake fluid should be changed. It said 4.08 and now after resetting it says 6.08. What exactly does the number sequence mean? I tried searching it on google and didnt come up with anything. Thanks!

Hi. Newbie here. I've been hunting the web on a few things and I found the 'secrets' page of the on board computer - all codes an whatever.
I'm pretty sure the 6.08 mean June 2008. If you can't find it I'll have a dig and see if I can find the page again. R

spitfireste
11-03-2007, 04:43 PM
:(:cry::dunno::bawling: I have tried this umteen times on my 2003 316 but nothing it goes through all the options then you get end but it is still the same any other options?Just got my Bentley manual and am learning all sorts of cool trivia.

To reset the indicator:
-The car should be off
-hold down the left instrument button (the trip odometer reset)
-while holding the key, turn the ignition to position 1 (radio)
-you will see a test menu
-keep holding the button
-after maybe 10 seconds, the word "reset" will appear
-let go of the button and press again
-THe indicator is reset!

In reading about the indicator, I also learned that BMW changed the way the intervals are calculated for cars post 6/2000.
For cars buiilt after this date, it is calculated based solely on gallons of fuel consumed (for example, 601 gallons for 328i manual).

Cars built prior to this date take into account other factors such as engine temp, # of cold starts, etc. I don't know why BMW bothered to change and simplify this-- if they already had the electronics, why not just leave it alone?

If you haven't done so, I highly recommend buying the Bentley manual. Even if you never plan to work on your car, you'll appreciate it so much more and will know if your dealer is blowing smoke when you take it in for service.

One other interesting fact-- some of you may know this-- but the whole E46 dashboard including the center console sides is 1 piece! I believe this was done to lessen the chance of rattles. The downside is that if you ever damage or crack any part of the dashboard, the whole thing would need to be pulled and replaced.

Anyway, I'll continue to post interesting tidbits as I come across them.

spartan_117
11-07-2007, 02:36 PM
Hi, I just got a 1999 BMW E36 323i (manual). I am having trouble using the OBC- I don't know how to use/access it. I have absolutely no idea about what buttons I have to press. I want to be able to view the temperature, fuel consumption and other things like that. but I can't figure out what I have to press. Can someone please tell me how to do it?:)

nompbsd
01-12-2008, 04:59 PM
does this work for 2001 740i/il models?

elizabethm
06-30-2009, 07:05 PM
Thank you guys for posting this! After 5 - 6 tries, I was able to reset my 2001 (6/01 build) 525. I can't remember exactly how it went but I had to mess with the steps a little.

bluesjuke
12-20-2009, 08:01 PM
Hey guys, my first post to the forum.Looks like a good pa=lace to be for Bimmer enthusists.

On my 2000 328i (May 2000) I was able to reset after an oil change but now have "Inspection" displayed above my mileage when turning the key on for the first time.
I couldn't get a reset with the jumpering pins 7 & 19 together in the DLC but was able to do the cluster reset.

Any clue on how to clear this?

I also have driven the car 5 miles since resetting and the mileage on the oil service has not changed (decreased) from the 15525 it reset to.

bluesjuke
12-22-2009, 03:07 AM
I'm thinking to clear the "Inspection" indicator light it must be pin 19 and one of the others just as the oil service reset it.