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Old 11-09-2010, 03:27 PM
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Unhappy HELP PLEASE Reset Z3 oil service light

Just done a oil change

so need some advice on how to reset oil light inspection on dash

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Old 11-09-2010, 03:54 PM
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its ok

ive done it , it was simple
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:11 PM
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:04 AM
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How did you do it?

Simple

Turn the ignition switch to position two (2). Connect the clip end of the jumper tool to a good ground in the area of the data link connector. Connect the pin end of the jumper tool to pin seven (7) of the data link connector and remove it after the appropriate time, depending on which reset you are doing. Replace the data link connector cap and turn off the ignition switch. Check to see if the reset worked by starting the car and seeing if the lights go out. If they do, good job!"

10 secs should do it let me know how you get on
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:09 AM
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What year model is yours? Mine is an 02 , Would it be the same?
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:33 AM
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What year model is yours? Mine is an 02 , Would it be the same?

mine is a 1997

all the same
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:50 AM
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thanks again: this time the system had also blocked the starter, but your method sorted it in 10 seconds; 1996, 1.9.M44
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:47 PM
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Simple

Turn the ignition switch to position two (2). Connect the clip end of the jumper tool to a good ground in the area of the data link connector. Connect the pin end of the jumper tool to pin seven (7) of the data link connector and remove it after the appropriate time, depending on which reset you are doing. Replace the data link connector cap and turn off the ignition switch. Check to see if the reset worked by starting the car and seeing if the lights go out. If they do, good job!"

10 secs should do it let me know how you get on

I'm a bit confused, and therefore have to start by apologizing.
What to you connect? A wire? What's a jumper tool? Is this like my jumper cable?
This is a really good trick and I would really like to know how it's done.
Thanks in advance for clarifying.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:41 AM
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... What to you connect? A wire? What's a jumper tool? Is this like my jumper cable?...
A jumper is any conductor used to connect two points. To reset the indicator the two points are terminal 7 in the data port and the grounding nut on the adjacent passenger strut tower about a foot away. The simplest jumper for this is a stiff wire, ideally 2 feet of 12 gauge house wire with the insulation stripped back 1/2 inch on each end.

Or you can buy a "tool":
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120830233463...84.m1497.l2649

The tool means you don't have to use the wire for the right two lengths of time. Like, if you want to rest just the oil, and use the wire too long, you will reset the whole service interval. The tool has a button for each (and evidently a time chip).

See more:
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1933465

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Old 02-02-2013, 05:11 PM
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Simple

Turn the ignition switch to position two (2). Connect the clip end of the jumper tool to a good ground in the area of the data link connector. Connect the pin end of the jumper tool to pin seven (7) of the data link connector and remove it after the appropriate time, depending on which reset you are doing. Replace the data link connector cap and turn off the ignition switch. Check to see if the reset worked by starting the car and seeing if the lights go out. If they do, good job!"

10 secs should do it let me know how you get on

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html

That's my picture!

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:10 PM
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:12 PM
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my is 1997 Z3 1.9l .. guy in video connected 7&19?
19 is ground?

or do I connect 7 and ground to reset?
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:12 PM
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Has any body purchased this tool? Does it work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/120830233463...84.m1497.l2649

For the price I just purchased it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:28 PM
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I bought a peake research r5 off ebay for $40. it works great and very simple. i just feel safer using the tool. just count the light flash. 7 flashes for oil and 23 for inspection. mine is 98 z3 1.9.

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Old 06-06-2013, 03:54 PM
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I bought one of those tools off EBAY and it works great! Can't go wrong for the price.


Has any body purchased this tool? Does it work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/120830233463...84.m1497.l2649

For the price I just purchased it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:30 PM
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Has any body purchased this tool? Does it work?...
For the price I just purchased it.
I bought it on eBay a few months ago. I will use it for the first time after the first oil change I do, in another 200 miles.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:36 PM
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I bought a peake research r5 off ebay for $40. it works great and very simple. i just feel safer using the tool. just count the light flash. 7 flashes for oil and 23 for inspection. mine is 98 z3 1.9.
I would be afraid of miscounting all those flashes. Then what might happen?
I feel safer with the $9 eBay tool. Just push the button once.
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How to use:
Plug it in with the ignition off.
When the lights on the unit remain lit, turn the ignition on but do not start the engine
Press the button on the function you wish to reset.
The lights will all turn on to indicate success.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120830233463...84.m1497.l2649
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:16 PM
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Thanks! I had just changed my oil too. It reset just like you said! how many miles does each green block represent?
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:11 AM
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The green blocks represent usage, not miles. If you just drove back and forth across the country, a block might go out every week or 5,000 miles. If you drove around town all day doing errands, a mile between each store and an hour in each one, especially in cold weather, a block might go out every 3 months or 1,000 miles.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:20 AM
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Good info

Think ill just change my oil based on milage though.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:01 AM
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Me, too. I had the dealer change the oil when I bought the car last October, and they put in BMW 15W-40. After about 2,000 miles one green bar went out, but I don't want to wait until the last green bar goes out at 8,000 miles. I bought Mobil 1 0W-40 on sale at Walmart and will change at 2,500 miles, then maybe go 5,000 miles on the synthetic.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:50 PM
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Hey, just wanted to say thanks for this DIY info - it worked like a champ and I'm in the green :o)
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