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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-13-2005, 06:04 AM
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reset oil light on 528i

i bought my 1999 528i, in texas and am about to have my first oil change, what about resetting my oil light, don't know how, does it have to be done each time i change or have
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:54 AM
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It is a "service indicator", not just an oil reset light. The first thing you should do is figure out if your car needs an Inspection I, II or just an oil change.

There are two different ways to reset your service indicator lights - it depends which year car you have. There is a good page in BMW tips and tricks:

http://bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/reset-plug/reset.htm

By the way, as scary as it sounds, "short" really means "connect a wire between the two terminals".

Found a good pictures in "BMW Entusiast's Companion"
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Old 06-13-2005, 10:31 AM
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thanks, rtw, travel, i really don't know if i need a inspection 1 or 2, i do know i had the oil
changed before i left texas, and its close to 3000 miles since, i know one thing, a dealership charges $90.00 for a oil change and another $ 60.00 to reset this light.
why all these indicators, hell i know when 3000 miles comes, i sure don't need a light to tell me. anyways which trminals do you jump to reset the light or how could you turn it off
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Do not reset any service indicators unless they are lit to begin with. If your lights don't say "oil service" or "inspection", then do not worry about resetting anything. In fact, you will mess up the service of your car if you do so.

Otherwise, change the oil to your hearts content as often as you like...just don't worry about resetting anything unless it is specifically lit up.
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Old 06-14-2005, 02:33 AM
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