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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 05-09-2014, 02:03 PM
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Oil Service Light Reset

Changed oil on my 528i, anyone know how to reset the oil service light?


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Old 05-09-2014, 03:19 PM
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Do you have the round 20-pin connector on the right side fender? If so, there are two pins to short together. Search this site for "resetting service interval indicator."

If not, there is a procedure that involves the instrument cluster. This should pop up when you run the search.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:21 PM
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Search the site and found the cluster directions, didn't work. When I hold the cluster button down it goes to a "test" menu not a "reset" menu that everyone mentions.


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Old 05-09-2014, 11:03 PM
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I'd start by typing /oil service f3 in the bestlinks, which comes up with this:
- Glovebox printouts for your E39: fluids (1) & bulbs (2) & cabin air filters (3) & oil service interval reset (1) & cluster unlocking (1)

Let us know if it's not there ...
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Bluebee,

That's is QSilver7's instruction post that I keep coming across. I will try again but like I said the word Reset never shows up. It keeps saying Test.


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Old 05-09-2014, 11:25 PM
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That's is QSilver7's instruction post that I keep coming across. I will try again but like I said the word Reset never shows up. It keeps saying Test.
As always, I'd read the entire thread, which may have more help for you:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Oil Service Indicator Reset - not sure if successful


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I followed my own instructions and found them lacking because information is lost if you're not ready, ahead of time, for it!

Here's an update, written while sitting in the car (I never did get the brake-service-interval figured out until I found out from QSilver that the E39 has the brake-fluid service interval turned off by default - so it won't show up unless you turn it on with something like Carsoft.)

RESET SERVICE INTERVAL LIGHT: (procedure is for 2001 and later BMW E39 models):
I. Position 0 is the key in, car off position; position 1 is the first detente; position 2 is the second detente; & momentary position 3 will start the car.
II. The service interval indicator (SII) is the squarish box to the left of the rectangular alphanumeric display (don't confuse them);
III. Print these 1-page instructions and keep a pencil handy for jotting down notes; but keep your eyes on the cluster (not on these notes);
IV. You can not reset the SII OILSERVICE lights twice within the same 2.5 gallon period (Bentley 020-5) or until the first 20% (QSilver PDF below);
V. It is possible to interrupt and end the reset procedure by changing the position of the key;
VI. OILSERVICE is due roughly every 15K miles or 12 months (Bentley page 020-3);
VII. INSPECTION I is due roughly every 30K miles or 24 months, INSPECTION II is due every 60K miles or 48 months (Bentley page 020-5);.

DETERMINE CURRENT OIL SERVICE INTERVAL & BRAKE SERVICE INTERVAL & INSPECTION I AND II INTERVAL:
a. Place the key in the ignition but do not turn the key (no lights will display, this is position 0);
b. Turn the key to the first position (this is position 1, the ACCESSORY position):
- the bell will ding incessantly about once per second;
- the red air bag symbol will light for about three bell dings and then go out;
- the odometer, tripmeter, ambient temperature will display;
- the alphanumeric text will momentarily flash whatever you have it set to (e.g., the current date);
- the alphanumeric text will display "KEY IN IGNITION LOCK" which will remain lit;
- but the oil-service display will be unlit;
c. Turn the key to the second position (this is position 2 - you will not start the car):
- lots of lights will be lit;
- the fan may start;
- the dinging will stop after about four dings;
- take note of the color-coded indications in the SII display.
d. Remove the key from the ignition and wait for all displays and bells to cease.

SII OILSERVICE INTERPRETATION:
- five green boxes (100% left of your oil-service interval)
- four green boxes (80% left of your oil-service interval)
- three green boxes (60% left of your oil-service interval)
- two green boxes (40% left of your oil-service interval)
- one green box (20% left of your oil-service interval)
- one yellow box (0% left of your oil-service interval - change your oil & filter and reset the SII)
- one red and one yellow box (you are -8% or more over your oil-service interval - change your oil & filter and reset the SII)

To reset your OILSERVICE or INSPECTION interval:
A. Keep your eyes on your instrument cluster
B. Place the key back in the ignition but do not turn the key (nothing will light while the key is in position 0);
C. Press and hold the trip odometer button (located to the left in the instrument cluster)
- the odometer, tripmeter, and ambient temperature will display.
D. While holding the trip odometer button, turn the ignition key to the first position (i.e., position 1, the ACCESSORY position):
- the red airbag indicator will light for a few seconds;
- the bell will ding incessantly about once every second;
- the text display will momentarily flash what you had it set to (e.g., the date);
- the text display will then show "KEY IN IGNITION LOCK";
- after about 4 dings, both the SII and alphanumeric displays will change;
- the SII box will indicate "OILSERVICE" or "INSPECTION";
- on the low cluster, the text will display "RESET" (or just plain "RE");
- on the high cluster, the text will display "RESET SIA; -1136 l" (or just plain "RE SIA; -1136 l");
- note the number of liters of fuel to the next service interval (in this example, 1,136 liters); (???does that mean I was 1,136 liters (300 gallons, 5K miles) overdue on my service interval???)
- while the text is still displaying this information, lift up on the trip odometer button;
- immediately press down again on the trip odometer button for about 5 seconds;
- take note whether the alphanumeric text display of "RESET" (or "RE") flashes or not;
- if the text "RESET" (or "RE") does not flash, you have not met minimum 2.5 gallon fuel-consumption requirements & resetting the SII is not possible;
- if the text "RESET" (or "RE") does flash, then you can proceed with resetting the SII;
- while the text is flashing, lift up on the trip odometer button and then press down briefly again;
- when you let up on that brief press, the service interval indicator box will be reset back to all green lights;
- the alphanumeric display will then show the new oil service interval in liters (e.g., "SIA 2575 l") (???does that mean I have 2,575 liters (680 gallons, 12 miles) to the next service interval???)
- if you're successful, "END SIA" will appear briefly for about 2 seconds.

See this reference from QSilver (but ignore the part about the brake-fluid service interval and the "clock" icon ... these are not on by default on our E39s.)

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Old 05-10-2014, 09:30 AM
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SI Display Reset Procedure using Engine Bay 20 pin DLC

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...I will try again but ... the word Reset never shows up. It keeps saying Test.
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If your e39 was built BEFORE 9/2000 and has the round 20 pin DLC (data link connector) in the engine bay...then the instrument cluster reset procedure isn't for your BMW. You have to use the 20 pin DLC in the engine bay which requires either a specific tool made to fit the DLC...or you can fashion a homemade tool to short pins #7 & # 19 in the DLC. A wire, paper clip, or needle nosed pliers can do the trick...along with a specific procedure to follow.
To reset the SI display using the round DLC in the engine bay...you short pins #7 & #19 using a wire or pair of needle nose pliers. Make sure you look carefully at the DLC and note the pin nbrs. Mark the correct pins with paint or fingernail polish, or white-out etc.so that the correct pins are easy to find...this procedure is simple but can be disastrous if the wrong pins are selected.
  1. unscrew DLC cap
  2. insert wire or pliers into the correct pins (7 & 19)
  3. turn ignition to position 2 (position 1 will fail...as well as other ignition positions)
  4. within 7-10 seconds (for OIL SERV) & 10-15 seconds (for INSPECTION) remove wire or pliers
  5. SCREW the DLC cap back on
  6. go back an turn ignition OFF


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Thank you I will let you know how it goes!


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Did everything you said to the exact steps and didn't work. I will try a few more times...


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Don't know what I am doing wrong. I'm doing exactly what you said and nothing. Oil service light still showing 2 bars, one yellow and one red.


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i think i know the problem. Going to try one more time.
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Qsilver7 and Bluebee,

I did it! Thanks for the help guys.

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Qsilver7 and Bluebee,

I did it! Thanks for the help guys.

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I know right? Got it for $4500 too best deal of my life


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Qsilver7 and Bluebee,

I did it! Thanks for the help guys.

Great...glad you got it. But let us know what trouble you were having? It will help the next person that may have difficulty. Did we write something wrong in our instructions...or was there a step being interpreted incorrectly?

Again, we all learn from each other...and your success after difficulty can help the next person that may fall into the same situation. And since I'm not familiar with all the idiosyncrasies of the LOW cluster....it will help me in the future if I need to give instructions on how to reset it. My resets have always been with the HIGH cluster.
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Instructions were perfect. The reason it was not working for me was because the first few attempts I didn't use a tool that had a connection together. Meaning the electricity could not flow from one pin to the other causing the short. Which is why you suggested paper clip or needle nose pliers. My needle nose were not small enough to fit in pins so I used 2 hole punch tools. Did not work. I sat on my laptop over looking the instructions again and again. Finally the light bulb went off. THE PINS NEED TO BE ABLE TO TRANSFER ELECTRICITY FROM ONE TO THE OTHER. So I used a pair of tweezers and boom, worked like a charm.

So it was a silly mistake on my part. Totally flew over my head that there needed to be a connection of some sort so there could be a flow of electricity from one pin to the other. That was a "DUH!" moment on my part.

Thanks again my friend. And thank god for this forum I will always have questions and apparently I will always get answers from my BMW family!


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Qsilver7,

I probably should have asked this before I even did it, but by shorting the pins, does that mean the oil service light will remain reset? Or will it still tell me when I'm close to needing service and have to reset it again in the future?


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msingh90, by shorting the pins, you are doing essentially what the reset tool does I paid $40 for years ago. You will start seeing your green lights go away as you put miles on the car.
They should go away by 8-9K miles. However, you need to ask yourself do you want to wait that long to change oil. Lots of opinions on this site about that. I change 5-6K but I have over 3 times your milage on my car.
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I usually do oil changes 5-6k miles like you said. Should I continue to do my oil changes and just resetting my light everytime?


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Msingh90, That is what I do. But my car is a 97 and I don't use pure synthetic oil. The owner's manual doesn't require it. I use castrol high mileage. If you use synthetic, you may want to go the run of your indicator lights. Does your owner's manual call for synthetic? I do know the later E39's and all the newer BMW's call for synthetic. Do a search on "oil change" and you will get hours of reading and learn something as I always do. Then you can make your own call.
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When I open my hood, the part that hides the hood latch wire has a sign saying "Use BMW synthetic oil only". But like you said I can always research it. I've heard that fully synthetic lasts between 7-8k miles but I'd have to make sure.


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Everything you need is in here:
- the VERY best of E39 Links

Specifically, typing /oil f3 will net this, among others:
- Fundamental BMW fluids decision-making religious camps (1) and algorithms specific to motor oil selection (1),
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