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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-13-2009, 10:18 AM
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DIY - Oil Service Light Reset *PICS*

My oil service light was bothering me so I decided to do a quick fix and write up this diy. This will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Tools required:
1. A paper clip, bent like so:



I used pliers to bend the ends in order to increase the contact surface area. This probably isn't necessary but whatever.

Procedure:
1. Pop hood, remove black plastic cap from diagnostic port (located near the engine on the passenger side).

2. Turn key to position 2 so that the oil service indicator lights up on the dash.

3. Take your paper clip and insert one end into pin 7, then the other end into pin 19. It's important that you follow this specific order. Hold for approximately 6-8 seconds, then remove.

Pin 7 is the second one across from the Pac Man's open mouth, Pin 19 is the one directly to the left (for reference, if you visually connect the points from pin 7, to Pac Man, to pin 19, it will form a right angle)



4. After removing the paper clip, check your dash to see if your light has been reset.

It should look like this:



Yes, I know my '92 has very low mileage.

5. Slap yourself on the head for not doing this a long time ago.

6. Pat yourself on the back for saving $ and a trip to the stealer or mechanic.

*NOTE* Don't hold the paper clip in longer than 10 seconds. If the light doesn't reset the first time, try holding it in a second or two longer. Mine took 8 I think.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:22 AM
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So if done properly the dash will have the CEL?

j/k. Nice write-up!
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:27 AM
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Great write up, I've done this before and it works great. Thx
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:11 PM
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Awesome, saved me a trip to the dealer as I just changed my oil yesterday!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:36 PM
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I believe 19 is just a ground, and grounding pin 7 will accomplish the same. Also if I'm not mistaken, keeping the paper clip in longer would reset the service indicator light.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:30 PM
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Eddie, right on both counts.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:24 AM
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If I could only figure out how to reset the ABS and PAD warning after the brake job, i'd be set.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:31 AM
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If I could only figure out how to reset the ABS and PAD warning after the brake job, i'd be set.
I think someone on here said he pulled the ABS relays out for a few hours and after he put them back in the light was gone. Give it a shot I guess.
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RRTEC,
By PAD warning do you mean the low brake pad light? That's not "resettable" - you have to replace the loop sensor with the brakes each job for it to go away.
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RRTEC,
By PAD warning do you mean the low brake pad light? That's not "resettable" - you have to replace the loop sensor with the brakes each job for it to go away.
or you can just cut the sensor off and strip the wires bare and twist them together..
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:20 AM
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^Yes, you could, but then you lose the sensor. For 99% of the people, having a functioning sensor is preferable.
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:34 AM
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I heard something about bending paper clips and f*cking around in the diagnostic socket...

...I just bought my self an oil & service light indicator tool that did them both...

Pretty expensive, but pretty awesome too!!

(PS. I serviced my car myself with my mechanic mate, before using the rest tool)
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RRTEC,
By PAD warning do you mean the low brake pad light? That's not "resettable" - you have to replace the loop sensor with the brakes each job for it to go away.
Ah, so I need to replace the sensors... I did a brake job as the light was on when I bought the car, the pads looked ok so I am assuming that the brakes were fine but the PO didn't spring for the new sensors..lol OH well..
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I did this trick last night, worked like a charm. Does anybody know the "inspection service" light schedule? As in, when in green, when it drops to yellow and finally red? The light has been yellow since I've had the car and have had a couple oil changes in between, so figured I'd just reset it before it dropped to the red.
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^Yes, you could, but then you lose the sensor. For 99% of the people, having a functioning sensor is preferable.
yeah, but i jsut short mine out. I dont need a stupid light to tell me when my brakes are going out.

If i had the time i would get rid of 90% of the sensors.

Plus my car is getting more and more of a track car then a DD.
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^ Agreed. Kind of like the rain sensors on cars now. I mean, really, do you honestly need your car to tell you when it's raining and turn on its wipers? Just one more thing to break is how I see it. The less bells and whistles, the better, I already hate the seat warmers on my girlfriend's '03 325i.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:40 PM
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I did this trick last night, worked like a charm. Does anybody know the "inspection service" light schedule? As in, when in green, when it drops to yellow and finally red? The light has been yellow since I've had the car and have had a couple oil changes in between, so figured I'd just reset it before it dropped to the red.
I'm pretty sure the lights change every time the car reaches a certain mileage interval. The exact number, I have no idea, but I think it should go from all green to red in less than 5,000 miles.
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^ Agreed. Kind of like the rain sensors on cars now. I mean, really, do you honestly need your car to tell you when it's raining and turn on its wipers? Just one more thing to break is how I see it. The less bells and whistles, the better, I already hate the seat warmers on my girlfriend's '03 325i.
I happen to love my rain sensing wipers .

The point isn't to "tell you when it's raining" dork. It varies the speed to keep up with rain amount. This is AMAZING when you do a lot of driving on/off/on/off freeways or stop and go city driving or when the rain is changing intensity a lot on it's own. No adjusting the wipers every 10 seconds. Flick the switch to auto, and just let it change it. It's not like the point is to turn them on if you forget .
(Edit, just FYI, my car has Off, Auto, Intermittent (with several intervals that you can actually adjust ), Low, and High. Not like Auto is all that we get.)

Also, out here seat warmers are hardly necessary, but now and then on a cold morning or if I'm a little sore, damn they feel good.

I love convenience or fun bells-n-whistles. I DEPLORE things that make up for the driving being an idiot (traction ctrl, lane departure warning, the warning lights on side view mirrors that tell you if a car is there, Volvo's new "auto braking" thing, etc). Back up cameras I have mixed feelings about***********: obviously they can be helpful to let you know if a kid is behind you, but I have seen people not even look behind them first and just start backing up, eyes glued to the little screen. Bad.

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Thats on an e90. Its completely different between the E36 and the E90.
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So if done properly the dash will have the CEL?

j/k. Nice write-up!
No, the CEL will not stay illuminated; remember, the car wasn't started to RESET the Oil Service indicator, the CEL comes on when you turn the key to perform the RESET.
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reset 5bars after service

Someone please help me identify the#7 and #19 on the pacman face, I need to learn how to do this very much since no one cares or knowsin this area. Come on guys help an old fart out with his 1996 328ic
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Here you go Sir.
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html

(I found this at http://www.bimmerdiy.com - Great site!)
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For the record, the E39 can use this method to reset the oil, brake fluid, service I and service II interval. This may or may not be useful to you.
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