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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-19-2014, 11:55 PM
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Hello

Please don't judge strongly.

I have just bought BMW 1999 E46 and noticed some issue but can't figure out is it oil low pressure or oil indicator failure.

When I am turning on engine the accumulator/battery indicator and oil indicator are turning to red then after 10 seconds turn off and never appear until I turnoff engine and turnon again. Is this normal behavior ?

I have checked oil and it's not low. Can it be because on display there is -5000 in first position of key. It looks like the previous owner didn't reset the oil number.

BTW if I change the oil should I reset that number or it will be changed automatically ?

Please don't provide links. I have read almost all similar articles but couldn't find any exact answer.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:40 AM
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This contains a lot of useful information which will answer many of your questions. Within it is a link to the Owner`s Manual in case you don`t have one.

<<<Bimmerfest's E46 Wiki>>> Read this before posting questions!
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:08 PM
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+1 on using the owner's manual for this.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:00 PM
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10 seconds after startup for those lights to turn off seems long. You sure it's that long?
Yes, reset the service indicator after you change the oil.
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Old 12-20-2014, 08:06 PM
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Hello

Please don't judge strongly.

I have just bought BMW 1999 E46 and noticed some issue but can't figure out is it oil low pressure or oil indicator failure.

When I am turning on engine the accumulator/battery indicator and oil indicator are turning to red then after 10 seconds turn off and never appear until I turnoff engine and turnon again. Is this normal behavior ?

I have checked oil and it's not low. Can it be because on display there is -5000 in first position of key. It looks like the previous owner didn't reset the oil number.

BTW if I change the oil should I reset that number or it will be changed automatically ?

Please don't provide links. I have read almost all similar articles but couldn't find any exact answer.

Thanks in advance.
Hey bro, congrats on your new ride.
When you have the key in the on position (engine is not running) a number of lights should be lit.

Once you crank and have the engine running they should go off after a few seconds, that's normal. (your SES (service engine soon) light should do the same thing.)

If your car is running and these lights are on, that indicates a problem.

Your manual should have all these details, if you just got the car you should definitely take a look. Lots of useful info in there!

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Old 12-21-2014, 08:49 AM
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Thanks for a replies

Maybe I am wrong but it looks like a self test of car when I turning on the engine.

I have made some video to be more clear. Please have a look

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2X...SE0/view?pli=1
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2X...TjQ/view?pli=1

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:09 AM
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Completely normal. The lights don't stay on ten seconds, more like a second.

Catch it up on maintenance and reset that inspection service.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:33 AM
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You don't HAVE TO reset the oil change indicator if you don't want to. If you keep track of when you change it you don't need the indicator, like you used to have to do before these maintenance minders. It has no effect on how the car runs. I've ignored mine for like 60k now.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:37 PM
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Yeah, you're good bro.

The video wasnt long enough so i didnt get to see if your airbag light went off. If that light stays on then your have an issue.

There are videos online about how to reset your oil maintenance light... it takes about a minute.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:40 PM
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Commented in your other thread, but based on those videos, battery and oil light behavior look to be completely normal and turn off once you start the car. With the key in position 2 and before starting the engine, those lights will be on since the alternator isn't generating any volts and there isn't any oil pressure.

Hereís a quick video on resetting the oil service interval, but like ahull mentioned, itís not necessary to do if you follow your own maintenance schedule.

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Old 12-22-2014, 08:15 PM
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You don't HAVE TO reset the oil change indicator if you don't want to. If you keep track of when you change it you don't need the indicator, like you used to have to do before these maintenance minders. It has no effect on how the car runs. I've ignored mine for like 60k now.
Very true that it does not have to be reset, but I'm way too OCD. I could never live with the indicator not reset.
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