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One of the frustrations of late model BMW's is the service light indicator which comes on at a pre-determined number of miles. While the indicator light is a nice feature to have, It can be irritating, as BMW provided no means to reset it except for taking the car into a dealership or shop. With Peake Research's nifty R5 reset tool you can reset the light yourself, in less then 5 minutes.
Figure 1 shows the unit itself. It comes with a handy case and written instructions for use. The first step is to find the diagnostic port on your BMW. There are a few different locations where it may be, depending on the year and model of your BMW. Included in the instruction sheet is a diagram of port locations. Figure 2 shows the location of the port on our E36.
The first step is to turn on the ignition but do not start the car. As you can see in Figure 3, the service lights are turned on. Next, plug the reset tool into the diagnostic port as shown in Figure 4. The yellow "ready" light should illuminate. Now, press and hold the switch on the reset tool as shown in Figure 5. The red "reset" light will immediatley begin to flash. In order for the "Oil Service" indicator light to turn off, count out seven flashes then release the switch. For the "Inspection" indicator light to turn off, count out 23 flashes then release the switch. As you can see in Figure 6, the indicator lights are now switched off. Now simply twist the dust cover back on as seen in Figure 7 and that's it, you're done!
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