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Reseting the Service Indicator Lamp on the 3-Series E36 BMW
 
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Reseting the Service Indicator Lamp on the 3-Series E36 BMW

Jared Fenton

Time:

10 minutes10 mins

Tab:

$54-$140

Talent:

**

Tools:

Peake Research R5 reset tool

Applicable Models:

BMW E36 3-Series (1992-99)
BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Parts Required:

Peake Research R5 reset tool

Performance Gain:

Enables you to reset the service codes on your dash after you've completed the DIY service on your E36

Complementary Modification:

Replace your cabin filter
101 Performance Projects for Your BMW 3 Series

This article is one in a series that have been released in conjunction with Wayne's new book, 101 Performance Projects for Your BMW 3 Series. The book contains 272 pages of full color projects detailing everything from performance mods to timing the camshafts. With more than 650+ full-color glossy photos accompanying extensive step-by-step procedures, this book is required reading in any 3 Series owner's collection. The book was released in August 2006, and is available for ordering now. See The Official Book Website for more details.

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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!

Well, there you have it - it's really not too difficult at all. If you would like to see more technical articles like this one, please continue to support Pelican Parts with all your parts needs. If you like what you see here, then please visit our online BMW catalog and help support the collection and creating of new and informative technical articles like this one. Your continued support directly affects the expansion and existence of this site and technical articles like this one. As always, if you have any questions or comments about this helpful article, please drop us a line.

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Comments and Suggestions:
E ponzi 36 Comments: Hi

Is the tool capable to deal with the brakes worning light? And in general other obd issues
Or Is it just to reset the oil change?
January 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, the tool in the article only resets maintenance due indicators. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steve Comments: I have a 1998 M3. Just had the oil changed and the service lights reset. It has always taken about 1800 miles for each light to go out about 8-9000 total for all five. This time, the first light went out in about 100 miles and the second light just went out at about 200 more! It has only been 10 days/300 miles since my oil change. Any ideas? Car runs fine otherwise.
July 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It may not have been reset properly. I would try again. Since the oil was just replaced, should not affect the interval. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Spider Comments: Thank's now I finally have got it right.Please advise if the Electric Reset Tool For BMW Service Lights is available and the cost.
Thanking you
PierreMoller
March 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends on the model of BMW. But we should have a tool that works with your vehicle. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
khalid Comments: Thank you very much
April 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Glad to help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
khalid Comments: Yes Please...
April 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The decreasing amount of lights is notifying you of the amount of time you have until service. Think of it as a timer, green far away, yellow closer, red due. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
khalid Comments: Why gradually decrease the number of squares to what indicates that light
I hope you reply and thank you
April 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you asking why BMW slowly decreases the amount of lights in the service indicator? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JG Comments: z3 brake fluid light replacement reset which pins will do this
February 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fill the brake fluid reservoir and the light should go out. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
bill Comments: Hello Wayne, In your book, project 3 page 21 you mention using a wire accross some pins and tell me there is more info at 101Projects.com. Where is this information?
December 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I haven't had a chance to post that info, but here's a webpage with the info you're looking for: http://www.unofficialbmw.com/repair_faqs/sil.html - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
O Rod Comments: Great info..thank you!
Is this reset tool only for 3 series?
I would like to reset my 528I
Is it the same tool please? Where do I buy the R5 for my 528I and how much, please..thank you!
October 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure what year your vehicle is. But we should have a reset tool for your vehicle. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right reset tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Neil Comments: Hello Wayne, In your book, project 3 page 21 you mention using a wire accross some pins and tell me there is more info at 101Projects.com. Where is this information?
September 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is the area where the additonal info is located:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/tech_main_e30.htm

This article might be what you are looking for:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/tech_main_e30.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Davy Comments: Hi, love your site and have found all your articles to be most helpful. I,m out in South Africa and cannot locate a reset tool as mentioned in the article. Any change there is a means to reset without the tool.. Appreciate the assistance. PS. I have a ,96 320I
April 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can short some wires together to reset the car - I don't recommend this, and we don't have an article on this, but there's info on this on the Internet. We also ship to SA all the time, so getting one to you should not be an issue. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Playboy Comments: Hello Hello Playboy Here. Can someone tell me where I can get an Manual for My E36 convertible. I've looked everywhere and can only get E36 coupe and soloon .But none for E36 CONVERTIBLE. Please Can Someone HELP ME .
March 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The Bentley workshop manual that we sell covers convertibles, but not too much the actual top / roof mechanism. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
nas Comments: i hv prob where my bmw e36 when i start my engine and sudden move my car jerking and bob bob sound come out .it also no power .then after engine got hot this prob vanish.for tuor info i changed plug,plug socket,but this prob still occur,and one more thing i notice engine oil inside the plug compound.so how to solve this prob bro.tq
August 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These cars are more than happy to tell you what they think is wrong with them, you just need to be sure that you read the codes. See my tech article for more details: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Mult-Code_Reading/Mult-Code_Reading.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Iwan Comments: @Rucsak
I had same problem,you only need a few seconds more in theport.
I tried it a few times and suddenly....al GREEN!!!!
April 20, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
G lucas Comments: it is basically just jumping pin 7 to 19
March 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mathers Comments: u can just use a paperclip!
February 12, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
clumsom Comments: Where is the port for a Z3 2001
November 1, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The diagnostic port should be off to the side of the engine compartment. There is another article in our section here that shows it: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Mult-Code_Reading/Mult-Code_Reading.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rucsak Comments: Hi Team We have a 1998 316i 4Dr I've recently did the oil & filter change. Using a FT-Resetting Service switch going by the info with operating the unit nothing changed on the indicator lights. I then used the other option of the wire in ports 7 & 19 & still the indicator lights stayed the same. Please advise me with the next option other than sitting down & scratching my head. Many thanks.
April 20, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your vehicle is not a US car, I cannot be sure the connector is the same. However, it is possible there is broken wire at the connector or a poor connection, preventing the reset from occuring. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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