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Old 12-31-2006, 11:41 PM   #1
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E39 - Resetting the service indicator lights

Resetting the service indicator lights on e39 BMW's is relatively the same as with e34 cars.

The service indicator lights are reset by connecting pin 7 to pin 19 (ground) (see illustration below for pin identification.). The proper way to do this is to have the ignition off and place a jumper wire between pins 7 and 19 (make sure you get the right pins!). Then turn the ignition switch to position 2 (run, NOT start), when the service light goes out, turn the ignition off. This should take a few seconds for an oil reset, 8-10 seconds for an inspection reset. All green lights should come on when the service light goes out. The difference between resetting the oil service light and the inspection light is in the length of time you have the jumper in place with the ignition on. This means that if you are resetting the oil service light, you should turn off the ignition immediately after the light goes out. If you leave the jumper in too long with the ignition on, you will perform an inspection reset as well and the next service indicator will come up as an oil service rather than an inspection.




(Note: jumping pins 11 & 14 works as a remote starter, comes in handy when adjusting the valves.)

The service light reset tools that I have seen connect to 3 pins of the diagnostic connector: pin 7,14 and 19. The connection to 14 is to power the tool. The less sophisticated tool has only one switch that connects pin 7 to 19. While those pins are tied together a red LED blinks to measure time. You count blinks and manually turn off the tool after the appropriate number of counts for oil or inspection reset. The more sophisticated tool has two switches, one for oil reset, one for inspection. It must have a built in timer that jumps pin 7 to 19 for the correct time.

Notes on the latest model cars (93 on?):

(can someone please verify this?) It is claimed that the above procedure doesnt quite work on the most recent model year cars. Instead of waiting for the lights to go out, you have to disconnect the jumper between 7 and 19 while the ignition is still on.

To reset OIL SERVICE, maintain the connection for approximately 3 seconds.
To reset INSPECTION, maintain the connection for approximately 12 seconds.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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reset service and oil light for E39 535i v8?

i have tried to connect the pin 7 and 19, and turn the key to 2 ( run, not start) , but the light still not reset? any idears? my car is a 1999 E39 v8. 535i, same configuration as US 540. any new way to do it?
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:03 PM   #3
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What is described does work. I however, spent the 80 or so bucks on a reset tool so I wouldn't have to count pins and seconds. The reset tools can be found on ebay and such, and all they do is basically what e39 said, just electronically. Option number 2, just costs a few bucks.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:00 PM   #4
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these can be reset from the dash with no tools needed!

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What is described does work. I however, spent the 80 or so bucks on a reset tool so I wouldn't have to count pins and seconds. The reset tools can be found on ebay and such, and all they do is basically what e39 said, just electronically. Option number 2, just costs a few bucks.
These tools are not necessary for the e39 series because i reset them myself from the left reset button on my instrument cluster! just go to www.alldatapro.com and search for "resetting the service interval indicator(sii)
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:18 AM   #5
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i have tried to connect the pin 7 and 19, and turn the key to 2 ( run, not start) , but the light still not reset? any idears? my car is a 1999 E39 v8. 535i, same configuration as US 540. any new way to do it?
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The sequence is different on some. On my 1999 528i, had to set key to position 2, connect pin 7 to ground for a few seconds, then disconnect pin 7 while key still on. If you are watching the console to see the reset occur, it never will. Reset occurs when pin 7 is disconnected.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:40 AM   #6
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Hi, need help. Iv got a 520i SE TOURING AUTO (1998) can you tell me if this means its an E39? and if so would putting a jumper between pins 7 & 19 reset my service inspection light. Thanks
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:50 PM   #7
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Hey I just wanted to let everyone know that I followed the instructions on this thread and it was a cakewalk!!!

I have a '97 528i..... oil change was simple, just take your time and be sure not to ruin the filter cap or the rubber O-ring. I read here and on several other forums about filling the oil filter, and in this oil change I decided to fill it up(as best I could without making a mess) before putting the filter cap back on. Every other oil change I have done on other vehicles I fill the filters.....This was my first time changing a BMW.

As for the oil light indicator reset..... easy as it gets. Found some spare wire, cut it to length, placed it in keyhole 7 then in into keyhole 19. Had my wife turn the ignition to position 2, held it for 3-4 seconds and removed the wire from keyhole 7 and bingo! all green indicator lights came on!

FYI, this was the FIRST time i've been on this forum and I am now a dedicated reader!!

Thanks all who contributed to this thread!!!!

Saved me a crap load of cash!!!!

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Old 10-11-2010, 01:48 PM   #8
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Reset

Changed my oil today and I just wanna say thanx to all of you. It took me 3 tries, but my lights are green now. If I were to take it to the shop they'd charge me 2 yards just to reset the lights. I've got a 520 and fortunately, the pin holes are numbered. 7 & 19 worked just fine. Thanx fellas.

Now, I have a humming noise and I'm wondering if its a suspension issue or if I need some gear oil in the rear end. I just changed my front wheel bearings a few weeks ago. Any ideas?

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Hi all 1st post here, the picture at the top is not working, could someone please tell me where these pins are located??
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:07 AM   #10
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Hi all 1st post here, the picture at the top is not working, could someone please tell me where these pins are located??
Hi,

When you look at the engine, to your left you'll see something that looks like it screws off. It's by the ABS pump. Unscrew it. Your pins are there. Thats where your OBD II is also. I hope that helps.

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The sequence is different on some. On my 1999 528i, had to set key to position 2, connect pin 7 to ground for a few seconds, then disconnect pin 7 while key still on. If you are watching the console to see the reset occur, it never will. Reset occurs when pin 7 is disconnected.
This is the method had to use on our 1994 525i.
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if you are resetting the oil service light, you should turn off the ignition immediately after the light goes out.
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #13
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Hello, I am new to this forum so excuse me if i screw up. I have a 2000 528i and I change my oil today but cannot re-set the indicator. My car has a series of green bars. I just bought the car and even though the indicators where still at 3 green bars I deciced to change oil. I have read all the forums here and the suggestions to re-set but none of them have worked. (shorting pin 7 & 17 --pushing in odometer and then turning ignition on) Anybody got any suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #14
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On my 1998 528 I had to do tis differrently, I tried crossing pin 7 to pin 19

This process didn't work for my 1998 528 I. I had to ground the pin #7 to the chassis and then bingo all the lights came back on. I tried several times using 7 and 19 to no avail.

Thanks for the help guys keep up the good work.

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Resetting the service indicator lights on e39 BMW's is relatively the same as with e34 cars.

The service indicator lights are reset by connecting pin 7 to pin 19 (ground) (see illustration below for pin identification.). The proper way to do this is to have the ignition off and place a jumper wire between pins 7 and 19 (make sure you get the right pins!). Then turn the ignition switch to position 2 (run, NOT start), when the service light goes out, turn the ignition off. This should take a few seconds for an oil reset, 8-10 seconds for an inspection reset. All green lights should come on when the service light goes out. The difference between resetting the oil service light and the inspection light is in the length of time you have the jumper in place with the ignition on. This means that if you are resetting the oil service light, you should turn off the ignition immediately after the light goes out. If you leave the jumper in too long with the ignition on, you will perform an inspection reset as well and the next service indicator will come up as an oil service rather than an inspection.




(Note: jumping pins 11 & 14 works as a remote starter, comes in handy when adjusting the valves.)

The service light reset tools that I have seen connect to 3 pins of the diagnostic connector: pin 7,14 and 19. The connection to 14 is to power the tool. The less sophisticated tool has only one switch that connects pin 7 to 19. While those pins are tied together a red LED blinks to measure time. You count blinks and manually turn off the tool after the appropriate number of counts for oil or inspection reset. The more sophisticated tool has two switches, one for oil reset, one for inspection. It must have a built in timer that jumps pin 7 to 19 for the correct time.

Notes on the latest model cars (93 on?):

(can someone please verify this?) It is claimed that the above procedure doesnt quite work on the most recent model year cars. Instead of waiting for the lights to go out, you have to disconnect the jumper between 7 and 19 while the ignition is still on.

To reset OIL SERVICE, maintain the connection for approximately 3 seconds.
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l want to know to reset oil and inspection and l want to know how to chane bmw fuel pump e 39
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