How do I reset the inspection light on my BMW?

How-To | August 11th, 2009 by 61
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It has been a while since we posted some BMW tips and trick, so we decided to to renew that tradition and make it an …

It has been a while since we posted some BMW tips and trick, so we decided to to renew that tradition and make it an habit. Of course, we can’t do this without your help, so with this occasion,  we extend an invitation to all of you that would like to email us some tips, tricks or fixes for our lovely bimmers.

Today, we’re going to show you how to reset your BMW inspection light that shows up on your cluster when you’re bimmer is due for Service Maintenance. One of our friends owns a 325i and he tends to change his oil at different shops who don’t own a BMW reset tool.

Without a doubt, many of you already know this, but for the others that are still new to the BMW world or simply never had to manually reset their light, this might come handy.

BMW Service Indicator Lights Reset

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  1. Ignition OFF (POS 0)
  2. Press and Hold the trip odometer button while turning key to position 1 (ACCESSORY)
  3. Keep the button depressed (about 5 secs.) until you see “Oil Service” or “Inspection” with “Reset” or “Re” in the display then let go

*Note: On vehicles with “High” cluster, you will also see the amount of fuel (in liters) remaining until next service

4.   Press the button again and hold for approx. 5 secs. until “Reset” or “Re” flashes

5.   While the display is flashing, briefly press the button again to reset the Service Interval. After the display has shown the new interval you should see “END SIA” for about 2 secs.

*Note that if the “Reset” or “Re” does not flash, then you have not met the minimum consumption level and cannot reset.

This procedure has been tested on the E46 3 Series, but if you have tried this on other models as well, please let us know and we’ll update this article.

Thanks for the tip Zsolt!

61 responses to “How do I reset the inspection light on my BMW?”

  1. BA says:

    anyone know how to reset the “check engine soon” indicator for an e46 325i.
    it’s been verified all is well but no bmw tool to reset the indicator.

  2. jkp says:

    All well and good, but what about those of us with a more modern Bimmer. How do I reset the inspection monitor for an E82 135i?

  3. peter says:

    thanks for the tip but what is the trip odo meter can you show it with a Photo?

    Thanks Peter

  4. Peter A says:

    Thanks for the reset info, my local garage didn’t know how to do it and i’ve been going there for years!! Worked a treat on my 325 ti.

  5. mark says:

    Worked great for me on 06 X3

  6. Dizzy says:

    Will the instructions above work on my Z4 3.0LTR 2002?? the bimmer reports that an ‘Inspection’ is required in 850 miles?? many thanks

  7. Shamim Abowath says:

    I also managed to reset on my 2004, X3 three liter. It worked great.

  8. Dave says:

    Hey, thanks for the tip, also worked on my 04 X5

  9. iking says:

    what is that mean if my odometer show negative(-7000)my beemer model is 325i,2003 model.pls help thanks..

  10. GSG says:

    I reset the “inspection” on my ’04 X3 but the “inspection” light comes back again. It’s showing -15300km and when I do everything that says here the screen on the car is flashing “reset” and then shows “end” but as soon as I start the car the “inspection” comes back. What can I do now? Please help….

  11. Anthony Boldman says:

    I tried this on my 2005 530i, and it worked great. However, I somehow reset my brake service date back to -9000, so it appears that I’m 9000 miles past due. My red “brake” light is now on–anyway I can reset this?


    • Lnickers says:

      I have the same problem with my brake light “ON”.

      I would like to know how to reset the light also. I had rear brake pads and rotor replaced on my 2007 530i
      and my shop didn’t know to reset the light.

      • Riddly says:

        turn key to position 2 with all lights on. Leave for about a minute, the brake warning light will disappear. This means it is reset at that point.

  12. Reed says:

    This worked to reset the oil change timer. But as soon as this happened, it now alerts me that I need to take it in for inspection in 15,000 miles. That’s great. I don’t want to see the warning every time I turn my car on for the next 15000 miles.

    I can’t reset it because the “reset” word never shows up when I go through these steps. I know I’m doing it right because it worked with the oil service reset.

    I’m driving a 2005 325i

  13. ChengisXan says:

    This did not work for my wife’s 2005 X3, 3.0.

    The instructions seemed to work but did not reset the service engine soon light or change the mileage until next service due.

    Any thoughts?

    Also, the fuel economy indicator recently began displaying 99.9 mpg…any idea how to reset that?


  14. Kendall says:

    I own a 2008 535i. Does anyone know how to reset the mileage counter after an oil change; without taking it to the dealer!! My service advisor wants the equivilent of 2 gold bars for an oil change…..

  15. Jose C says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tip it took me some time but I did it.I just had my oil change and they were not able to reset it for me.thanks again

  16. Patrick says:

    FINNALLLLLY ! i made it ! the trick is to press (when you see the RE or RESET flashing) very shortly, fast…. don’t hold it, it wont work !

  17. Wayne P says:

    Worked on my 2000 323 coupe. But step 5 onwards is a bit different, after the quick push to reset the display only shows SIA, not the new interval. Next button push shows end, next push returns to normal display.

  18. jose says:

    i wanna know how to reset the oil change button on my bimmer 540i 2000 in any body knows i appreciate the information thank,s

  19. Rich says:

    Worked like a charm on my 2007 Z4 M Roadster….we’ll see if it holds :)

  20. Pablo says:

    my 03 318 won’t reset following these steps. Still shows overdue service? Tried it 4 or 5 times but same results, resets flashes but doesn’t reset?
    Any help?

    • Neil says:

      After numerous attempts it is down to how long you press when the reset is flashing… see if it does the trick.

  21. Stargown says:

    I have a 2007 BMW X5 3.0 and its off warranty I would like to know how to unlock the service reminder to change the next service interval. I have followed the post where I press the start buttom without my foot on the brake and pressing the odometer button until the service reminder icons appear I can toggle through each of the service reminders (service due/oil/front brakes/rear brakes/exhaust) but can’t seem to change them. There was a post about unlocking the service reminder ” menu is LOCK to unlock it, you need to go in the menu to option 19 and is going to said “lock on” and then “code 00” to find your code you have to add the last 5 digits of your VIN, my unlock code is 20 then you nove the “code 00” to “code 20” then that menu will have many options like oil temp, cabin temp, real speed, time that said how many hours you have driven and the last one said “RESET” that’s the one that you click and it will reset your service” I don’t know how to change the values in this unlock sequence….any help


  22. Paul says:

    Hi I was driving home from work and my BMW 318is started to judder at 3500rpm as if the rev limiter was kickin in it was raining heavy . I got home n then went out again about 10 min later and it started to do it again but this time at 5000rpm any advice thanks Paul … It’s a 1996 318is coupe :)

  23. Firemane38 says:

    Didnt work for my x5

  24. Kbates05 says:

    Worked on my 03 325i

  25. Brads_7 says:

    This worked for my 2003 X5, thanks!  I had tried another procedure listed online and it did not work.  Its been months, nice to have it corrected, gracias!

  26. Macmhembere says:

    I just reset my car using the steps you provided and I was able to cut my costs with $50 bucks. Thank you so much.

  27. MANNIAN says:

    Worked on my X3 2005…THANK YOU

  28. Mkenyon says:

    “*Note that if the “Reset” or “Re” does not flash, then you have not met the minimum consumption level and cannot reset.”

    What is this minimum consumption level? I think I have this issue…

  29. Jerseys28 says:

    Anyone have any ideas what a TRANS.FAILSAFE.PROG means???  I just recently had a new alternator replaced..  It dosen’t do it all the time but it is often enough for concern..  Once I shut the car down, it seems to reset it’s self for about 10 miles and come back on…
    It’s a 2002 BMW 525I M5 series..
    ANY comments/suggestions welcome..

  30. X3 2008 says:

    I did it to my X3 and it works

  31. Melody says:

    Hi, I am a beemer newbie, I recently bought an 06 inspection light went today, when it did my drivers side seat belt wouldn’t disconnect, my radio/cd player wouldn’t work correctly…does anybody know what this all means and what I should do about it?

  32. Reynoso 04 X3 2.5 says:

    Oh wow, It works fantastically. But what I was doing wrong was when the “reset” flashes you only need to press the bottom again quickly like a click, otherwise it won’t work. try it, I tried it many times before figuring it out. I am glad I did search and thank you guys for posting this valuable information online.

  33. Bernhard Gildemeister says:

    Worked on my 99 E38.

  34. Anthony D'Varga says:

    Sweet! I own a 2003 540i sport wagon and it worked great! It really helped to read the reviews for tips! Thank you!

  35. allie chill says:

    my bmw 320i is having an inspection light on the dash board

  36. Bob says:

    This also worked on my 2001 X5. Thanks!

  37. AS says:

    I need a newbie.i berly bought a used 330ci 2001.And everytime I turn it on .it comes out -33000 ,as well the inspection .So I actually took it to a tune up shop to do the oil change.But it still comes out.does any one know what it means and an estimate how much it’s Guna cost me to fix it??

  38. mary says:

    I have a 1999 BMW 323i when im about to turn the ignition key on my inspection light went on and it says inspection -2995 miles i tried to reset it the way they said but it wouldn’t work n i had n oil change as well.

  39. matt says:

    What does the minimum consumption level mean? Will my car start if the inspection millage is 0?

  40. majic says:

    why bmw 525 do not shows service requirments.

  41. mike says:

    Tested on 2004 BMW X5. Works.

  42. Luis says:

    My ’01 325i did not pass state inspection.

  43. Luis says:

    I need help

  44. Dan says:

    all the info how to reset the “check engine soon” you will find on

  45. Lhagva Alex says:


    I found it is weird that my front lights are on with the automatically and after few minutes, turned off automatically. Sometimes automatically lights are on even when engine is off and doors locked.

    Anyone else has similar experience? I guess light switch module has gone.


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