I have a BMW 318i SE (1999 model), recently on cold mornings I've noticed a yellow warning light on my dash then when the car gets warm it goes off, however, it has now started to stay on permanently, is this the battery or radiator warning light? Not too sure what to do, any help would be great as I'm quite worried!
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Re: battery or radiator light on a 1999 BMW 318i SE
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What you are looking at is the Service Indicator. The green, yellow and red lights let you know when service needs to be performed. The green lights mean everything is still good. The yellow lights mean "anytime you're ready." The red lights mean do the service ASAP. There are also two other lighted areas. One says "inspection," the other says "oil change" (or oil service.) An oil change is an oil change. However, there are two inspections: Inspection 1 is normally at every other 15,000 miles; Inspections 2 is at every 30,000 miles. Your local BMW dealer should have a pamphlet listing all duties performed for each of the services. Inspection 2 can run you around $400-$800 depending on the service station/dealership's labor rates. Inspections 1 should be around 1/2 of that. You should have your oil changed about every 5000 miles. Dealership oil changes can range from $35-$65. A BMW that is well taken care of will last a long time.
FYI, don't be surprised if the SI (service indicator) board decides to **** out one day. I'm surprised to see yours is still working (they usually die within 10 years unless someone went thru the expense to have it replaced.) If/when it does go, just gauge your services by the mileage intervals I've listed above. I'd also recommend when you stop into (or just call) the dealership, go to the parts department and order an owner's manual for your BMW. Should be less than $20 and get to you in about a week unless they have one in stock. When the service tech has performed the necessary service(s), he will reset your SI board so that only green lights are showing.
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I pressume it is the led youre talking about. Only some keys have a visible led. open the key transmitter and check if there is a led at the front. It could be round or a square block. If so insert batteries and brigde the batteries to complete the voltage circiut and press a button to see check if the led lights up. If so your key must be programmed for your system.
something in the airbag system is at fault. it could be the airbag(s) itself or any of the sensors that detect a crash to deploy the airbag. i would really take it into BMW and have it checked & repaired. the airbag(s) will not deploy with this light on so your safety is at risk if you are ever in an accident..
It could mean that you are low on anti freeze. Or if you do not have a temp gauge it could mean that the engine is getting hot.I would look in the owners manual if you have it and it should give you a much more detailed description of what it means.
this problem is most commonly caused by the rotating contact under the steering wheel (also called the clock-spring contact), it has developed and open circuit, the airbag control/diagnostic monitor senses this and disables the airbag system
Sometimes you can reset the engine warning light by disconnecting the battery for ten minutes or more (be sure you have your stereo unlock code if needed). That is not a good solution, it is better to diagnose and eventually fix the problem. Have the car computer scanned with a code reader, the codes you get in return witll tell you exactly where to find the problem.
Here is the code list.
To get the codes the code reader must be connected to the car computer.
sometimes on Bmw you may need a Interface 16 pin Adapter, depending on the code reader.