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318i service light

By LED test light are you meaning a special tool from BMW or a simple auto indicator lamp (as most are standard fillament bulb type)

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A simple auto indicator lamp you can bay on market will be excellent

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The esp bas light is on my 2009 dodge 1500 and it won't start


An Electronic Stability Program (ESP)/Brake Assist System (BAS) indicator is standard equipment on all instrument clusters. The ESP/BAS indicator is serviced as a unit with the instrument cluster.
The ESP/BAS indicator gives an indication to the vehicle operator when the Electronic Stability Program (ESP)/Brake Assist System (BAS) has been activated. This indicator is controlled by a transistor on the instrument cluster circuit board based upon cluster programming and electronic messages received by the cluster from the Controller Antilock Brake (CAB) and the Transmission Control Module (TCM) over the Controller Area Network (CAN) data bus.
The ESP/BAS indicator Light Emitting Diode (LED) is completely controlled by the instrument cluster logic circuit, and that logic will only allow this indicator to operate when the instrument cluster receives a battery current input on the fused ignition switch output (run-start) circuit. Therefore, the LED will always be OFF when the ignition switch is in any position except ON or START. The LED only illuminates when it is provided a path to ground by the instrument cluster transistor. The instrument cluster will turn ON the ESP/BAS indicator for the following reasons:
  1. Bulb Test- Each time the ignition switch is turned to the ON position the ESP/BAS indicator is illuminated for about four seconds as a bulb test.
  2. ESP/BAS Indicator Lamp-On Message- Each time the cluster receives an electronic ESP/BAS indicator lamp-ON message from the CAB indicating that the ESP/BAS system has been activated, the ESP/BAS indicator will be illuminated. The indicator remains illuminated until the cluster receives a lamp-OFF message from the CAB, or until the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position, whichever occurs first.
  3. ESP Full Off Textual Message- Each time the cluster receives an electronic ESP Full OFF indicator lamp-ON message from the CAB indicating that the ESP/BAS system has been manually disabled, an ESP OFF textual message will appear within the cluster odometer display. The ESP OFF textual message remains displayed until the cluster receives a lamp-OFF message from the CAB, or until the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position, whichever occurs first.
  4. Actuator Test- Each time the cluster is put through the actuator test, the ESP/BAS indicator will be turned ON, then OFF again during the bulb check portion of the test to confirm the functionality of the LED and the cluster control circuitry.
The CAB continually monitors the ESP/BAS circuits and sensors to decide whether the system is in good operating condition and the proper outputs to the components of the system. The CAB then sends the proper lamp-ON or lamp-OFF message to the Electro Mechanical Instrument Cluster (EMIC) (also known as the Cab Compartment Node/CCN).
For proper diagnosis of the ESP/BAS system, the CAB, the TCM, the EMIC, the CAN data bus or the electronic communication related to the ESP/BAS indicator operation a diagnostic scan tool is required. Refer to the appropriate diagnostic information.

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There an orange indication on the dashboard of my bmw 318i shaped like an engine.


That means a fault code has been loaded into the computer memory. You will need to connect a scan tool to the ODBII port and read the code to determine what is wrong.

Dec 11, 2014 | 2001 BMW 318i

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I need to reset the service interval indicator for a 318i 2008 plate


3 choices: A) Dealer B) Specialty Shop OR C)Buy the rest tool from Bav.Auto.com
Many a BMW owner owns the reset tool, especially if you do a bunch of your own maintenance.

Feb 26, 2011 | 2008 BMW 3 Series

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How to remove old and install new ac belt in a 1995 bmw 318i


These are Torque bolts, you can purchase these at any auto accessory shop.

Apr 06, 2010 | 2004 BMW 5 Series

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What is the fix for the etc light what part can be replaced. At first my check eng light came on it was the egr, then one day after work it was about 40 degrees i went to start the truck and it was hard to...


An Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) indicator is standard equipment on all instrument clusters. On Dodge vehicles, this indicator is located near the bottom of the speedometer dial face of the cluster overlay, to the right of center. On Chrysler vehicles, this indicator is located near the upper left corner of the cluster overlay, above the fuel gauge.
OPERATION The Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) indicator gives an indication to the vehicle operator when the ETC system, or a circuit or component of the system is ineffective. The ETC indicator is controlled by a transistor on the instrument cluster circuit board based upon cluster programming and electronic messages received by the cluster from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) (also known as the Engine Control Module/ECM) over the Controller Area Network (CAN) data bus.
The ETC indicator Light Emitting Diode (LED) is completely controlled by the instrument cluster logic circuit, and that logic will only allow this indicator to operate when the instrument cluster receives a battery current input on the fused ignition switch output (run-start) circuit. Therefore, the LED will always be OFF when the ignition switch is in any position except ON or START. The LED only illuminates when it is provided a path to ground by the instrument cluster transistor. The instrument cluster will turn ON the ETC indicator for the following reasons:
  1. Bulb Test- Each time the ignition switch is turned to the ON position the ETC indicator is illuminated for about three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds. The entire bulb test is a function of the instrument cluster.
  2. ETC Indicator Lamp-On Message- Each time the cluster receives an electronic ETC indicator lamp-ON message from the PCM, the ETC indicator will be illuminated. The indicator can be flashed ON and OFF, or illuminated solid, as dictated by the PCM message. The indicator remains illuminated solid or continues to flash for about 12 seconds or until the cluster receives a lamp-OFF message from the PCM, whichever is longer. If the indicator is illuminated solid with the engine running the vehicle will usually remain drivable. If the indicator is flashing with the engine running the vehicle may require towing. A flashing indicator means the ETC system requires immediate service. The indicator will be extinguished when the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position.
  3. Actuator Test- Each time the cluster is put through the actuator test, the ETC indicator will be turned ON, then OFF again during the bulb check portion of the test to confirm the functionality of the LED and the cluster control circuitry. The actuator test illumination of the ETC indicator is a function of the PCM.
The PCM continually monitors the ETC system circuits and sensors to decide whether the system is in good operating condition. The PCM then sends the proper lamp-ON or lamp-OFF message to the ElectroMechanical Instrument Cluster (EMIC) (also known as the Cab Compartment Node/CCN). If the PCM sends a lamp-ON message after the bulb test, it indicates that the PCM has detected an ETC system malfunction or that the ETC system is ineffective. The PCM will store a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) for any malfunction it detects.
For proper diagnosis of the ETC system, the PCM, the EMIC, the CAN data bus or the electronic communication related to ETC indicator operation a diagnostic scan tool is required. Refer to the appropriate diagnostic information

Your best bet ,take it to a qualified repair shop.

Nov 13, 2017 | 2004 Dodge Ram 1500

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Just got a 1998 bmw e46 318i se auto. Auto warning light was coming on frequent, and going into protection mode. Took to bmw dealer, who run tests, and filled with gear box fluid. Problem still occurs, but...


if the transmission was low on fluid you may have worn some parts,take this to a shop that specializes in BMW transmissions,this is not for the local transmission guy,special tools needed to test the transmission,may have to be re-programed

Nov 11, 2009 | 1997 BMW 318

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BMW 318i Service Light


BMW SERVICE RESET Take a small wire, paperclip, or elect wire and bend like a horseshoe. No light or equipment necessary Open the diagnostic data port, the one were the little pacman centre is located. Turn the ignition to position 2, don?t start. Connect pin7 always first and then pin 19. Hold for 4 seconds. Remove wire and settings will be reset. Warning if you hold the wire longer than 10 seconds you may reset inspection intervals 1 and 2. I?ve done this twice and it definitely work on my E36

Jul 19, 2008 | 1996 BMW 318

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Turning of oil service light on OBD II


My recommendation is definitely in the certified sevis because if you make a wrong conection wires can spoil the main computer

Jun 25, 2008 | 1996 BMW 318

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Bmw 318i e30 j reg


what the light looks like? if it looks like a little engine then thas the check engine light than tells you when a sensor is not working good and needs to be check with scan tool in an auto repair
but nothing to be worry car will be driveable but won't pass smog test until fix, if light does not loook like a little engine or motor then let me know how doe it look like

Jun 01, 2008 | BMW 318 Cars & Trucks

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