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My 99 bmw 318 e46 service light after resetting from inspection has reverted to oil service 25000k and will not reset no matter how many times I try. The speedo reading is 54000k. Does this mean I havve to wait 25000k before resetting?

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Indicator lights come on often when the sensor has failed and needs replacing   the computer itself may be faulty and is not resetting and may need to be replaced

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