How to reset a BMW e36 srs light

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How to reset a BMW e36 srs light
Reset the BMW E36 with a reset tool. (VOITURE BERLINE (allemande) ref 1479 image by Marie-Thérèse GUIHAL from

In order to remove and reset the air bag light, also known as the SRS light on a BMW, a reset tool is needed. The Service Light Plus airbag reset tool, which is available for purchase at most auto parts stores, is designed to work on the BMW E36 and is easy to use by connecting it to the BMWs data link connector, located under the vehicles dashboard beside the hood release latch.

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Things you need

  • Service Light Plus airbag reset tool

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  1. 1

    Park the BMW on level ground.

  2. 2

    Attach the air bag reset tool to the BMW's data link connector, under the dashboard.

  3. 3

    Switch the BMW's ignition on.

  4. 4

    Anticipate for the tool's screen to illuminate and select "BMW" on the screen with the scroll buttons on the tool and press the reset tool's "OK" button.

  5. 5

    Use the scroll buttons to select the "E36" model and press the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Use the scroll buttons to select "Reset of Airbag" and press the "OK" button.

  7. 7

    Wait for the message "Reset OK." Switch the BMW's ignition off and remove the air bag reset tool.

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