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How to reset a BMW computer

Updated March 23, 2017

BMWs are sophisticated cars. In fact, most of the diagnostics and displays are run by computer. When you have maintenance done on your car like an oil change, the mechanic will reset the computer to start counting again till your next service time. What if you change the oil and filter yourself? Follow the steps below to reset a BMW computer.

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  1. Turn your ignition key to the accessory position when the lights and radio come on (before starting the car).

  2. Press and hold the "Trip" button on the instrument panel until the red light comes on.

  3. Press the "Trip" button a second time and hold until "Reset" appears.

  4. Press the "Trip" button a third time. The computer is now reset.

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Jason Gordon is a professional writer and editor. In addition to online work, he has written for "Texas Highways," "AAA Southwest," "Glimpse," the "University of Washington Daily" and the "Dallas Morning News." Gordon's passions include animals, reading and finding the perfect pairings of pastry and espresso.

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