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    Hi there, I wanted to know if this tool thats on ebay would work on my car. It just resets the oil service and inspection service and one other thing. My car has diagnostic plugs one under the driver footwell that sdays OBD (16 pin) and the other in the engine bay which is a screw cap and pin connecter. Can anyone tell me if I have the obd 2? as it says on the ebay listing will work on car year 2000+, some say 2001 + and connects to the 16 pin OBD2 in the passenger footwell (which I have, I just dont know if its OBD2 as mine says OBD and is a 1999 e46)
    I tried using someones who had this tool (older version) which connects to the engine obd but it didnt work on mine. Any help much appreciated.
    Another guy tried this tool on his e46 323i 1998 and it worked from the engine bay.
     
     

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    If you are just wanting to reset your oil/Inspection have you tried this

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    Thats cool, and I will try that, althought im going to have to get the speedometer out and check the connection as the mileage reset pin dosnt seem to working when you press it in. I would like to reset the inspection interval as well as its only got 200 miles left. Do you have both connectors or just one? Mines got two.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphy323i View Post
    Do you have both connectors or just one? Mines got two.
    Yes I have 2 pins

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    Ok is there a specific way of knowing if you have OBD 1 or 2? As a quick search on the web suggests it all depends when it became a requirement to have OBD2 and this varies from country to country. Some info says that all E46's may have had it in Europe to meet upcoming requirements but surely there is a clearcut way of knowing this?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphy323i View Post
    Ok is there a specific way of knowing if you have OBD 1 or 2?
    Mine is OBD2 and just like yours is in the footwell but on drivers side mine just says OBD on it to and looks like this
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    Mine looks exactly the same as that, thanks for that its really helpful and it looks as though I may have OBD2 then.
     
     

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    I think it was around September 2000 that BMW removed the diagnostic socket under the bonnet and made the OBD socket under the dash fully functional. If you have the round one under the bonnet you can get an adapter on eBay. You will probably find that the inside OBD port just does the basic OBD functions whereas the under bonnet socket does these plus the BMW specific functions as well.
    As jim 320d says, you don’t need a tool to reset the service/inspection, but you will need to fix the trip push button.
    If you can’t reset the trip it’s probably because someone has had the cluster apart. You need to take the cluster to bits and line up the two push rods carefully for them to work correctly.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompDoc View Post
    I think it was around September 2000 that BMW removed the diagnostic socket under the bonnet and made the OBD socket under the dash fully functional. If you have the round one under the bonnet you can get an adapter on eBay. You will probably find that the inside OBD port just does the basic OBD functions whereas the under bonnet socket does these plus the BMW specific functions as well.
    As jim 320d says, you don’t need a tool to reset the service/inspection, but you will need to fix the trip push button.
    If you can’t reset the trip it’s probably because someone has had the cluster apart. You need to take the cluster to bits and line up the two push rods carefully for them to work correctly.
    So I have both the round one under the bonnet and the one under the dash. Im only unsure which cheap reset tool to get as the round one didnt work when tried it at a meet on Sunday which is he one that is up to 2001 and the under bonnet tool is from 2000 (both 8 quid on ebay.
    Can you reset the inspection interval number like in the oil service reset shown in the above video?If so ill get the buttons lined up properly, It did work before but its my fault not lining them up right after putting in chrome rings.
     
     

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    Generally, if you have both the round connector under the bonnet and the OBD port under the dash, you get more functionality from the round one. Although they are notorious for bad connections on the pins. I suppose because they don't get used for years and are under the bonnet, its not unusaul for them not to work the first time you plug a diagnostic tool into them. A good cleanup with contact cleaner usually does the job. You will still probably get some OBD codes from the one under the dash, using a diagnostic tool but they will probably be general OBD codes common to lots of cars but may be enough to point you in the right direction if you have a problem. If you just want to reset the service light, then you can do it by following the video and save yourself the cost of a diagnostic tool and adapter.
     
     

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