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BMW On Board Computer (OBC) secrets!

31st March 2007

BMW On Board Computer (OBC) secrets!

Hi Friends,

 

I’m really excited about this new article and I think you will be excited too. I have found an article which describes the secrets hidden inside BMW E36 on board computer (OBC). It’s really fascinating me that the Germans in 1993 or so were having such things. All I can say is WOW!. OK, enough talking about the Germans, so Mr. OBC here turned to be not as simple as I really thought at first. It has many information that is hidden and can be displayed with tiny effort. I’m almost sure that you’re going to love the article below. I just wanted to say that you should make sure to try the Instrument Panel Tests. It’s really cool to watch your car checking itself.

 

 

 

Note: I did try almost all what’s written in here and it’s working great.

 

 

Disclaimer: Use this info at your own risk!! I’m not responsible for your mistakes man! :D

 

There are many interesting functions available on the E36 OBC (On Board Computer) that are not documented in the owner’s manual, including changing the language of the display. The procedures described here work on my ’97 328iC, which has the upgraded OBC – they may work on other models of similar vintage.

 

Contents:

  • Programming the Display Order

  • Accessing Data

  • Unlock the Display

  • Test Codes

  • Setting the Country Code

  • Instrument Panel Tests

 

Programming the OBC to Display Contents in a Desired Order:

 

When you repeatedly press in on the turn signal stalk, the OBC display cycles through the various information types that it has in memory. The default sequence is: CONSUM1, CONSUM2, EXT. TEMP, SPEED, LIMIT, DIST and TIMER. If you want to change the display order, use the following procedure:
Press-in and hold the turn stalk for about 5 seconds. The OBC display will change to Prog 1. Press the button corresponding to the first function you would like to have displayed in the sequence. For example, if you would like the outside temperature to be displayed first, press the TEMP button. The display will then change to Prog2. Continue pressing the OBC buttons in the order you want, up through nine entries. You don’t have to enter all nine – if you would like the display to cycle only between TEMP and RANGE, simply enter those two items as Prog 1 and Prog 2. When finished, press the SET/RES button to store the sequence in memory.

To revert to the default order, simply press SET/RES as soon as Prog 1 is displayed.

 

 

Accessing Data in the OBC:

The OBC contains a lot of data, and displays the data in a manner determined by the country code that is stored in it. The technique to access this data is as follows:
Press the 1000 and 10 keys simultaneously. You should see Test-Nr.: appear in the display.
The table below lists the available test codes that are available. Enter a test code number, using the number keys, followed by the SET/RES key. However, to access codes other than 1, 10, 14, 19, and 21,
you have to first unlock the OBC, using the procedure described below.
Read the results.
For test numbers 10 and 11, enter a new value (if desired) and press SET/RES.
Return to the normal display functions by pressing CHECK or any other key.
 
Unlock the Display:

Most of the test sequences require you to first unlock the display before. Enter test code 19 using the above procedure. The display should read LOCK:ON. Then enter an unlocking code consisting of the sum of the current month plus date (for example, if today is July 11, enter 18). Then press SET/RES, and the OBC is now unlocked.
 

Test Codes:

Following is a listing of the available tests, along with with my notes as to what I think each test means. Note that the display uses European conventions for decimals (i.e., the number 61,7 is 61.7f or us Americans). You will see that I don’t have good explanations for several of these test codes
 


Test Code No.

Display

Notes

Display Must Be Unlocked First?

01

All LED display elements are lit

Verify that the display is working properly

No

02

VBR: n,n l/100km

n,n = instantaneous fuel usage in liters/100 km

Yes

03

VBR: n,n l/h

n,n = instantaneous fuel usage in liters per hour

Yes

04

RW-VBR: n,n l/100

n,n = average fuel usage in liter/100 km.

Yes

05

RW: nnn km

nnn = range in km

Yes

06

Not used

Yes

07

TMTL: nn,n l

nn,n = fuel remaining (in liters)

Yes

08

V: n km/h

n = instantaneous speed in km/h

Yes

09

UB: nn,nn V

nn,nn = system voltage (should be
around 13,80)

Yes

10

LAND: n xxx *

Country code — for US drivers
should be set to 2 USA — see description below

No

11

EINHEIT n: xx *

?? There are two EINHEIT displays: the values for xx in EINHEIT 1 can range between B0 and BF, and for EINHEIT 2 range between 0F and FF (mine is set to B3 and FF, respectively). Press the 1000 or 100 key to switch between EINHEIT 1 and EINHEIT 2.

Yes

12

VANK nn km/h

nn = average speed

Yes

13

ANK: nn:nn

nn:nn = ETA (will display
–:–
if the OBC’s distance function is not in use)

Yes

14

ROM: dd.mm.yy

dd.mm.yyyy = Software version date. Mine is 25.06.1991

No

15

DIAG: nn nn nnn xx

Diagnosis code? Mine is 01 05 255 FA

Yes

16

PORT: nn nnnnnnnn

Port codes? Press 1000
or 100 key to cycle port numbers. For example, PORT 01 is 10101000

Yes

17

PROM: nn nn

?? Mine reads 00 12

Yes

18

HORN: xxxx

DTON or DTOFF?
(Single tone horn versus dual tone)

Yes

19

LOCK: xx

xx = ON or OFF.
See description above for method.

No

20

KVBR: nnnn

nnnn = Fuel rate calibration factor. Mine is set to 1000

Yes

21

RESET?

Reset all defect codes? Also erases all stored values in the OBC (i.e, fuel consumption, avg. speed, timer, etc) and clock.

Yes

 


Note: #20 The factor is used to correct the OBC Avg Fuel Consumption figure to reality. If your OBC is off a bit, fill it UP totally and then run the tank down and refill. Then calculate your Actual MPG. Now enter test #20 get the old Correction Factor. NEW CF = OLD CF *(Actual MPG/OBC MPG)

Setting the Country Code:

If your OBC suddenly starts displaying every thing in German, and you would like to put it back to English, use test sequence number 10. Once you’re into test number 10, press the 1 key several times, and you’ll see the display cycle through various country options. For example, 0 is for Germany (the display reads LAND:0 D * – I assume D stands for Deutschland). As you cycle through the options, you’ll see choices for the Great Britain, USA, France, Canada, etc. Once the display is on the country you want, press the SET/RES key to store your choice into memory — for US drivers the display should be set to LAND: 2 USA * . Then press the CHECK key, and the display will reflect the units of the country you’ve chosen.

Instrument Panel Tests:

With the engine off, press and hold the trip mileage reset button, and then turn the key to accessory position 2 (OBC and radio come on). The LED display on the instrument panel (which normally is the odometer) will change to tESt01 and then will begin to cycle through several displays. Release the button. The display will continue to cycle through several displays. Here’s the data my car displays:
 


Display

Display Sequence

Notes


363758


1

BMW Part No.


0000


2

Code No.?


7504


3

K No.?


nnnnn


4


Last 5 digits of VIN


230


5

Software Version


62


6

Revision Index Hardware No.

 

Finally, all LED elements will light, and all gauges will cycle once.
You can press the mileage-reset button again to access more tests. Tests 2 through4 are always unlocked and hence available. Tests 5 through 14 are normally locked — to access these you must first unlock the display-using test 15.Otherwise the display simply shows: ——–.
 

 

 

Display

Test Sequence

Notes

n

02

Engine type: n = 2 for 4-cylinder engine, 3 for 6-cylinder, and 4 for 8-cylinder

nnnnnn

03

km traveled since last oil service reset.

nnnn

04

Age of car, in days

For tests 5 – 13, display must first be unlocked using sequence 15.

n

05

SI evaluation factor: n = 0 or 1 (over-rev), t= 0 or 1 (engine temp over heat)

 

06

Fuel level and coolant temp. Displays hexadec codes relating to gauge position:

Fuel Gauge Hex value:
A (empty) —-> 0d
End of Reserve —-> 37
B ——> 54
C ——–> 90
D ———> c4
E (full) ——> f0

Engine Temp Hex value:
A ——-> ce
B ——–> 6d
C ——–> 5c
D (center) ——> 4f-23
E ——–> 1e
F ———> 18

 

07

Current engine RPM

 

08

Current road speed in km/h

nnnnnn A

09

Distance – used to compare odometer mileage in the EPROM vs. the coding plug. If the two values don’t agree (for example, if one of these elements was replaced), the manipulation dot will illuminate. This function will synchronize the two readings to the highest value. Press and hold the reset button for 4 seconds, and the lower mileage reading will be overwritten by the higher, and the manipulation dot is cancelled.

bbbbbb

10

Status bits – input signal (0=low
or 1= high):
1: seat belt: fastened =0
2: ignition lock: key inserted=0
3: door contact: door open = 0
4: clock button pressed = 0
5: SI reset = 0
6: EGS transmission failure = 0

bbbbbb

11

Status bits – output signals:
1: Gond output
2: Brake warning lamp
3: Low fuel warning lamp
4: EGA lamp
5: Seat belt lamp
6: manipulation dot

——

12

Not used

nn

13

Country code of cluster (USA = 02)

 

14

Software reset

L On/Off

15

Lock Status (on or off). Press and hold the reset button for about five seconds until the display reads "OFF". Now you can access test sequences 5 through 14.

 

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Best regards,

Tony Sticks.

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28th March 2007

Fixing BMW E36 door panel!

Hi Friends,

 

The door panels in BMW E36 and especially the coupe type is a very common problem that every owner will sooner or later face. As you might have guessed I’m facing this problem right now with my babe :-(. So it’s time to fix it, but I realized that I don’t have any knowledge about the issue, so how am I supposed to fix it. Well, as usual, I will go out and dig to find some people who faced this problem before me and successfully solved it. I’ve found this post which describes the process in detail and I thought I should share it with you guys. Maybe you’d like to do the same to your cars.

 

Note: don’t forget to buy some clips before starting the surgery, otherwise you will fail to do the job successfully. Good luck!

 

 

Disclaimer: Use this procedure at your own risk!! I’m not responsible for your mistakes man! :D

 

This is a simple way to fix you sagging or lose door card. I spent about 10 min doing everything, the only catch is that you will need to let the
adhesive cure or dry.

 

Removal: The panel is fastened by clips and screws, there are 2 screws tucked behind the handle on the arm rest, simply pop the covers off and unscrew them, after that just pull the door card off and unplug the speakers, the speaker wires pull right out, don’t be to
aggressive though as you may damage them.

 

Things you’ll need once the door panel is off:

Pliers, and RTV silicone.

 

This is what it looked like before I took it off the car

 

 

This is what the repair did

 

 

Once I examined the door I found what the cause was. There is a plastic molding holding the door clips that was glued to the door card and had separated itself due to many opening and closings.

 

 

Some of the clips were broken as well. I recommend purchasing new ones from the dealer, don’t be a cheap wad. You should have these clips before the repair so that you can do everything at once. To remove the clips simply wist and pull them with pliers, they are notched and are designed to be done that way.

 

 

 

Remove the clips before you decide to apply the adhesive as this may cause some issues later on in the repair. To put new clips in, just twist them in with your fingers, it doesn’t take much effort.

 

 

Next you simply apply the adhesive thoroughly. Cleaning shouldn’t really be an issue, but if you decide to clean the area, use a mild soap and warm water. Push down on the plastic to spread the silicone around, you don’t need to smooth it, let the plastic do the work for you, plus you don’t get dirty.

 

 

That’s pretty much it for the repair, the next thing you’ll want to do is apply pressure. I chose to use a piece of cylinder poly and laid my amp on it. You’ll want to have adequate pressure to ensure a tight bond. When you add the weight, have the door panel somewhere that will be out of ways harm. I chose the coffee table….

 

 

 

Let the RTV dry before you mount it back on the car. I let mine sit over night just to be safe. Simply reverse the removal process to re-attach the door panel…and your finished

 

Hope this helps, it’s super easy and cheap, it’s not the most interesting thing in the world but I needed it fixed so I’m sure someone else does to. If you guys think I left something out then let me know but I think I covered everything.

 

Are you looking for more do it yourself procedures (DIY) ? I recommend the Bentley BMW 3 series service manual for you. I got it and I think it’s a gold mine for us -BMW E36 Owners-. If you didn’t grab your copy yet, get it right now! I’m sure you’ll find this book worth every penny you’ve paid for. Get the Bentley BMW 3 series service manual

 

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Tony Sticks.

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26th March 2007

Wild BMW 328i E36 drifts . . . A must see!

Hey friends,

 

As usual, I keep searching for the wildest and most exciting videos for BMW E36. I hope you’re satisfied with my taste so far and since I didn’t receive any hate messages until now, this means that my taste is at least ok for you LOOOL! OK, now for our new video. It’s a wild BMW E36 with some crazy drifting that I have to admit are fantastic. The guy is really pro in doing this stuff. Besides, the car itself is looks awesome.

 

Take a look . . . it’s really nice.

 



 

I hope you liked the video . . . if not, come on let’s see your videos ;-)

 

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Best regards,

Tony Sticks.

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25th March 2007

A great tip for BMW owners!

Hello guys,

 

Yesterday, I was cleaning my car interior when I noticed a very nice option in my car that I didn’t know about it before in E36s. But because I was cleaning and very busy with it, I couldn’t check it until today. This morning, I sit behind my wheel and tried it and it was really fantastic. Did you want to know what I’ve found? Did I have you attention? LOOOL! ok, cut the crap, I will let you know what I’ve found.

 

Have you ever noticed that the turn signal stick behind your wheel has an arrow drawn on it with a BC text on it? If not, then I think you should sit behind your car wheel and try to see it. If you see that, then press the turn signal stick and you’ll notice that it’s clicking. What do you think this click do? It controls the OBD (On Board Computer). Every time you click on it, it will move to the next option and display it on the screen of your OBD. If you didn’t understand the procedure, I prepared some photos for you.

 


 

 

 

 

 



Hmmm… nice find isn’t it. I hope you liked it as much as I did. OK bye for now and I
will be BACK.

 

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Tony Sticks.

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22nd March 2007

BMW with a horn blaster, cool!

My friends,

 

Hi again. I’ve always hated horn blasters and I thought the guy who invented these should be hanged while putting a horn blaster close to his ears .. LOOL! that’s really nasty. I sometimes amaze myself with these bad ideas :D.  Anyway, today I’ve changed my mind. I think I like horn blasters when they come of course with a BMW flavor. I found this video for a BMW with a horn blaster and I think it’s very cool. Also the people’s reactions are hilarious. Enjoy and let me know what you think. The driver is a bad guy, but try to look at the bright side of the story ok ?

 

Take a look . . . it’s really nice.

 



 

I hope you liked the video . . . if not, come on let’s see your videos ;-)

 

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Tony Sticks.

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