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Thread: Code stomp test?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Code stomp test?

    My '90 535i doesn't respond to the 'stomp test'. I believe that some of the earlier 535's were not fitted with an engine check bulb as they remained on constantly due to the DME version? I not sure if mine is missing the engine check bulb or not, but as I now have an EAT chip should the 'stomp test' work if a missing engine check bulb was fitted? - TIA
    Last edited by pundit; 03-22-2005 at 01:40 AM.

    1990 E34 535iA, 215,000kms (130,000 miles).
    Dual Climate, Rear Headrests, Rollerblind, M-Tech Wheel,
    Memory Seats, EAT Chip, T-Stars.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Melbourne, Australia


    Yes it should. My car is Australian delivered 89 535i with EAT chip - their was no bulb in the check light socket. I connected a bulb as per information on and stomp test works fine. I used a spare bulb from another socket on back of instrument panel, might have been rear foglights - just make sure it is the correct wattage.

    bill g

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2004


    If you turn the key to position 2 with the engine off; all the lights in the gauge cluster should light. This is so you can check if a bulb is burned out.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2004


    Stomp test was only a requirement for US cars and maybe some Canadian are also eqipped with this. Environmental matters related to emission control.
    Do not mix up the indication/warning in the check control with the stomp test.
    Stomp test is completely different.
    No European spec car has it, also not the Japanese specification cars.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    I tried the test once on a Canadian 91 525im and got no response. I assumed it was because there was nothing to read. I do have a check engine light in working order, but am now curious as to whether I can perform the stomp test. Should I be able to retrieve codes without the check engine light illuminated? If nothing is 'wrong' should I still get codes?


    Dave M

    10/90 Build 525im, 630,000+km, Eibach/Sachs, Engine Rebuild
    *RIP Oskar the DOG *

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Eastern Tennessee USi


    you still should get the good to go code.
    95 E34 530I V2.37
    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    John F. Kennedy

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