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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-28-2017, 05:35 AM
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Posted By johnf
The wires look fine from this great distance. Can...

The wires look fine from this great distance. Can you see or feel an cracks in the wire insulation?

Did you use an ohmmeter to check fuse 37? A blown fuse is not always obvious to the naked eye.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-27-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By johnf
Oh, I was pretty sure you didn't mean me, but...

Oh, I was pretty sure you didn't mean me, but thought the OP might chance to share a little of my confusion.

Earlier, when I tried to reply with further directions, I actually could not, and...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-27-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By johnf
I can confuse myself tolerably well if I call out...

I can confuse myself tolerably well if I call out the direction from the driver's seat, add the lid, and savor the cognitive dissonance. But that is probably just me. :)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-27-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By johnf
Assuming you have the U.S. BMW/Alpine alarm, I...

Assuming you have the U.S. BMW/Alpine alarm, I suppose you could unplug the control unit. It should have been added behind the glove box. It can be more challenging to unplug a factory installed...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-27-2017, 02:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By johnf
You want to inspect the cable that runs from the...

You want to inspect the cable that runs from the trunk to the trunk lid, where it bends most sharply, near the lid, as you close it. You will likely see that the cable bends quite sharply which, over...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-27-2017, 02:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By johnf
That could be the LED for a U.S.,...

That could be the LED for a U.S., dealer-installed BMW/Alpine alarm. The factory alarm LED looks like this:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/images/EuroLED.jpg
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-11-2017, 04:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By johnf
A short in the trunk-to-trunk lid cable could...

A short in the trunk-to-trunk lid cable could explain the central locking system blowing fuses. A replacement wiring kit is BMW p/n 61 12 8 391 788.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-21-2016, 04:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By johnf
Do you really have a comfort relay? A 1998...

Do you really have a comfort relay?

A 1998 328i sedan should not have one (a 1998 coupe with electric, rear vent windows, however, does).
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-22-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By johnf
I would be curious how much the speedometer...

I would be curious how much the speedometer over-reads. The OP may be pleasantly surprised.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-13-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,349
Posted By johnf
IIRC, it is a 10W bulb, so 10W/12V = 870 mA.

IIRC, it is a 10W bulb, so 10W/12V = 870 mA.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-13-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,349
Posted By johnf
I designed and added a plug-and-play timer that...

I designed and added a plug-and-play timer that shuts off the trunk light after 15 minutes. I would like to refine it so that you can have it immediately shut off the trunk light, for taking...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-13-2016, 12:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,349
Posted By johnf
I used to remove the bulb.

I used to remove the bulb.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-12-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,349
Posted By johnf
The owner's manual might suggest the trunk light...

The owner's manual might suggest the trunk light is on a timer, but I discovered mine certainly was not.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-12-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,349
Posted By johnf
ydx0018 could have a long and counter-productive...

ydx0018 could have a long and counter-productive wait. If I make no mistake, only the E36 cabrios have their trunk lights on a timer. The light on a sedan or coupe stays on until you close the trunk...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-08-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By johnf
In case you missed it:...

In case you missed it: http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2316462-E36-coupe-rear-power-windows-need-wiring-diag-and-or-video
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-12-2016, 09:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,319
Posted By johnf
As in 12 times an hour? That seems a might bit...

As in 12 times an hour? That seems a might bit infrequent. When I designed a check control for my superannuated 3er, I wanted the filaments to appear off when they should be off, and reduced the test...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-12-2016, 06:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,319
Posted By johnf
Ohhhh. I think I feel some rapid continental...

Ohhhh. I think I feel some rapid continental drift.

What's your continent or country?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-11-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,319
Posted By johnf
Yes, that is normal. I like it because it gives...

Yes, that is normal. I like it because it gives some help in judging the closing distance of a car with a burnt out headlight.

See if you can find some warm-white LEDs with something like a 3400K...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-31-2016, 01:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By johnf
You want want one meant for a six-cylinder E36....

You want want one meant for a six-cylinder E36. If the vendor gives a BMW part number, you can try cross checking its intended models over at www.realom.com, for example, like this...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-30-2016, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By johnf
Others have not been so lucky. A 6-banger...

Others have not been so lucky.

A 6-banger tail light in a 4, should lose the left brake light and 1 of 2 tail lights on each side.

If the check control is doing its job, a 4-banger tail light...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-30-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By johnf
Noooooo, pleeeeease don't write that. There are...

Noooooo, pleeeeease don't write that. There are two versions of the rear tail lights for these three body styles: one for cars with check control (the six bangers) and one for cars without (the four...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-25-2016, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By johnf
You are looking for something like the BMW E36...

You are looking for something like the BMW E36 electrical troubleshooting manuals. There are different ones by model, market and year. You used to be able to buy them (we did) but that was before the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-25-2016, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By johnf
Out of curiosity, are they aftermarket rear...

Out of curiosity, are they aftermarket rear lighting units? I thought there were some that you could jumper for either a CC or non-CC car or perhaps that is a wish being father to the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-25-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By johnf
IIRC, the non-check control (non-CC) units the...

IIRC, the non-check control (non-CC) units the car is wired for, daisy chain the brake light and rear position light from one tail light assembly to the other, whereas the CC units don't. The above...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-25-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By johnf
Any chance you can get the vendor to send you the...

Any chance you can get the vendor to send you the correct, non-check control tail lights for your car? That would be quite a bit faster and easier than hacking up the wiring.

Here is a DIY...
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