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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 255
Posted By johnf
That is something else, and I also suspect the...

That is something else, and I also suspect the door switch.

The comfort relay provides "comfort" power to the windows and sunroof after you switch off the ignition so that you...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-08-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 156
Posted By johnf
A lot of things were possible if an American...

A lot of things were possible if an American customer and his dealer were persistent enough. They just had to convince New Jersey that they weren't going to order a costly, white elephant that might...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-01-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By johnf
Oh, yeah. I should have checked the 1993 price...

Oh, yeah. I should have checked the 1993 price list. It shows check control as an option on the 320i. It later became standard.

It is not very hard to replace a digital clock / temperature display...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-01-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By johnf
Given that he has a European E36, the car could...

Given that he has a European E36, the car could have anything from a bare check control to an OBC (an 18 button display).

How many buttons does the display have?

Try holding down the CLOCK...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-31-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,864
Posted By johnf
If you insist, a BMW dealer can order a...

If you insist, a BMW dealer can order a replacement cluster with both EEPROMs, on the main circuit board and in the transferable coding plug, programmed with the car's distance.

FYI, a not unusual...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-04-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By johnf
The M43 has a timing chain. The M40 316i and 318i...

The M43 has a timing chain. The M40 316i and 318i were the last E36s with a timing belt.

The M43 can suffer from oil starvation, so don't push it very hard for very long a lesson a colleague...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-04-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
I think you may be thinking of the EWS-II module....

I think you may be thinking of the EWS-II module. Have a look at the manual hornhospital linked to earlier, sections 6581.2 for the CODE wiring and 7000.0 for component locations.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-03-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
I didn't bother with the CODE function, and...

I didn't bother with the CODE function, and omitted it from the DIY, as I have a 1/95+ car with the much more effective EWS-II. The CODE function is very easy to defeat compared to EWS-II ...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-03-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
Electronic Troubleshooting Manual. One meant for...

Electronic Troubleshooting Manual. One meant for your Europe will show the park ventilation wiring.

Oh, the guys at my dealer know about and tried to show me that trick: I am one of the unlucky...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-03-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
If you can get a used OBC out of a car that is...

If you can get a used OBC out of a car that is close enough to yours, you can use it without coding. Since you have a 328i and BMW NA only ordered (and coded) OBCs for their six cylinder cars, you...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-03-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
There were no used OBCs to be had, so I had to...

There were no used OBCs to be had, so I had to buy a new one. A new, uncoded OBC is pretty much a quadratic, plastic paperweight until you code it. You had to go to the dealer for that, and sometimes...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-03-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 508
Posted By johnf
Here is my DIY...

Here is my DIY (http://www.unofficialbmw.com/john/e36_obc.html) from 1997. It is fairly detailed as there were was not much information about the car back then, except through BMW. That could be an...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By johnf
I wonder if the new switch is properly seated....

I wonder if the new switch is properly seated. The switch has two pairs of contacts that close one after the other: first the main contacts that power the brake lights, then a second pair of test...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By johnf
That was an E46 design error: the tail light...

That was an E46 design error: the tail light connector has an undersized ground contact and an unfortunate choice of contact material. The E36 uses older, over-engineered circular contacts with a...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-26-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By johnf
I and others found we could slide down the black,...

I and others found we could slide down the black, outer sheath of the trunk to trunk lid cable to inspect the wiring. We didn't need to cut it. It is worth checking if it has not been checked before...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 941
Posted By johnf
Ahhh, now that is some real testing. I sometimes...

Ahhh, now that is some real testing. I sometimes wish I were a lot worse at computer modeling so that I would have to do more physical testing.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 941
Posted By johnf
I could believe that. I helped a company on some...

I could believe that. I helped a company on some DO-178B projects. The system and acceptance tests they ran took days. They simulated pretty much everything as hardware-in-the-loop testing would...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 941
Posted By johnf
Yeah, but not directly. Those transients are...

Yeah, but not directly. Those transients are generally too short to have much energy, or rather to have enough energy to be much trouble to deal with. If you do allow the transients to become an...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-25-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 941
Posted By johnf
BMW requires all the electrical and electronic...

BMW requires all the electrical and electronic equipment in their cars withstand 14 V for 60 s. They will waive the requirement if the equipment has a relay, like that guard, that isolates it...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-31-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By johnf
What about the left, front parking light? I am...

What about the left, front parking light? I am still curious. . . .
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-31-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By johnf
Could you humor me on this one, reread my...

Could you humor me on this one, reread my question and give me a simple yes or no?

I am curious about the front of the car.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-31-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By johnf
Is your left front position/parking light o.k.?

Is your left front position/parking light o.k.?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-27-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 51,876
Posted By johnf
[I own an E36 and almost feel I should disqualify...

[I own an E36 and almost feel I should disqualify myself from posting. I do, however, feel reasonably safe asking at least one question.]

Could you post some clear pictures of the melting?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-10-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By johnf
Unfortunately, you need a BMW diagnostic...

Unfortunately, you need a BMW diagnostic interface and a computer to write the code into the cluster.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-10-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By johnf
Instrument clusters don't care if the car has...

Instrument clusters don't care if the car has OBD-I, OBD-II or no OBD at all. When you drop a replacement cluster in a car, however, you are supposed to code it with the car's ZCS (the central coding...
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