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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-17-2015, 04:07 AM
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Posted By johnf
Two possibilities: someone replaced the cluster...

Two possibilities: someone replaced the cluster or reprogrammed the distance. With the right tools, both are about as easy.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-09-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By johnf
If you want to have a little fun, pop open the...

If you want to have a little fun, pop open the hood and follow the cables that run along the driver's side edge of the engine compartment to the fuse box. Forward of the shock tower near where the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-08-2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By johnf
That might have been true of other automakers at...

That might have been true of other automakers at the time, but BMW was already a fully flexible-manufacturing company with the E36, and tried to install the minimum required harness in each car.
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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-08-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By johnf
If the sockets are not labelled, I might shine a...

If the sockets are not labelled, I might shine a penlight into each hole and see what pictogram lights up although that might only add to your puzzlement if you don't have an owner's manual....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-08-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By johnf
I think that might one of the Alpine alarm...

I think that might one of the Alpine alarm connectors. Have you tried throwing something like "BMW 1 378 136" at Google?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-31-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By johnf
The DME needs a wheel speed from the ABS unit to...

The DME needs a wheel speed from the ABS unit to impose the US top speed (and protect the original tires). I believe the DME also uses it to detect wrong road so it does not confuse that with engine...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-27-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
A 2 x 2.4A charger should run pretty cool...

A 2 x 2.4A charger should run pretty cool supplying 2 x 1A. I would guess you won't need to run it at 24V, either, but that should also make it electrically more robust.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-27-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
The current crop of USB car chargers can have two...

The current crop of USB car chargers can have two 2.4A outputs for charging tablets. I am presently evaluating this one...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
Is that a 61 31 9 129 651? If it is, the ETK...

Is that a 61 31 9 129 651? If it is, the ETK lists it as being superseded by the always-exposed ... 653 (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partxref?q=61319129651).
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
I generally keep a cable plugged in mine which...

I generally keep a cable plugged in mine which cuts down on the number of mating cycles. Full size USB connectors are only spec'd for 1500.

The ETK lists some older BMW USB sockets with covers,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
What size wire did he use?

What size wire did he use?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
If you think about it, that could be...

If you think about it, that could be catastrophic. Does your mate realize that could torch the car?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 391
Posted By johnf
The post was on strike. They went back to work...

The post was on strike. They went back to work Tuesday morning, last week. During the strike, the post tried to make some deliveries but apparently a lot of mail still piled up. I had one package...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
If you are electrically handy, I bet you could...

If you are electrically handy, I bet you could use the 3.5 mm stereo jack of the E90 AUX-IN/USB socket as a specialized, second USB charger socket. There is the little problem of only having three...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,572
Posted By johnf
Do you get 12V power on the light switch, right...

Do you get 12V power on the light switch, right side position lights contact? The plastic inside the light switch can have the unhelpful habit of disintegrating.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-24-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,257
Posted By johnf
I learned about this issue some years ago, when a...

I learned about this issue some years ago, when a customer of the local dealership moved a used washing machine in the back of their touring, forgot to drain it, and filled the well with gray water....
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-24-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,386
Posted By johnf
I bet the reason is probably much more banal. ...

I bet the reason is probably much more banal.

The Finanzamt doesn't do customs clearance, so that probably isn't it. Last summer the responsibility for collecting vehicle registration taxes moved...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 433
Posted By johnf
Could you spell out what "stuff" you want to plug...

Could you spell out what "stuff" you want to plug in and give some use cases?

Are you trying to charge USB devices? Just one? Many at a time?

Do you need to transfer data and/or content in and...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By johnf
I was just looking at the old figure I found and...

I was just looking at the old figure I found and added to my previous post. Once I got going, I kept the engine at or above 4000 rpm the entire time. My time for 0100 km/h was 10 1/2 seconds...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 391
Posted By johnf
Some of those relays are upstream of any fuses,...

Some of those relays are upstream of any fuses, and have only their internal wiring and the fusible link to deal with overloads and shorts.

If you have a relay that is now toast, why not pop it...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By johnf
Very good. I could not know your background from...

Very good. I could not know your background from what you had written. There might also be some four-cylinder owners who don't realize how to get more out of the M42/M44's design.

If you want...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 02:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By johnf
Yeah. If a headlight fuse does not blow, the...

Yeah. If a headlight fuse does not blow, the extra current could melt open a metal shunt inside the check control module.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By johnf
I will just assume everything you write it is...

I will just assume everything you write it is true, although I have read, and infer from the specs (e.g., peak power at 6000 rpm), that an M42 breathes pretty well in stock form.

The object...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By johnf
Do you mean straight line acceleration? Your M42...

Do you mean straight line acceleration? Your M42 will happily cruise all day at 110 mph+.

Perhaps the biggest performance "upgrade" is to learn how to get the most out of the engine. If you drive...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-23-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 504
Posted By johnf
Nope! I remember when the German insurance...

Nope! I remember when the German insurance companies first encouraged EWS-II in 1994 and retrofitting it to my 2/93 318i.
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