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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-28-2015, 01:06 PM
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Posted By johnf
If you haven't already, I would check the trunk...

If you haven't already, I would check the trunk to trunk lid cable where it bends most sharply approaching the trunk lid. The wires, there, kink, break and short, and often announce that by taking...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-18-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By johnf
I would not trust the odometer reading on a used...

I would not trust the odometer reading on a used E36 without some independent confirmation. It is too easy to change to whatever value you like. To give you a feel for how easy, you might have paid...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-17-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By johnf
Originally, you changed the M40's timing.belt...

Originally, you changed the M40's timing.belt every 80 000 km, but people now change it more often, some as often as every 20 000 miles (http://www.e30zone.net/e30zonewiki/index.php/M40):The M40 uses...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By johnf
Yeah, you are right, you can use either way, for...

Yeah, you are right, you can use either way, for or against.

To check that the dimmer will be grounded, you can unplug it and measure the resistance from the chassis to the female plug contact pin...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By johnf
Broken, as in you have a break or open in a...

Broken, as in you have a break or open in a ground connection, or broken, as in this instrument lighting is heinously broken?

But yeah, to be safe, I would double check that the dimmer has a...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-07-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By johnf
Are you getting 12V into the dimmer? If nothing...

Are you getting 12V into the dimmer? If nothing then comes out, you could very well have a short between the dimmed illumination wiring (58g, grey/red) and ground. The wiring goes all over and is...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-05-2015, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By johnf
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-19-2015, 02:22 PM
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Views: 366
Posted By johnf
According to UNECE regulation 48, INDIVIDUAL...

According to UNECE regulation 48, INDIVIDUAL SPECIFICATIONS, REAR FOG LAMP (Regulation No. 38), Position, 6.11.4.1, observed by Germany and most of the world, a car with a single rear fog light must...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-14-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
The answers and logic are all there in the BMW...

The answers and logic are all there in the BMW training PDF I linked to earlier, and in condensed form, in the diagram I labelled in post 18.

Out of curiosity, does your fuel door lock and unlock?...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-09-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By johnf
"Blower Motor Replace" at www.318ti.org...

"Blower Motor Replace" at www.318ti.org (http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=30961)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-09-2015, 01:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By johnf
Indeed. On another forum a few years back, there...

Indeed. On another forum a few years back, there was guy who traced the same problem to a faulty blower relay.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-08-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
Could you double check that? That is backwards....

Could you double check that? That is backwards. You should measure 12V between 10 and the chassis, and 0V between 15 and the chassis.

That sounds good.

Sure. You can unplug X13252, take...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-03-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By johnf
I prefer the set of BMW (NA and AG) electrical...

I prefer the set of BMW (NA and AG) electrical wiring diagrams, the "Electrical Troubleshooting Manual", that is specific to the car's model year. The drawings in the Bentley manual must leave out...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-02-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
If you look at drawing 5126.0-00 in the 1998 BMW...

If you look at drawing 5126.0-00 in the 1998 BMW wiring diagrams, you will see that the lock actuators and all the wires "float" between ground and 12V. If you were to unplug X13252 from the ZKE...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-01-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
Last night, you observed that the ZKE always...

Last night, you observed that the ZKE always takes 20 s before it dims the lights -- as if the car is never completely locked. That could mean something is wrong with one or more of the locks, or...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-29-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
I was thinking you could try the following on...

I was thinking you could try the following on first the left door and then the right.

1. You close and lock the right door and the trunk.

2. You open the left door, leave it unlocked and close...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-29-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
I was not really thinking about that. I was just...

I was not really thinking about that. I was just wondering how much help I can give you with the troubleshooting and repair I am much more into research and development.

A quick thing...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
Did the original fuse in F35 look original? ...

Did the original fuse in F35 look original?

Well, I would consider anything possible, including that the electronics still work and all the lock motors have failed. I have read calls for help...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By johnf
A remote control / alarm was a dealer-installed...

A remote control / alarm was a dealer-installed accessory in the United States, not a factory-installed option. Anyone might want to add one to their ride.

A U.S. 318i was hardly that with the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By johnf
OK, you have 12V into the dimmer unit but nothing...

OK, you have 12V into the dimmer unit but nothing coming out.

I would not be surprised if you have a short to the ground/chassis somewhere in the dimmed illumination wiring. It is thin and goes...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
Ooooooo. Someone replaced fuse F35 that powers...

Ooooooo. Someone replaced fuse F35 that powers the lock motors which suggests a past short.

I have a few questions before we go further.

What is the history of the failure? Did the central...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-27-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 824
Posted By johnf
I recently got back from a long trip. The...

I recently got back from a long trip. The drawings for the ZKE central locking (ETM section 5126.0, central locking system, ZKE/ZV) show the system takes power from F7, to sense the lock switches,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-27-2015, 05:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By johnf
Ohhh, I have not done anything with the m-bus. It...

Ohhh, I have not done anything with the m-bus. It is a pretty slow bus, however, and I bet you could sort it out pretty quickly if you were to capture some traffic off a working system with a digital...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-06-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By johnf
The M40 and M43-equipped 316i and 318i models...

The M40 and M43-equipped 316i and 318i models also received rear ABS drum brakes.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-17-2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By johnf
I wouldn't call a m42/m44 318i(s) gutless for...

I wouldn't call a m42/m44 318i(s) gutless for driving on public roads in Germany unless you cruise the Autobahn at high speeds (> 180 km/h), or load down the car with a trailer or a lot of pax or...
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