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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-01-2016, 04:40 AM
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Posted By johnf
The overheating ground contact if that was your...

The overheating ground contact if that was your issue was a design regression in the E46. The E36 lamp connector pair use much more reliable, but also much larger and expensive contacts.

The...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-31-2016, 02:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By johnf
Sure, but then the car will likely still not run....

Sure, but then the car will likely still not run. The stock DME software expects a digital code from the EWS module before it will so much as open an injector. If you are lucky, someone reflashed the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-30-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By johnf
The start of the instructionsYour ECU has had...

The start of the instructionsYour ECU has had it's Immobilizer function removed. Now you will need to bypass and jump the EWS module in order to start the car....makes me think you will first have to...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-25-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By johnf
A BMW workshop computer can "code" the cluster to...

A BMW workshop computer can "code" the cluster to match the car. You will need the car's ZCS (central coding key), read out of its original cluster or off a sticker in the car. My sticker is under...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-10-2016, 04:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By johnf
You can check a part's compatibility by doing a...

You can check a part's compatibility by doing a part number application or part number search at either www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select or bmwfans.info/parts-catalog. The search will list the models...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-24-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By johnf
You would also want to change the muffler as the...

You would also want to change the muffler as the 316i/318i's single tailpipe would betray the change. Even then, the car would not sound right. A 316i rebadged as a 318i would be harder to detect....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-24-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By johnf
I would not be surprised if someone substituted a...

I would not be surprised if someone substituted a rear badge that was more to their liking. My favorite was someone who put a 525i badge on a violet 316i. It did not cause any trouble for the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-22-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By johnf
Suppose the light switch is in the second,...

Suppose the light switch is in the second, rightmost position. The headlights and fog lights will go out when you switch off the ignition to the radio/accessory position (position 1) or to completely...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-18-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By johnf
The original owner may have scrapped off some...

The original owner may have scrapped off some oxidized bits and then applied the grease to try to keep oxygen away from the bare metal.

It often helps to apply a grease or contact lubricant before...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-17-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By johnf
My wild guess from a great distance is that the...

My wild guess from a great distance is that the melting happened first and then a PO added the grease between the tail light sockets and lands to try to stop it.

Has anyone tried applying a grease...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-25-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By johnf
That is just the drawing that summarizes my...

That is just the drawing that summarizes my write-up. I wrote a fair amount of text, with some illustrations, which you can read here (http://www.unofficialbmw.com/john/parklicht.html) and here...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-18-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By johnf
Does a cabrio have the same problem with the...

Does a cabrio have the same problem with the trunk to trunk lid as the other E36s?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By johnf
Yes, finding a copy of the BMW TIS, which that...

Yes, finding a copy of the BMW TIS, which that page is from, would likely be your best bet.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-18-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By johnf
You are welcome and good luck with the...

You are welcome and good luck with the troubleshooting!

I bet if you flung "E36 owners manual PDF", or some such, at Google, you might find something of interest.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-18-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By johnf
The check control will light up and show the low...

The check control will light up and show the low temperature (< 3 deg C?) that triggers each freeze warning chime. Next time, have him look. :)

You can unplug the check control display, without...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-18-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By johnf
11 buttons would be a clock / outside temperature...

11 buttons would be a clock / outside temperature / check control unit. An OBC has two full rows of buttons.

I guess that means your friend might have a 323i/325i/328i/M3 cabrio? :dunno:

A...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-18-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By johnf
There are no higher and lower OBCs on a...

There are no higher and lower OBCs on a non-compact E36 there is just one OBC, with 18 buttons, no more and no less. The 18-button unit is the one and only On Board Computer, because, well,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-17-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By johnf
Is there any chance he could record the chime so...

Is there any chance he could record the chime so that we can listen to and try to identify it?

How many buttons does the multi-information display have, that displays the time, temperature and so...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-17-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 263
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, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
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, 11:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
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.
...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-08-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
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, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
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, 03:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 587
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.
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