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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 06:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 385
Posted By johnf
That is good. The SRS controller is under the...

That is good. The SRS controller is under the rear seat cushion and one of the most easily accessed pieces of electronics.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 385
Posted By johnf
The ETMs don't show a direct connection between...

The ETMs don't show a direct connection between the SRS module and the DME, but perhaps you can get an indirect fault via the crash sensor signal from the SRS controller to the ZVM/ZKE. That is...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 07:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 385
Posted By johnf
Yeah, I would just add a resistor. To...

Yeah, I would just add a resistor.

To disable the whole system, I would unplug the controller.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 04:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 385
Posted By johnf
Why do that so far down the chain? I would add a...

Why do that so far down the chain? I would add a loop back resistor at the airbag controller and eliminate several sources of failure.

But take that with a grain of salt. I drive amongst killer...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 02:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 385
Posted By johnf
There is a "clock spring" with a coil of ribbon...

There is a "clock spring" with a coil of ribbon cable that winds and unwinds to connect the airbag to the chassis side connector. A lot of folks call it a slip ring (that has no contact ring that...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-05-2015, 03:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By johnf
You might throw something like "1996 BMW E36...

You might throw something like "1996 BMW E36 wiring diagrams" at your favorite search engine. You might find something of interest.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-05-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By johnf
Many prefer that solution, but U.S. cars are...

Many prefer that solution, but U.S. cars are different.

The front turn signals on a U.S. car, like the OP's, both stay dimly lit to serve as the front corner/position/standing/parking lights. (The...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-31-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 389
Posted By johnf
For the sake of the wheel well, I hope it is a...

For the sake of the wheel well, I hope it is a gell cell if it is lead acid battery!
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-31-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 389
Posted By johnf
Could it be a backup battery for an alarm system...

Could it be a backup battery for an alarm system or some such? Even there it might buy a little time before being discovered.

Where do the wires go?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-22-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Posted By johnf
I tend to the notion that your purchase was...

I tend to the notion that your purchase was exceptional. My dealer could not sell me a US model even if they wanted to.

If things still aren't resolved, come next year, I may know some people who...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By johnf
I found this thread...

I found this thread (http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2069198-M43B18-workshop-manual) in which someone asked about a service manual for his M43 318i.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-18-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By johnf
The Bentley is great if you have an M42/M44...

The Bentley is great if you have an M42/M44 318is.

If you can read German, So wird's gemacht Band 74 [Vol. 74]...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-17-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Posted By johnf
The guys I know have pretty much given up...

The guys I know have pretty much given up importing recent U.S. models because of such coding issues. Audi, BMW, Mercedes, they have all added software restrictions to discourage grey market imports....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-15-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By johnf
You bet. When I look at what one costs these...

You bet. When I look at what one costs these days, I am also glad I don't need that throttle actuator. :)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-15-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By johnf
So it is not this part...

So it is not this part (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?part=35411163163)?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-14-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By johnf
bump...

bump (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814298&highlight=)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-11-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By johnf
I suspect you had a surge during the jump start...

I suspect you had a surge during the jump start that took out one or more fuses.

What provided the jump and how did you prepare the car before hooking it up?
Forum: European Delivery 12-10-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 880
Posted By johnf
The ETK gives different part numbers for U.S. and...

The ETK gives different part numbers for U.S. and European Xenon lights. Check if the glass has an ECE approval mark (an "E" plus a number, for example, "E1", inside a circle). If it does then you...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-17-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By johnf
If you haven't already, you might check the trunk...

If you haven't already, you might check the trunk to trunk lid cable where it bends most sharply approaching the trunk lid. It would not surprise me if broken or cracked wires inside the black sheath...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-04-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By johnf
Which fuse? Fuse 37?

Which fuse? Fuse 37?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-21-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 71,146
Posted By johnf
To extend the cycle, an hour or two ago, I added...

To extend the cycle, an hour or two ago, I added a couple pictures, as post #713, to the E36 failing trunk lid wiring thread...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-08-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By johnf
if by "head unit" you mean a BMW radio, the code...

if by "head unit" you mean a BMW radio, the code only disables the radio.

My wild guesses from a great distance are a fuse blew during installation because the battery was connected, or the WIP...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-04-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By johnf
You are welcome. Good luck and let us know how...

You are welcome. Good luck and let us know how things work out!
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-04-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By johnf
Well, if you want to do things properly, you...

Well, if you want to do things properly, you would recode the replacement cluster with the central code key printed on a tag under the rear seat bench. Then it doesn't matter what car the cluster...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-04-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By johnf
In theory, you could just reprogram (recharge)...

In theory, you could just reprogram (recharge) the cluster with its original content and you would be back in business. Technically, that is not hard a friend here could do that for you if...
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