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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-19-2015, 02:22 PM
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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: 768
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: 278
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: 278
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: 768
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: 294
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: 768
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: 768
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: 768
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: 768
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: 768
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: 263
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: 341
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: 768
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: 768
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: 424
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: 294
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: 266
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...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-13-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By johnf
Preferably a tin/silver solder, for example,...

Preferably a tin/silver solder, for example, Sn96Ag4? That is what I would use.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By johnf
I almost ended up with a cabrio when I ordered my...

I almost ended up with a cabrio when I ordered my coupe, but BMW corrected that a couple weeks before production.

There must be some interesting refinements you can make to a cabrio.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By johnf
So, you guys all have cabrios? Oh, forget what I...

So, you guys all have cabrios? Oh, forget what I have written. ;)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,389
Posted By johnf
That wouldn't hurt, but I am pretty sure the tail...

That wouldn't hurt, but I am pretty sure the tail light wiring does not go into the boot/trunk lid. From memory, there is wiring into the lid for the trunk light, trunk lock, license plate lights,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-28-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By johnf
You may find the distractive glare to be a bit of...

You may find the distractive glare to be a bit of a challenge. Almost all white LEDs have a honking big blue peak around 460 nm, since they are really blue LEDs with a phosphor adding a second,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,389
Posted By johnf
You are welcome. As you may have guessed (or...

You are welcome. As you may have guessed (or know?), I have done some similar projects.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-27-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By johnf
If your car doesn't have foot well lights, they...

If your car doesn't have foot well lights, they are also good to add. The 1-series has some multicolor LED units that might be fun to try.

The two issues I noticed after changing to LEDs were ...
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