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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 01:27 PM
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Posted By johnf
You are looking for something like the BMW E36...

You are looking for something like the BMW E36 electrical troubleshooting manuals. There are different ones by model, market and year. You used to be able to buy them (we did) but that was before the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By johnf
Out of curiosity, are they aftermarket rear...

Out of curiosity, are they aftermarket rear lighting units? I thought there were some that you could jumper for either a CC or non-CC car or perhaps that is a wish being father to the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By johnf
IIRC, the non-check control (non-CC) units the...

IIRC, the non-check control (non-CC) units the car is wired for, daisy chain the brake light and rear position light from one tail light assembly to the other, whereas the CC units don't. The above...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By johnf
Any chance you can get the vendor to send you the...

Any chance you can get the vendor to send you the correct, non-check control tail lights for your car? That would be quite a bit faster and easier than hacking up the wiring.

Here is a DIY...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-08-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By johnf
BMW part number 61 11 9 401 604, one of the...

BMW part number 61 11 9 401 604, one of the outside temperature display, retrofit kit, cable sets, could still be available. It would spare you the trouble of getting everything waterproof and would...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-07-2016, 03:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By johnf
Or you may have to fully power down the...

Or you may have to fully power down the temperature display unit: by unplugging it or pulling the always-hot fuse that powers it.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-06-2016, 11:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 549
Posted By johnf
I suppose, if you stick to dry, clean pavement...

I suppose, if you stick to dry, clean pavement and drive modestly and/or in straight lines. Does it still rain in Seattle or has global warming made it a northerly San Diego? :) I can not speak for...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-26-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By johnf
Assuming they produce a good brightness and...

Assuming they produce a good brightness and pattern, the much quicker brightness change of LEDs may help someone notice the blinkers or brake lights, and react more quickly, or perhaps react at all!
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-26-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By johnf
[Oops, again. Sorry about the noise.]

[Oops, again. Sorry about the noise.]
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-26-2016, 09:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 903
Posted By johnf
[Oops, sorry. I thought I was in a different...

[Oops, sorry. I thought I was in a different forum, although I am pretty sure the answer is yes.]
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-23-2016, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By johnf
Yeah, I could believe in a problem with the trunk...

Yeah, I could believe in a problem with the trunk actuator, or the wiring, or the actuator and the wiring. I hope we hear from the OP.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-23-2016, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By johnf
I could see slitting the sheath if the trunk...

I could see slitting the sheath if the trunk wiring were not under such stress from the wire bending radius being seriously too small. For a long lasting repair, however, you want to replace all the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-22-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By johnf
There are two fuses that supply the position...

There are two fuses that supply the position lights: F37 for the right ones and F33 supplies for the left ones. The two separate fuse and split circuits allow the one-side parking lights found on...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-22-2016, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By johnf
Please do not do that. The trunk to trunk lid...

Please do not do that. The trunk to trunk lid cable does carry any of the tail light wiring. You also do not need to slit the black sheath you can just slide it down and inspect the wiring...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-17-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By johnf
You should be able to: 1) unplug all the...

You should be able to: 1) unplug all the connectors inside the trunk lid and then 2) slide the wires and connectors out of the original trunk lid. In this case, disassembly is the reverse of the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-16-2016, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By johnf
How did they compare to the attached pair of...

How did they compare to the attached pair of contacts?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-16-2016, 02:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By johnf
How eroded were the brake light circuit contacts?...

How eroded were the brake light circuit contacts?

They are supposed to close first, and the neighboring, gold-plated test switch contacts, last. One idea, that has come up once in a while over the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-13-2016, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By johnf
Do a Google image search for something like "e36...

Do a Google image search for something like "e36 glove box light". Look for a couple notches near the back, along the left and right sides. You get under one of those, from the side, with a flat...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 05:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By johnf
I am afraid that UK-market cars are far from my...

I am afraid that UK-market cars are far from my knowledge certainly, in a literal sense.

I would not rule out going parts hunting in Germany. A lot of people learned English in school. If...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By johnf
They were not that common. The harness could be a...

They were not that common. The harness could be a nuisance. I expect the one for an original, factory-installed PDC runs from the back, under the carpet and driver's seat, to at least the driver's...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 03:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By johnf
Unless you get the retrofit harness, it will not...

Unless you get the retrofit harness, it will not be plug and play. I can not think of any serious issue, however, that would stop you from adding it to a US car.

I think the BMW/AMP 2.5 mm^2...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-06-2016, 01:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By johnf
The part is actually a solid-state PWM dimmer...

The part is actually a solid-state PWM dimmer rather than a simple rheostat. I only mention this, first, because the dimmer should be current limiting and short-circuit protected. If there is a short...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-29-2016, 11:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,062
Posted By johnf
Could that be how BMW New Zealand ordered their...

Could that be how BMW New Zealand ordered their "S" cars? IIRC, North American 328i's (cabrios, coupes and sedans) only had LSD as a listed option for a few months until ASC+T became available. LSD...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,062
Posted By johnf
In Germany, while the engineers were still in...

In Germany, while the engineers were still in charge, a car got an 's' if it has a sports engine. Some later New Jersey marketing caused s's to appear and disappear on some models that do and do not...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-28-2016, 06:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Posted By johnf
Before you do that, what are the wire colors...

Before you do that, what are the wire colors (body color / stripe color / dot color)? That is a splice junction that you may not want to ground. (I have not looked at that many, but I do not think I...
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