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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-17-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 210
Posted By johnf
I can shear most of it off. (Pull on it almost...

I can shear most of it off. (Pull on it almost horizontally along the line of butyl.) It is perhaps not the most efficient method, but a ball of butyl goop then collects more goop. Stoddard solvent...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-17-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
I have a question for you. Do you need both AUX...

I have a question for you. Do you need both AUX IN and USB sockets? Or would you be contented with having just one or the other?

I ask because the USB adapter cable I linked to earlier, may...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-11-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 243
Posted By johnf
Yeah, in some areas and between areas. A European...

Yeah, in some areas and between areas. A European E36 323i only has one 02 sensor, total, as in, one before the catalytic converter and none after.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-11-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 243
Posted By johnf
That depends on what you mean by "one". The 1998...

That depends on what you mean by "one". The 1998 ETK shows one pre-cat sensor and one post-cat sensor (rather than two and two).

If you fling something like bmw 1998 us e36 wiring diagrams at...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-10-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 404
Posted By johnf
You could replace your ashtrays with little cubby...

You could replace your ashtrays with little cubby trays, STORING PARTITION FRONT and STORING PARTITION REAR (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=CB33&mospid=47498&btnr=51_3093&hg=51&fg=35)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-09-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
Holes drilled and everything looks good. Back to...

Holes drilled and everything looks good. Back to the DIY.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-07-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By johnf
The light switch is always illuminated when the...

The light switch is always illuminated when the ignition is on so that you can find the light switch in the dark.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-07-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By johnf
Sure, although your fuel economy will suffer a...

Sure, although your fuel economy will suffer a bit and it will be harder to quietly chauffeur your passengers.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-06-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
I got diverted by a couple other projects, one of...

I got diverted by a couple other projects, one of which I will use to measure the temperature rise of my electronics and the USB charger adapter. I just have to drill some ventilation holes for the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-01-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By johnf
3.6 watts? :yikes: I hope you mean a tenth of...

3.6 watts? :yikes: I hope you mean a tenth of that: 0.36W. I see you do (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BE83&mospid=47481&btnr=61_0063&hg=61&fg=35&hl=40).
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-28-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By johnf
I hope you will be able to replace the bulb the...

I hope you will be able to replace the bulb the next time it goes out. My concern is that the extra wattage will melt the plastic light guide that surrounds the bulb.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-28-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By johnf
Isn't a 2721 a 1.2W bulb? That is more than three...

Isn't a 2721 a 1.2W bulb? That is more than three times the wattage of the original bulb (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BE73&mospid=47481&btnr=61_0063&hg=61&fg=35&hl=40) and will run...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-28-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By johnf
No, that is not normal. On smooth road, the...

No, that is not normal. On smooth road, the cruise control should hold steady to whatever number of kilometers per hour you set it to. Mine is so precise it flushed out an error in the OBC's speed...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-28-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By johnf
What are the diameters of your lighter plugs? ...

What are the diameters of your lighter plugs?

I have a new, unused socket in front of me with a 21 mm inner diameter with two spring fingers that squeeze-in to roughly 18 mm. It was pretty...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-28-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
Excellent. That should be constant, 12V...

Excellent.

That should be constant, 12V power from fuse 33 going to the trunk light or CD changer. To speed possible, future troubleshooting, you might confirm that pulling F33 kills your rear...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-27-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
Yeah, you probably need a USB car charger. I am...

Yeah, you probably need a USB car charger. I am presently working on the DIY for the project. I just finished some suggestions about finding a charger that will give you a fast charging rate, and am...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By johnf
There is a two-pin stop light switch and a...

There is a two-pin stop light switch and a four-pin, but the plug for one won't fit the other.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-24-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
It wasn't so complicated, although I probably...

It wasn't so complicated, although I probably should do something about the little projects that have accumulated in the center console:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/john/misc/cable_mgt.jpg

I...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-23-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By johnf
Today, I installed a BMW USB / AUX IN panel: ...

Today, I installed a BMW USB / AUX IN panel:

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/john/e36_usb_power_port/final_result.jpg

I wired the two connector as a 3.1A USB power port and as an RS232 serial...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By johnf
The E46 and later 3ers have an LCM module. The...

The E46 and later 3ers have an LCM module. The E36 has a (discrete) light switch and BMW calls it that.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
I found it easier to lift up the bundle left of...

I found it easier to lift up the bundle left of the seat bench to get at the wire I wanted to tap. The bundle in my car is pretty taut as it arcs into the trunk.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
This is becoming a really tangent tango. You...

This is becoming a really tangent tango.

You may find it easier to tap into the trunk light wire to the left of rear seat bench. If I remember correctly, you only need to remove the bench and a...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
See posts #5 and #6.

See posts #5 and #6.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
It should fit.

It should fit.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 420
Posted By johnf
Until someone leaves a reading light on, or the...

Until someone leaves a reading light on, or the trunk open, and after a few days flattens the battery. The other guys may be getting switched power from the glove box area to be safe.

I would...
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