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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-24-2011, 03:59 AM
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Unhappy BMW e36 320i- dash lights all go out, then engine cuts out

Hi, im new to this forum, but have used threads from it before to help me. But this time i could find nothing to help me. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

When i start the car it seems to run fine. But as soon as i rev the engine at low revs, the dashboard lights up like a christmas tree, then all the dash lights go out, the temperature gauge and the fuel gauge also drop to the minnimum point. After that if i stop reving the car it will die. At first i thought it was the ecu getting damp, so i removed the ecu, dried out the compartment where it is kept and replaced everything, but this did not seem to do anything at all.
I am completely confused by this and was wondering if anyone has had the same problem or has any advice.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:21 AM
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Your alternator is dying. Get it and your battery tested. Free at most auto parts stores.

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Old 02-24-2011, 08:28 AM
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Cheers for that jonesin
Because i am unable to drive the car anywhere because it dies when i try to drive it, can i test them myself? I have a battery tester and a multimeter. So, as long as the alternator is putting out around 14.7 volts it ok right? And the battery tester will tell me if the battery is ok, if its not, i shall buy a new one.

Thanks again for the help
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:07 PM
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The alternator is generally bad if there is less than 14 volts when the car is running.
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