Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 7 Series / 8 Series > 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)

7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-29-2011, 02:57 PM
stilllearning6 stilllearning6 is offline
Registered User
Location: Connecticut
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 41
Mein Auto: 740il 1998
Location all fuses ?

I am trying to isolate a 12 amp battery drain and have removed the fuses from the trunk above the battery plus I removed the fuses in the engine bay near the shock /strut pillar area of passenger side. The drain persisted.

I suspect that there are fuses located elsewhere .

I read in other posts that some vehicles had fuses above the glove box .
I looked into the roof area of the glove box.
I could not see any access panel/release mechanism .
Am I missing something?

Additionally , I heard that there may be other locations to check .
Can someone guide me to fuse locations and secret access techniques?
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 05-29-2011, 03:18 PM
M.Wong's Avatar
M.Wong M.Wong is offline
E38 E91 (R56 E30 E39)
Location: Seattle WA
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,323
Mein Auto: The E38
What year is your car?
__________________
M.Wong
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White

Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green


Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-29-2011, 03:36 PM
stilllearning6 stilllearning6 is offline
Registered User
Location: Connecticut
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 41
Mein Auto: 740il 1998
1998 740 il
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-29-2011, 03:55 PM
M.Wong's Avatar
M.Wong M.Wong is offline
E38 E91 (R56 E30 E39)
Location: Seattle WA
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,323
Mein Auto: The E38
You might want to add the year of your car to your profile so it's always there.

In addition to the trunk side panel, there is a high amp panel in front of/above the battery. (50 to 200 amps.)

There are some 50 and 80 amps fuses under the front right seat.

I recall the E39 had fuses above the glove box, but I don't think the E38 has them there.
__________________
M.Wong
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White

Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green


Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-29-2011, 08:20 PM
joyism5's Avatar
joyism5 joyism5 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,270
Mein Auto: '99 740IL, K75RT
Fuses There are :
E-box (engine compartment, if you unscrew the top cover you will see couple big fuses next to DME)
Trunk above the battery
Under the passenger seat
Behind the glove compartment you have relays, I'm not sure if there are fuses too.

Remove a relay and check for corroded pins. If you have corroded pins you might have a pour connection and that could help the drain. Not the issue itself but can help draining the battery. Clean them with sand paper if necessary and grease with electric grease.

few tips you might not know about them listed on Tim's website & shogun as well
http://www.meeknet.co.uk/E38/E38_Battery_Drain.htm

http://www.meeknet.co.uk/E38/E38_Clo...rrent_Test.pdf

http://twrite.org/shogunnew/topmenu.html
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC00006.JPE.jpeg
Views:	296
Size:	27.1 KB
ID:	280057   Click image for larger version

Name:	wiper relay in the E38 module box.jpg
Views:	411
Size:	140.4 KB
ID:	280058   Click image for larger version

Name:	fuel pump relay.JPG
Views:	219
Size:	36.6 KB
ID:	280059   Click image for larger version

Name:	heating and blower relay.JPG
Views:	215
Size:	45.8 KB
ID:	280060  
__________________
JOY = BMW
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-30-2011, 12:20 PM
stilllearning6 stilllearning6 is offline
Registered User
Location: Connecticut
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 41
Mein Auto: 740il 1998
Thank you folks .
Did not know that there were fuses under the passenger seat.
Hope that the removal of these last fuses will cause ampere meter to drop from 12 amps drain to textbook under 50 mAmps.
Plan to post with updates .
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-30-2011, 01:12 PM
joyism5's Avatar
joyism5 joyism5 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,270
Mein Auto: '99 740IL, K75RT
First picture is with under the seat fuses. I don't know what system do they protect, except for the 2nd one is for the Secondary injection air pump. If you attempt to check them, disconnect the battery to avoid the airbag light to pop ON. Or do not disconnect the cables that are under the seat.
__________________
JOY = BMW

Last edited by joyism5; 05-30-2011 at 01:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 7 Series / 8 Series > 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms