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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 04-07-2007, 05:59 AM
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Automatic door locks and interior light stopped working

The automatic door locks and interior light stopped working at the same time. I can only unlock the doors individually. The interior light works when I turn it on, but not when the door is opened.
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Old 04-07-2007, 06:46 AM
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one would check his fuses
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:23 PM
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"one would check his fuses"? Please explain. I have this exact problem and would sure appreciate a little more explanation. Can I fix this myself? Thanks in advance for a little more assistance.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:29 PM
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Yes, check all fuses related to the function of interior lighting and door locks.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:50 PM
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I had this same problem. Check the door switch. It's in the latch where the door hooks on to when it closes. It has probably worn down a bit and no longer functions. You could replace it or do what I did. I added a bit of JB weld to build the part back up. Once you find it, you'll know what I'm talking about. Good luck.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:20 AM
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Thanks, will be back in touch with my results of repair attempts.
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