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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 11-30-2014, 01:40 AM
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fog lights not working

Hi everyone,

I need to help a friends son get his fog lights working and was hoping to get some tips on where to start looking for the problem.

He recently fitted the fogs, as well as the double push button switch, he was hoping they would work straight away but no power is getting to the lights.

Any ideas?, Is there an earth somewhere that might need checking.

I assume all the wiring was already there and he had just tried to plug and play.

He has a 96 318i


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Old 11-30-2014, 06:10 AM
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the fog lights sill not function if the brights (high beams) are on, so check to make sure they're not set that way. other than that, if the wiring was already there they should function.

check the fuses, though, and the bulbs. use a test light to check for power on the circuit.

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:17 PM
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It could also be the instrument cluster. My highbeams weren't working and a good instrument cluster fixed both my highbeam and fog lights that didn't work. But, you have to check everything else, first.
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