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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 09-02-2007, 12:17 PM
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Loose wiring

Sorry folks, me again. Just wanted to update you on my melting fuses.
If you recall, I replaced my passenger window motor and then my fuses kept popping.
I have now fixed it myself
It turned out that when my window "inched" previously it just brushed gently past the wiring harness to my door lock control unit....BUT....when the window opened properly it snagged the harness and sliced through three wires causing a major short (and melting 20" of wire). To make things worse some dipstick had put a 20A fuse in place of a 5A one which caused the melting of the wires before the fuse eventually disintegrated.
So here's a word of advice to anyone who takes their door panel off....MAKE SURE ALL WIRES ARE SECURED TO THE DOOR AND FREE FROM ANY MOVING PARTS before you replace the panel.
I believe there is actually NO damage to the wiring beneath the fuse box...the smoke was from the fuse. Man how that smoke lingers.
Just thought I would let you know
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Old 09-02-2007, 01:25 PM
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Hey buddy, glad it is sorted

Thanks for the tips!!
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:53 PM
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WHOA!!!! A 20A fuse instead of a 5A? Almost might as well have not had a fuse!

Anyway, glad you found the problem and got it all fixed properly. Might wanna check over all your fuses, too!
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:05 PM
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You were lucky you only had smoke mate!!!!

Find the person who installed that fuse and smack him upside the head
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Old 09-02-2007, 06:03 PM
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Old 09-03-2007, 10:53 AM
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Lots of bits have not been put back on as they should have by previous owners. Why do people buy a BMW then treat it like that? Some parts could have been put together better by a four year old with a meccano set. I feel like stripping the entire car down and rebuilding it. Luckily engine is A1. Rear end had been accident damaged and only just adequately repaired but I can't understand why the rest of the car was so neglected.
BTW I will definitely check rest of electrics carefully before and after any work is undertaken
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WoW, a 20A inplace of a 5A. I hope that guy's philosophy in life isn't "The higher the number the better !"

Luckily you didn't fry anything else. Kudo's on the DIY though mate !
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