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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 06-22-2015, 09:00 AM
Brunoleski Brunoleski is offline
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Unhappy Electric Problem with E36

I was driving the other day and in the middle of my drive the air condition stopped working, my radio I could not turn on and was accompanied by a red blinking light. My lights could only be turned on half way while my powered windows very slowly moved up and down. I am getting ready to visit a car mechanic but would like your opinion before I do. Thank You.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:24 AM
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Power loss. Check the voltage at the battery with the car off and with the car running at 2000rpms or more.
Should be 12.XX when off 13.5x-14.5x when running.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:40 AM
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^ +1 on power loss. Either the battery has a dying cell or the alternator is already belly-up. My money's on a dead alternator.
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:08 PM
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This just happened to me last week
radio started cutting off, then back on
Dash lights started to illuminate halfway
then lost dash lights
lost turn signal use
Then lost tach and spedo
Engine ran running on half cylinders
I was able to limp home just making it. Battery was at 6.xx volts before I shut it down.
Swapped the Alt and charged the battery, all better.

It was like the car was systematically shutting down all aux needs to run on bare bones functions of ignition and fuel.
Makes me wonder if BMW purposely designed this to occur for a power loss.

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