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Old 02-26-2012, 09:26 AM
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Some problems... Please help

I recently acquired a 1997 BMW M3 and there are a few problems and I was wondering if anyone can help me fix them..

1. The gas gauge will go from like half tank to empty. It still runs fine but it's highly annoying because I don't know how much gas I actually have.

2. Break light circuit failure, it displays on the center console and have no idea what this means. The brakes still work I just don't know how to fix this.

3. Check control light came on. What does this mean exactly...

4. Check engine light came on..

That's pretty much it.. If anyone could help it would be a great help. Thank you.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:23 AM
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Gas gauge prob has a bad/stuck float, brake light circuit failure is the actual switch at the pedal that needs to be changed(be careful when this error comes on you're brake lights are not working at all),sense your OBD2 bring it in and have the codes read for the CEL and other light, all shops have an OBD2 reader and can tell you in minutes whats triggering the CEL and other light

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:32 AM
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Black on black ehh, me too kinda...minus the vaders
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:49 AM
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How much do you think it would take to get all this fixed..?
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:58 AM
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And you sir have a very nice car. My BMW logo is black and chrome it matches the car better and looks way sexy.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:59 AM
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And are any of these problems like in desperate need? Because I don't get paid until the 19th.....
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:59 AM
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Brake switch is cheap if you do the labor urself guessing $20-30 for OEM switch, fuel tank is tricky I would fill it all the way up a few times and see if the float corrects itself, as far as the CEL lights your gonna need to get those codes read from the OBD2 port and see what triggered them
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:03 AM
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I'd say your not in any immediate danger, but you do need to get codes read (CEL) and see what is really going on,but performance wise are you losing power or hearing noises? And just incase keep a gas can in your trunk

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:06 AM
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Nope it runs and sounds perfect.
Thank you and sorry for bombarding you with so many questions. So I take it to a shop and ask them to read the codes?
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:07 AM
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Yep any shop doesn't have to be BMW
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:08 AM
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Alright thank you!
I just dropped all my money on this car and sold my old one so I still have to get to work and everything.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:11 AM
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No prob let me know what the obd2 read out is(btw if you want to reset your check engine lights disconnect your battery for about 10min, but if you have a stock radio make sure you have the code
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:16 AM
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I have a custom radio so it's all good
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