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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 11-20-2012, 12:30 PM
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Fuel gauge, tells empty ... :(

I have 320I, e36 with 150hp, it's like brand new... but there is a problem... the fuel gauge is always on empty... red light is on... (reserve) but in the fuel tank, i have 1/2... and also the right indicator, on the dashboard is dead... no blinking ....



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Old 11-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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Sender is likely dead

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:49 PM
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i read some texts.... some guys r saying that I need to remove fuse 46, key on position, back fuse 46, and should work ... i'm so confused ....
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:52 PM
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I've heard of the fuel gauge going a little crazy after filling up the fuel tank with the car running, which is remedied by disconnecting the battery. You can try this, but in all likelihood you need a new fuel level sending unit as Phantom mentioned above.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:14 PM
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I'll chek it tomorrow, if the fuse trick works, i'll be so happy... but it doesn't work ... i'll need to buy fuel pump, and all of the stuff ...
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:44 PM
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1) Nobody said to replace your fuel pump (or "all of the stuff")
2) It's most likely your fuel level sending unit/sensor, and
3) I recommended to disconnect the battery, not remove a fuse
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:34 PM
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ok, but what is wrong with the blinker on dashboard ? disconected wire or somthing ?
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:41 PM
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Is it blinking on the outside of the car, but not on your instrument cluster? If so, replace the indicator bulb behind your instrument cluster.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:50 PM
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yep is blinking outside, maybe loose wire or bulb ...
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:47 AM
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Fuel is probably the sending unit. Disconnecting the battery could reset it and bring it back to life...

The non blinking bulb, is a burned out bulb in the cluster. It's easy to come out, 2 torq screws and you're all set.
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