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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-05-2005, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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fist of all i have a 89 325i just to let you know.

1: my fog lights dont work? could the lights be out or is it a fuse or something?

2: while my car is in idle it makes a wierd sound but when i push down the clutch it goes away. i was wondering could it be a clutch realese bearing or the transmission imput shaft bearing? and if it is how much do you think it will cost to repair?

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for the fogs lights, check your fuses first, i forgot which one runs them, but check your fuses, and if any are out, replace them.

as for the clutch deal, i dont really know what the problem could be.
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Old 03-05-2005, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Check fuses, then relays, if it's anyting like my 86. I just went through this on mine. Both fog lights did not work. I figured it had to be something above the bulb. I found fuses OK, and the relay OK (just switched it with another one in the box temporarily). I ha dto check the lights then, and found BOTH of them blown. First time that's ever happened.

When your car is in netral, with the clutch engaged (pedal up) the throw-out (realease) bearing should not be turning (In some cases the release bearing may have slight pressure on it and it may be freewheeling as it just barely touches the pressure plate). Your transmission input shaft IS turning. When you depress the pedal, to disengage the clutch, the throw-out bearing begins rotating with pressure on it, as it is now supporting the release fingers of the presure plate.

From what you describe, it could be an input shaft bearing. It is less likely it is the throwout bearing, but possible since, as I said, in some cases the bearing will turn with little pressure on it just because it is touching the pressure plate fingers.
Doesn't make this noise in gear,, riding down the street?

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I dont really know what the problem would be, but you may try bleeding the system, you may have a small air bubble or something. even if you dont, it wont hurt nothing to bleed it as long as you do it correctly. Chris---
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alot of them do that, its just the gears rattling you can stop it by putting a thicker fluid in but that will stiffen your shifting, so just get used to it
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