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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 10-13-2004, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my gas guage usually sits at empty, but sometimes starts going wild, and ocassionally sits where it should... how can I fix this, new guages?
and they day I bought the car, the horn worked fine, but now it doesnt. only thing ive done to the car besides put a new battery in and fill it with coolant was put the rear defroster fuse in the fuel pump fuse to get it home *i have since put one in its place* how can I test my horn relay? I gotta get it back to pass safety.

also, there is a mystery light that keeps comming on, what is this?


edit: Unrelated but WTF is up with that gas guage? R means refill or something? and why is 1/2 off center? lol
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That is your brake lining light. When that stays on all the time your front brakes have tripped the sensor and need to be replaced.
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I don't know why 1/2 is off center but "R" is Reserve.
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oh sweet.

so it flickering isnt going to kill me right? haha. im just makin sure its not a check engine light or something
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Your gas gauge is probably jumping around because the fuel level sender is old and tired, replace and it will most likely go away. R means reserve, and the red light in that portion of the fuel gauge will light up when you get that low, it could mean "you should REALLY fill up"
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wow, i never noticed theres a low fuel light... it hasnt come on before lol. is the sending unit in the tank? How hard/expensive is that?
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With the gas tank I have a question for you guys that really know your Bimmers. The tank in the 325e is supposedly 55 liters. However, I hit the "R" and then refuel. But I only put in 40-45 liters until it is absoutely full again. The low fuel light has never come on (might be burnt out, but I doubt it) so where have the other 10 liters of fuel gone? Are they even there? I would be tempted to test it out to see how much further I could drive but running out of gas on the highway isn't all that high on my list of fun things to do. Fuel tanks.....baaahhh!
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The 1/2 is off center because of the shape of the fuel tank makes the rate it lowers uneven. So ti be accurate they move the 1/2 mark
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i have found the same problem with my 323i. by the time the fuel light has been on for a couple of drives i go to fill it up but it only takes 45 litres (out of 55). so 10 litres left -for my fuel economy that equates to about 100kms (roughly 65 miles?). maybe bmw has set a fairly conservative low fuel warning to stop people from running out?

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