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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 04-17-2006, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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off-delay dome light

Last summer my dome light surprised me...it would stay on after the doors were closed, but for only like 5-6 seconds. I'm sure thats what it is supposed to do, but now the light turns off as soon as the door closes. Last week it did the off-delay thing, but only once.

I'm guessing there's a off-delay/time-delay relay that's probably to blame for it not working anymore. Anybody know where I should start looking?

Not a big deal, I just like things to work like they were made to.

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Under the driverside kick pannel speaker. Pull out the speaker and it's in the hole. High moisture area, so use a good dose of electrical grease.
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Interior lamp control module. Like Starmavin said, its behind the drivers side front speaker. This is a somewhat expensive part at arround $90 so having the delay feature may not be worth the $90 to some people. There is also a micro switch in the door handle so when you pull up on the handle with the door still locked the interior lights will come on. I still need to fix this feature on my car but I'm waiting till I'm in there to replace the worn pieces in the door lock cylinder.
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...so when you pull up on the handle with the door still locked the interior lights will come on...

That's a cool feature....mine doesn't do that, at least not any more.

yea I probably won't blow the $90 just yet. I think I'll get in there and make sure all the contacts are secure. Hopefully that fixes it.

I should give a little more detail...When I bought the car the dome light would turn off when the door closed (no off-delay)....it did this until I had (and yes I mean forced) to drive on a fairly bumpy dirt road off an on for a couple weeks. After the couple weeks on the dirt/canyon road the off-delay worked, for the first time and for the whole summer, it worked untill winter hit. But who knows why it stopped working. So I'm thinking if a bumpy dirt road could "jiggle" the thing to make it work, then maybe a contact is just lose.

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My 86 325es has a simular setup, when I open the door the light comes on like normal and stays on when I close it for a few untill then goes out but if I turn the key to start then it's instant off.

I would like to have it stay on for a bit longer, I wonder if there is a potentiometer that can be adjusted or installed, I'll have to buy a spare one and do some tests.
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just buy a DEI pulse timer. same thing, costs $5.

Can set the dome light delay to anywhere between 1 and 90 seconds with one, too.

Tis how I fixed mine on my e30.
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just buy a DEI pulse timer. same thing, costs $5.
What a novel idea...would you have to wire it in? or is it plug and play?
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have a few of the oem timer relays, # 974 or # 975, $ 28 shipped.
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