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.
My "VDO check light" flashes. This appened after I replaced the instrument cluster with a new (used) one. I have a 325i 1989, replaced it with a 325is 1988. The old one did not work properly but the check light was not flashing.
even if everything is good, the check light will flash at start-up until you hit the brake pedal to check the brake lights. if the check panel (on the ceiling) indicates a fault such as oil level, lights, etc... it will start to flash again or continue flashing to let you know of a potential problem until you hit the "check" button on the check panel.
On startup, the system goes through a check. THe last item it checks is the brake system. THe light in the Information center and flashing VDO will go out as soon as you hit the brake pedal. This is part of the system's test (checking the switch I guess). Mine does it too.
My car has the "inspection" light on, and its sort of confusing to me, because the car handles well, has no problem with responsivness, and ... blah. I'm just wondering if I should really worry and take it to the bmw dealer or something and get reamed real good, or if I can ignore it. The car sounds alright, but I was trying to find out whats up with the light. Sometimes in the dark it looks like, could be wrong, but looks like it may be lit up on the little bars underneath of the "inspection" light all the way to the red one. Do they each mean something different, or do they each add up to mean something worse? Haha, shit. I need to get this figured out.
1. is it bad to step on the break before/during starting the car?
2. as far as i know, the inspection lights are just reminders to have your car checked. its next to useless, if you're meticulous about taking of your car, which i am. so i just covered it up, as its annoying the hell out of me.
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