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Old 05-07-2004, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Aight heres the deal. I have a 1996 318i and ive noticed that the one rear running light and the other side brake light is out. I checked the bulbs and they work but i think the connection is bad or the ground is bad. thats not the issue though. About the same time that happened my airbag light came on. ( red indicatior in the bottom right of clusters). I was wondering if that could have any connection. i dont want to think that it has airbag problems but idont know. i got a dealership to detail it. i dont know if something happened or not. it only has 62,000 miles on it.

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Old 05-07-2004, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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thei airbag light coming on is a common fault. They dealer can fix it for cheap. I would check the actual metal contacts around the bulb and make sure they are clean.
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Old 05-08-2004, 03:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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mayb your fuse blew out...
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i would suspect an open circuit, or faulty contact. if it were a fuse, it should have been out on both sides.
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if it were a fuse, it should have been out on both sides.
I thought each side had a seperate fuse. Actually, I'm quite sure. I'll check it out.
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if it were a fuse, it should have been out on both sides.
I thought each side had a seperate fuse. Actually, I'm quite sure. I'll check it out. [/b][/quote]
i'm looking at a haynes manual and the only fuse that i can find is the one from front power distribution box between the batteries and the light switch. but there seems none from the light switch all the way to where the wires split - each going to the left and the right rear light assemblies.

i maybe wrong though,,,,,
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fuse info from haynes:

brake light switch - F46
parking and tail light switch - F37 and F33
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hey thanks, but where are they located-does it give a skimatic (??spelling??)
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hey thanks, but where are they located-does it give a skimatic (??spelling??)
the fuse box is that black box located on under the hood beside the brake/clutch fluid reservoir. you can flip it open and take out the cover. under the cover is a diagram on which fuse is located where. it should be easy to figure out - you just have to orient the map with how the box appears in front of you. you can actually visually check any blown fuse - better still, use a tester.

oh, there are spare fuses and a tweezer on the cover for easy change. just make sure though that you replace blown fuses with the right amps from your spare.
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and while doing that you might want to check the following fuses for your other lights and indicators:

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Big help, thanks

i knew where the fuse box was i just didnt know that the layout on the underside of the lid was a map. ill try it tomorrow and well see if it works ( i hope)

maybe this will solve the gauge problem too (another topic)

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if it were a fuse, it should have been out on both sides.

I thought each side had a seperate fuse. Actually, I'm quite sure. I'll check it out.
i'm looking at a haynes manual and the only fuse that i can find is the one from front power distribution box between the batteries and the light switch. but there seems none from the light switch all the way to where the wires split - each going to the left and the right rear light assemblies.

i maybe wrong though,,,,, [/b][/quote]
You're right. Turns out that I was thinking about the headlights instead of the tail lights. May be the fuse. It shouldn't be hard to spot if it is.
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hey teeup thanks alot, the # 46 fuse was blown and that fixed the breaklights and the fuel and temp gauges. im having the rest done by the dealer (airbaglight and the inspection LEDs)

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