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#1 (permalink) Old 09-17-2005, 01:23 PM
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Unhappy Ahh.. My first BMW.. But.. now big problem(s)...

Welcome me to the world of the E36.. My first one of my own and I love it.. A 1998 318i that I got for a good price that had a few "minor" problems...

So far I've gotten the brake light switch replaced and I've got an order in for the outside temperature sensor (mine appears to be mysteriously missing) and a few other things..

Got home from buying a replacement fog light and other lights, installed them and then went to try them out... The key wouldn't turn! Then, after fiddling with it, the key would just spin and spin... Arrgh... I've had the car 5 days and my wife is gonna kill me.. :

Anyways, have any of you seen this before? I thought I might have tripped the security system, so I unhooked the battery for about 10 minutes... That didn't help with anything...

What is working - Overhead light, trunk light, the odomoter will come on when I hit the reset buttons and the door locks work... That is all that is working.... I have almost 13V at the battery and the same all the way to the fuse box.. No fuses are blown...

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lol.. relax... its not a big deal.. my cylider does the same thing... u don't have the key in all the way...

make sure u push the key all the way in then turn... that should solve your problem!

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also.. make sure the steering wheel didn't lock up... push the key in all the way.. and jiggle the wheel around...

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5 minutes and I had a fix.. This is a great forum, I owe you a beer.. or 7.. whatever..

NOW - Does anyone know how I can get the code for my HK stereo? The negligent previous owner conveniently never wrote it down and/or forgot it...

One small thing at a time, I guess.. LOL....
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your gunna have to go to the dealer for that...
your best bet is to take the radio out.. and just bring them the radio.. because they will charge you an arm and a leg for taking it out... (its really easy to take it out)

most memebers just bought a new radio.. so we never have to deal with that problem again...

if you need a write up on how to take the radio out.. lemmie know

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lol new bmw owner panic mode.. so this is what it feel like.. hehe just kidding.. best of luck on the car.
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Thanks, Cruzin.. I'd read up on how easy it was to remove and was probably going to do that.. I might just pull it and keep it for later and install a different HU.. So long as it works with the HK amps and speakers...

wcre34 - Yeah.. I've definately been getting that a lot lately.... Hehe.. But, so far, it's been worth it!
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yep i have my bmw for a month now.. and i tell yah it worth the pain .. driving it just bring too much join.. read up around the forums sites.. and they're some FAQ on e36 u could read up on how to fix the little stuff here and there
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Actually what you want to do is look in your manuals there is a listing of every BMW dealership in the country. If you call them one by one at their busiest time you can get a tech to give you your HK code. That is what I did. The best bet is to call Seattle BMW on a saturday or sunday, they are are the only one I know of that is open on the weekends and they are usually SLAMMED! Just call the guy and be persistent, and they will give you the code. It worked for me. Make up some story like you live in bellingham and it is a hour and a half drive down there for a damn code! That was my story. Try it out and see if that works for you. Otherwise it is fifty bucks at the dealer to get it

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yea, pull the radio to get the serial #. Then call and call until you get a dealership that will give it to you over the phone..Make up some BS and you will get it.

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Pretty easy...

I went to a local dealership to buy my outside temp senor and some other clamps and such.. Talked with a guy about the radio, etc...

When I got back to work, I tried pressing the right "m" key and got the serial #.. (Even though I could barely see it with my dim display..) Called the parts dept. back and said "Yeah, Jim said to get my serial # and call him back to get my radio code.. Is he busy?" "uhh.. Yeah.. Give me the serial # and I'll get your code real fast.. " :lol:

I'm pretty sure that my outside temp sensor has been pulled off... The temp was reading a constant + 122 F.. Well, on the way back to work, my OBD went "Ding!" and the temp started reading a - 37 and was slowly climbing up.... Gah! And the CEL is back on, so I gotta get that read.. Man.. Aren't these cars great? <_<

Anyone know exactly where to mount the outside temp sensor? I know it's somewhere behind the Driver's fog lamp near the brake airflow intake, but as I don't have one, (or don't think I do) I don't know where it goes... Also, the sensor they gave me (and the adapter) has two wires.. I could have sworn there was only one wire dangling under there with some old elec. tape on it...
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The outside temperature sensor mounts to the driver side brake air duct... you'll need to find the wires if your sensor and some of the wire sheared.. ripped or whatevered off. The duct is the hole to the left of your fog light if you're looking at the front end of the vehicle. I believe it plugs into the left side of the duct if you're looking at the duct.

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i just bought on ebay... brake duct and temp sensor for 7 bucks... the best 7 bucks that i have ever spent... take a look around there... as to your trips to the dealer...

tons of members use www.bavauto.com to get parts.. they have tons of stuff... give them a call if u can't find what your looking for... and youll save yourself some money too

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Cruz, What does you temp sensor look like? The one I got from the $tealership ($17) has a yellow base and a black tip... It does NOT look the the pictures I've seen for them before (including the one in e36surge's post) and I'm wondering if the dealership had the wrong part in a bag with the right part #... When I get home, I'll grab a pic of it and post it..

The dangling "wire" was actually two wires.. Brown and Brown/Orange. I tried all different combinations of attaching the sensor and it didn't work..

Does anyone have a schematic for the temp sensor wiring?
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Cruz, I looked it up on Bavauto and the outdoor sensor they show is the one that the dealer ship got me..

Now, either I'm wiring it wrong or my OBC is on the fritz....
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