"ASC" "ABS" & "Exclamation Mark Gear" lights came on last night
So last night I'm driving on a 50mph zone about to join a 60mph zone. As i accelerated a little harder than usual, the automatic transmission downshifted to the necessary gear to respond accordingly to the amount of gas I gave it. When it did that, it felt almost like the tranny slipped into whatever gear that may have been. The slip was very very short, but long enough to feel it happen.
ANYWAY... as soon as that happened, the foglights flickered ultra bright and then back to normal, and then again ultra bright and then back to normal, and then all lights died...all at the same, headlights, foglights, dash lights and tail lights all died. The hazard lights and the turn signals worked still, but i had nothing left to illuminate the road with.
Obviously, my dash went dark as well, with the exception of the 3 lights mentioned in the title for this thread.
The high beam dash light still lights up, but no light comes out from the head lights. So i pulled over and shut the headlight switch on and off...nothing. After a few minutes, i tried again and my dash lights and ambers and tails came back to work.....but yet, no head lights (hi or low) nor the foglights worked. At this point I drove to the next exit with the hazards on.
Everything else seems to work just fine except for the mentioned problems.
Once of the HWY i checked the light fuses, alll are fine. I couldnt check the relay cuz I had no clue which of them were the ones for the lights, but I still find it odd all of what happened as I had assume all this things that happened were in systems that are unrelated.
I did a little bit of reading in the forums and realized that the ASC and ABS systems are interlinked.... so somehow there must be something that explains what happened to my car last night.
The only electrical thing that is new in the car is the alternator. Brand new (not rebuilt) from BMW. Had the alternator installed yesterday as the previous one was the original one and since i'm nearly 190K, I had it changed with the water pump, idler pulley, tensioner and pulley, and the belts. The only electrical part changed though, was the alternator... oh, and the battery.
FYI, no fuses blown, head lights and fogs remain dead.... but once I shut off the car the 3 warning light disappeared next time i turned it on. Tranny seems to shift just fine now and the battery is getting charged with no issues. And yes, battery light comes on when I open the ignition switch, so the bulb works.
did I leave anything out that might be helpful??? I hope not.
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont wanna have to bring the car back to BMW to get this sorted out with. Next thing I'm going to check is the relay for the lights. But even if I fix that, can someone clue me in as in how all this things could be connected... cuz I dont see how this happened.
The only thing I can think off is that when I accelerated rather hard, a power surge happened and over loaded the circuits, which would explain why my light went so bright. The ground almost looked as blue as if I had HIDs on my foglights (cuz it was up close to the car). I do not have HIDs. Car is 100% original. Not even the rims I've changed on it.
Thank you and sorry for going on and on and on.