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Old 06-19-2004, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I go get in my car tonight, and no lights. Strange. I had been working earlier and had them switched off, but then switched them back on and they were working. The last thing I did was ghetto-rig the XM tuner and used the trunk latch as a temp ground (just to ensure operation, was in place less than 5 minutes).

Could this have knocked out my lights? I haven't checked the fuses yet, I'll have to wait until morning. If its not the fuses, anyone have any ideas?
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Probably just a fuse. But if it's not, maybe you somehow messed up the ground for those lights.

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Old 06-20-2004, 10:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think I solved it. According to fuse box, my glovebox light charger fuse was blown. I noticed after replacing it that my lights came back on. Never saw an interior lights fuse either.

Anyway, I'm getting up early to finish my LED install, since it finally has power.
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LED install?

edit: oh ya the fake alarm light.
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Its great though. The neighbors that prompted me to install this have had the police at their house almost everyday since the vandalism thing. The daughter has been arrested, the son has been arrested, the mother has been arrested (by two different cops for different reasons...we don't know what), and we also found out that the party they had two nights after they broke the mirror (which was busted when we called) led to a meth lab bust across town.

But now I have a super-bight-dont-even-think-about-fucking-with-me-ever-LED on the dash and it all good
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electrify the door handles james bond style too.

then your keyless turns that off and its all good for you and your posse to get in.
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There is actually a kit out there that does that. It only works on the inside though, and uses the steering wheel. instead of the door handle.
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get it and mod it.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i like the way you think.
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Dude, forget electrifying the door handles. Go CLASSIC james bond style. In one of the movies he has a sweet lotus. This guy is trying to break into his car. Looks around. Then the robber smashes the window and they cut away to james bond like half a mile away and he sees an explosion and is like "We better take your car"

Gotta love james bond.

Oh yeah, I'm sure you could file a claim for your car with home owners insurance or something. Plus, no more neighbors.

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I think that was from "The Spy who Loved Me" That was definitely a badass move on Bond's part. I can't wait til we see him in an M5 or something. I could see the next bond using one of the new M6s.

I've noticed some goofy shit in the fuse box as well. I have a screwy AC control module and I pulled it out of the dash and unplugged it. So I figured since there was nothing for the power to go to, may as well pull the fuse (also the blower turned ON used when I unplugged the thing). So I unplugged the ones marked "Heater Control" and "Heater Blower" cause nothing else was listed with those same numbers...OOOPS...guess they forgot some stuff...Well, the blower itself is fine unplugged, but the heater control fuse is also linked with half of the dashboard including the Tach, Gas Meter, Temp Meter, and turn signals. NONE of that would work when that fuse was pulled...Something like turn signals, you would think they would list on the little chart ...plugged only that one back in and everything works fine. I fixed my AC module anyway the next day and I'm pretty happy about that one
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Hey now, no name calling presidente.

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i wasn't name calling, i meant that the situation pertaining to the fuse box was odd.
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How exactly does BMW's factory alarm work?? Is it at least half decent? Does it cut off the battery or does it just beep annoyingly?
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