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#1 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 01:46 AM
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HELLO TO ALL I HAVE AN EURO E36 ITS A BMW 325 TD (TURBO DIESEL)
AND THE INSTROMENT PANEL (dash lights),AC,WINDOW SWITCHS,ETC DONT LIGHT UP.
I HAVE CHECKED FUSES AND THEY SEEM OK . PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM. THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Originally posted by own@Dec 27 2004, 11:46 PM
HELLO TO ALL I HAVE AN EURO E36 ITS A BMW 325 TD (TURBO DIESEL)
AND THE INSTROMENT PANEL (dash lights),AC,WINDOW SWITCHS,ETC DONT LIGHT UP.
I HAVE CHECKED FUSES AND THEY SEEM OK . PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM. THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Have you checked the dimmer switch? Does it get hot when you turn on the headlights?

There should be 3 wires leading to the switch: grey/red , grey/black , and brown.

The brown's the ground, and the grey/black is the 12v feed from the headlight switch. Check it to see if the switch (grey / black) is getting power when you turn on the headlights. Then check to see if the grey/red wire is getting power. After the switch, the grey/red wire should have about 10v with the switch turned all the way up.

Hope this helps somewhat!
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Originally posted by kestrel325is+Dec 29 2004, 11:28 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(kestrel325is @ Dec 29 2004, 11:28 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-own@Dec 27 2004, 11:46 PM
HELLO TO ALL I HAVE AN EURO E36 ITS A BMW 325 TD (TURBO DIESEL)
AND THE INSTROMENT PANEL (dash lights),AC,WINDOW SWITCHS,ETC DONT LIGHT UP.
* I HAVE CHECKED FUSES AND THEY SEEM OK . PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM.* * * * * * THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Have you checked the dimmer switch? Does it get hot when you turn on the headlights?

There should be 3 wires leading to the switch: grey/red , grey/black , and brown.

The brown's the ground, and the grey/black is the 12v feed from the headlight switch. Check it to see if the switch (grey / black) is getting power when you turn on the headlights. Then check to see if the grey/red wire is getting power. After the switch, the grey/red wire should have about 10v with the switch turned all the way up.

Hope this helps somewhat!
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HELLO TO ALL I HAVE AN EURO E36 ITS A BMW 325 TD (TURBO DIESEL)
AND THE INSTROMENT PANEL (dash lights),AC,WINDOW SWITCHS,ETC DONT LIGHT UP.
* I HAVE CHECKED FUSES AND THEY SEEM OK . PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM.* * * * * * THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Have you checked the dimmer switch? Does it get hot when you turn on the headlights?

There should be 3 wires leading to the switch: grey/red , grey/black , and brown.

The brown's the ground, and the grey/black is the 12v feed from the headlight switch. Check it to see if the switch (grey / black) is getting power when you turn on the headlights. Then check to see if the grey/red wire is getting power. After the switch, the grey/red wire should have about 10v with the switch turned all the way up.

Hope this helps somewhat!
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while you're at it, check for any blown fuses.

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Why didn't HE check that....oh yeah....he did.....

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hey guys whats up . i started by cheking all the lights and on the climate control
i found one that was blown . a friend from work said that the interior light system works more or less like the christmas tree lights(one gos out then lots others go with it).i havent got around to the headlight switch yet because i want to replace the blown light bulbto see if that solves it.any other sugestions are welcome. thanks to all of you for the effort.
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interior lights do not work like christmas trees, of one goes out, is just that one is out. thats it. what happens is that once they get old, like some good 8 years or so they become weak and easy to burning..

anyway,.
first make sure your dimmer on the dash is all the way and that it is giving an output just like described on the first response.
also check input..

the dimmer is the most likely cause of this problem.
but there is another thing also.

im not sure about if there are relays to activate the interior panel lights, i doubt it.
if needed look on google.

but what could have happened it that the clarity sensor on the dashboard when nuts, or the wire on the rear of the speedomeder got loose..

have you ever noticed a little white round thing at the end on the speed indicator. it look like a light bulb, but is not. is a ambient light sensor, this tells the dashboard how bright it is inside the car, so it automatically dims the speedometer mileage display and the obc display up or down according to clarity, the system only works when the lights are off, since its day. and during the day we go trought tunnels, some dark, or very bright spots/./ so the car adjusts the brightes of the lcd display to be visible during the day with different clarity.

think this is not true, get in your car, start it, with the lights off. get a flashlight righ on top of the white thing. wach the speedometer display and obc display dim up.
then put your finger. and wach it going down./ But this change is not instant, you have to maintain the light, or your finger there for a couple of secs, and even then the dimming process is very sloww. look carefully.

going back to subject here. test the dimmer swicht first, make sure its getting power and that it is sending it out.


let us know if that helps.

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