Wierd electrical stuff... No brake lights, no instrument cluster - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-22-2008, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Car: 00 Prelude, 95 525i, 85 635CSi
Posts: 1,414
Photos:
d3ity will become famous soon enoughd3ity will become famous soon enough
Wierd electrical stuff... No brake lights, no instrument cluster

Having a very similar problem to sp0rky's (I think)

Is it just really waaay too cold out?

My dash used to come up with "Brake Light Circuit" every couple of days. Only my left brake light will go out. Soon this became a constant problem and my left brake/tail light will go out. My turn signals operate perfectly.

I assumed this was the cheap bulbs that came with my after market tail lights.

Replaced all the bulbs today. It's 18*F outside. took taillight out and replaced all bulbs. Right side brake light no longer functions. Left side is completely out except for turn signals.

More disturbing. As I was driving my car out of the parking lot my gauge cluster worked for a few seconds, then died. No gauges function. I can get my spedometer and tachometer working by pressing the reset button for the trip odometer. This causes the odometer readings to light up for a few minutes before they die again. Temperature guage, Fuel Guage, Mileage, spedometer and tachometer fail to work. Turn signals and ASC display properly when I press buttons.

Notice #1 Fuse was blown. Cruise control, taillights... etc. Replaced fuse. Guage cluster worked for 30 seconds before fuse blew again.

Got home. Started googling. Replaced LKM with another one I had lying around. Replaced #1 fuse again.

Fuse did not blow, but guage cluster still doesn't work. Taillights still running into trouble.

I thought about doing this: BMW E34 Website

in order to fix the problem... I'd like to avoid it though. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? It seems like so many of the car's systems are tied to that fuse, what should I check first?
__________________
<iframe src="http://gamercard.xbox.com/TiddlyPlatypus.card" scrolling="no" frameBorder="0" height="140" width="204">Put your gamertag here too.</iframe>
d3ity is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-22-2008, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Car: 00 Prelude, 95 525i, 85 635CSi
Posts: 1,414
Photos:
d3ity will become famous soon enoughd3ity will become famous soon enough
UPDATE: Checked codes with code reader.

Code 2A : Vehicle speed signal not present.

Anyone make anything of that?
__________________
<iframe src="http://gamercard.xbox.com/TiddlyPlatypus.card" scrolling="no" frameBorder="0" height="140" width="204">Put your gamertag here too.</iframe>
d3ity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
CosmosBlack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Florida
Car: 2002 Porsche C4S
Posts: 1,282
Photos:
CosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond reputeCosmosBlack has a reputation beyond repute
Faulty ignition switch?
Or maybe a broken fusible link?

Both are common problems.
__________________
CosmosBlack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 10:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
Sodium Chloride
 
saltshaker185's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Louisville Ky
Car: 95 M3
Posts: 3,762
Photos:
saltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to beholdsaltshaker185 is a splendid one to behold
Send a message via AIM to saltshaker185 Send a message via MSN to saltshaker185
check the wiring harness on your trunk... pull back the black sleeve and see if any wires are broken... if so, mend
saltshaker185 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2008, 10:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Car: 00 Prelude, 95 525i, 85 635CSi
Posts: 1,414
Photos:
d3ity will become famous soon enoughd3ity will become famous soon enough
Saltshaker you hit it on the head.

Brake light wire was pinched... touched bare metal and grounded. little solder and heatshrink later everything works perfectly.
__________________
<iframe src="http://gamercard.xbox.com/TiddlyPlatypus.card" scrolling="no" frameBorder="0" height="140" width="204">Put your gamertag here too.</iframe>
d3ity is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
electrical issue, please help Dr Tran 3-Series (E21, E30) 3 03-22-2007 01:34 AM
Idiot Light For Brake Lights Comes On Often... mikeyboy_esq M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6) 3 08-19-2005 02:32 AM
Battery In Instrument Cluster? 325eXTATIC 3-Series (E21, E30) 4 04-10-2005 03:28 AM
Instrument Cluster From An E36 funtoos 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 1 12-11-2004 10:24 PM
electrical of licence plate, rear side lights javieruz 3-Series (E21, E30) 1 03-14-2004 08:08 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.