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    I have just put a post up about a rear wheel bearing, tell me i thought german cars were built to last.
    On my way to work this evening everything was fine driving down the country roads, i switched on the high beam and i lost all power to the engine, so i switched the high beam off and got the power back.
    I pulled up to a t junction just down the road and the bl**dy thing stalled but started straight away off the key and the car was ok all the way to work.
    The car also did it yesterday when i switched on the dip beam at a stand still so i think its definatley related to the lights.
    Is this likely to be something to do with the wiring problem in the boot on the E36.
    I should say that it is the E36 2.0 24v, has anyone ever had this before or something along the same lines as it is quite dangerous.
    I should also say that when i lost power to the engine my headlights and stereo were all still working.

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    First i would check the charge rate of the alternator. Otherwise a binnacle(speedo) problem, i'm no great electrician but have heard of binnacle problems
     
     

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    Ronnie wtf is a speedo binacle is that something like a speed sensor or something and where is it located.
     
     

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    Binnacle is the old term for speedometer head, ie dash or cluster as some people call it!
    Last edited by Ronnie; 20-12-2008 at 21:36.
     
     

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    Now that funny the clocks were replaced at 130,000 with another set of clock's perhaps that why the bloke got rid, funny that this problem has not shown its ugly face till now though.
    Will defo check the altenator though.
     
     

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    im not having the same problem but i keep getting the rear fog light come on the dash and when it does my rear left light goes out completely.it goes off on its own accord and comes on when it wants any ideas people?sorry to butt in on your thread with no idea of your problem c72 also mines a 320
     
     

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    Check the wiring at your boot hinge(left side), u will need to pull the sheath back/off, the wires short out against each other when the insulation cracks. common problem
     
     

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    Ronnie i did not want to hear that, i have been putting that off for quite some time now, i hate electrics with a passion but i guess where needs must and all that.
    Its just a question of soldering broken wires back together rite and insulating the wires.
     
     

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    yep,any broken wires solder together then insulate and the ones that the insulation are cracked on just tape them up. the wires are different colours so u should have no problem figuring which go to which
     
     

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    Dont laugh at me but i found the problem with regards to the car cutting out, i was messing around in the boot and outside my parents, i shut the boot get in the car, turn on the ignition get all dash lights up then they dissapear.So back to the boot we go, i check the battery leads and there was no nut on the 12v battery clamp.

    Another problem solved
     
     

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