1995 E36 316 Handbrake light goes off, why??????

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  1. 1995 E36 316 Handbrake light goes off, why?????? 
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    hi guys,

    this is my first post on bimmerforums, so hi to everyone.

    right when i turn on my car, the handbrake light, lights up and then goes off after a few seconds, even though the handbrake is still on. i have checked the switch next to the handbrake lever and everything is connected. so if anyone has any ideas of what could be the problem then i would be very grateful. I have a 1995 E36 316i.

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    I'm fairly certain this is what's meant to happen.

    I could be totally wrong, but I think it's actually just the computer doing a check on the handbrake?
     
     

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    So the light doesn't come on when the handbrake is pulled up? If so it sounds like someone may have bypassed it.
     
     

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    ... Yup, mine does it. It's a check.
    (If you let it go then re-apply it then you should see it light up again - if not....Fault)


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    hi guys yes it does not come on at all after the initial start up even when the handbrake is pulled up, and what do you mean someone must have bypassed it, it used to work.

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    sounds like someone has removed your clocks and wired it up to something else like abs light or something, probably becos it was on constantly due to another fault like dodgy switch by the handbrake or a short. If it used to work then it could be shorting behind the clocks. Its gonna be a case of investigation im afraid
     
     

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    mine stays on until i let the handbrake off
     
     

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    Can I refer you all to that great mystery source of knowledge, the owners manual.

    Version viii, 1997, Page 19, Warning Lights, states the following -

    Handbrake, Red - Goes out after the engine has started. Comes on when the handbrake is applied.

    So in other words....

    If the handbrake is off when you start the car the light should still flash on & off on start up.

    If the handbrake is on when you start the car the light should flash but then remain lit until you release the handbrake.
     
     

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    i dont think anyone really understands what i am trying to say, when i start the engine (with the handbrake on) the light comes on for a few seconds, then goes out. if i take the handbrake off the light stays off, if i put on the handbrake the light stays off, this is the problem. regardless of whether the handbrake is on or off the light does not come on.
     
     

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    i understand exactly what u are trying to say, and have given you my opinion on what the problem is.
     
     

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