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  1. 1995 E36 328 Coupe - Sidelight fuse (drivers side) keeps blowing? [FIXED] 
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    Hi guys,

    About a week ago, my drivers side rear light failed - i changed the bulb, which had blown - but still no lights.

    Eventually, I found that the driver's sideligt fuse (10 amp) had blown. I replaced it with a spare in the fusebox. Two days later it blew again. I figured it was probably because it looked as old as the car...

    Anyways, I bought new fuse (same 10 amp rating - which seems to be the correct rating) but it's blown again. :(


    Any ideas? Is there a common fault or what is the process I should use to fault find?

    Thanks guys.
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    i would check the wiring on it mate to check it isnt short circuiting anywhere there should be a few guides on the forums on here or it could well the be the bulb holder itself you could try changing it and maybe try a bigger amp fuse just for the time being to so it is at least working till you find the proper problem
     
     

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    Thanks mate. Does the wiring wear though and short in any common places?

    I probably won't put a higher rated fuse in, I'm a bit paranoid about frying my electrics. I'd rather the fuse blow.
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    Yes this is the common place on E36s....

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...k-what-t52071/
     
     

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    I'm gonna check my bootlid wiring too then - been getting some slow (two weeks +) battery drain. Seems to be a common area.

    I'll check it out, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_318is View Post
    i would check the wiring on it mate to check it isnt short circuiting anywhere there should be a few guides on the forums on here or it could well the be the bulb holder itself you could try changing it and maybe try a bigger amp fuse just for the time being to so it is at least working till you find the proper problem
    Bad advice really telling sumone to put a larger fuse when there is a fault! the fuse is there for one reason only and thats to protect the cable under fault conditions, if you get a fault and the current rating of the cable is less than the fuse (Cause u have put a larger fuse in) means the cable goes first! potential to cause fire and also in a loom gets very messy.! not being funny or anything just think you should be aware.
     
     

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    Checked the boot wiring - it's definitely worn through a little.

    I'm going to re-insulate the wires on Sunday and check the bulb holders for water etc.

    After that I'm gonna replace the fuse (sticking to the rated 10 amp) and see what happens!
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    Right, quick update.

    I checked my boot wiring - there was only a minor tear in the outer sheath, but after stripping it back I found one broken wire and about 3 more with exposed conductor (from becoming brittle) - see attached pictures.

    I also found someone had repaired it before!

    After re-soldering and re-insulating the wires, all was well. With everything on that circuit running, there was 2.16 amps running through it - way less than the 10 amp fuse that had been blowing.

    Also, BMW do a replacement boot-loom section to do a better repair - these cost £59.00 including VAT.
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    Glad you got sorted
     
     

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