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  1. 1996 E36 316i Saloon - Problem with lights on one side and dash 
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    Well, I have a BMW 316i Saloon and there's a fault I noticed tonight with the lights.

    The dash backlight isnt on, and the lights on the right hand side don't work.

    The dipped beam doesn't work on the right but the full does.

    When I put the rear fog on dipped lights, nothing happens on the right, however when I put the lights on full the right rear comes on but it's just a taillight by looks of it.

    I believe this problem happened as I bought the car, but the garage MOT'd it and fixed it before I picked it up.

    Any help will be much appreciated.
     
     

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    Well they didn't do a very good job fixing it then

    You could try having a look at the loom going into the bootlid for breakages as thats often a source of electrical gremlins.....
     
     

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    I checked the loom and it looked fine.

    I switched the bulbs to see if they had all unlikely gone at the same time. It wasn't that, but while doing that I noticed a wire which was disconnected.

    I've attached pictures. Do you think it is that?

    This wire is at the front left of the car, next to the fan.
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    That wire is nothing to do with it.

    Have you checked your fuses? as they have fuses for each side.

    And did you check your boot loom to this extent? http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...problems-t208/
     
     

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    Oh, what's that wire for mate?

    I'll check the fuses - I assumed if it was the fuse all would go.

    No I must admit not looked that far into it. Thanks for that i'll use it if the fuses don't fix.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saunders View Post
    Oh, what's that wire for mate?

    I'll check the fuses - I assumed if it was the fuse all would go.

    No I must admit not looked that far into it. Thanks for that i'll use it if the fuses don't fix.
    The plug on your radiator should have 3 wires coming out, one has broken, you can see part of the wire coming out in your picture,
     
     

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    Ok but you've no idea what the broken wire is for?

    Temp gauge possibly? It's a bit of a pain because of how it's split it's not going to be easy to re-wire.
     
     

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    Fixed it. Was as simple as a broken fuse, although it took me a while to work out what one it was!

    I've had to replace it with the fuse for 'Rear fog' - Is this just for the light on the dash warning me my rear fog is on?

    Thanks for the help guys! Any help on the loose wire pictured above would be great too.
     
     

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    That's the temperature switch for the electric radiator fan, as found only on cars with Air conditioning, number 10 here, http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...89&hg=17&fg=05
     
     

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    Ok thanks mate.

    Sorry to be a pain, but what does that do? And does it need urgently replacing etc?
     
     

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