1996 E36 318i Convertible - my car nearly caught fire !

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  1. 1996 E36 318i Convertible - my car nearly caught fire ! 
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    ive been looking into the problem with the central locking on my e36 it keeps blowing the same fuse,i read that the fuel door actuator had a problem with blowing fuses when the actuator wasnt working which mine isnt so i unplugged it to check that the fuse hadnt blown again when i locked the car

    i found out that the fuel filler door actuator was stuck open so i disconnected the power to it to try and eliminate it,everything was working a1 so i opened up the boot to replace the trim and smoke was pouring out of the boot lid and into my face ! so i disconnected the battery asap ! ive now got melted wires and a melted terminal inside the boot to the left upper corner

    i dont want to power the car up until ive made it safe to drive !

    where do i start ? thanks stu ... i will update with pics later today

    ive just checked the fuse and its melted but not blown !
    Last edited by Pidster; 20-05-2010 at 12:19.
     
     

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    If the fuse has melted you must have to big a fuse in it which in turn is why your wiring has melted. I will melt from the short, back to the fusebox.
     
     

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    hi buddy, just wondering if you found a remedy for this problem, i purchased a bmw 318i and on further inspection i noticed that my fuse has been removed from the central locking fuse port and thus making the fuel filler door stay unlocked, i havent put the fuse back in thankfully due to seeing this post, did you have any other electrical gremlins as a result of this fault? (milage meter only lighting up the top half of the numbers, trouble starting) many thanks rustynlc
     
     

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    Have you checked the wiring where it exits the vehicle body and goes into the boot lid Pidster? Common problem area.
     
     

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    i found this when the smoke settled


    for now ive not replaced the damaged wiring
     
     

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