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    i have a 2003 318ci sport with only 50000 on it, i would be driving along and then the car suddenly shuts down with the battery light coming on and the other warning lights on. When i stop the car it will not restart and the traction control light and the yellow handbrake light stays on with the handbrake off.

    When i leave the car for a while(after getting it towed) it starts again.

    has anyone had this problem before or ever heard of it. this is the second/third time its happened and getting fed up.

    I thought it was fixed the last time it was seen too 5 months ago, obviously not.
     
     

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    Any details on what was fixed the last time?
     
     

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    I think some of the relays were reset, im not 100% sure.
     
     

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    Ok, best thing to do is to check if there is damp in the E-box...where the relays are kept under the hood.
     
     

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    if the e-box is drivers side its dry and also where the brain is on the passenger side is dry too. i mite not have this problem for another 5 months but would like to know what the story is.
     
     

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    E-box is on passenger side.
     
     

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    take it thats where the brain is pluged into, its all dry.
     
     

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    You need to get the fault codes read, "could" well be a crankshaft sensor problem, any Main dealer(more expensive), BMW Independent specialist or good independent garage should be able to do this for you, get a copy of any codes and then post them up here and we will help out where we can with what you need to do next.
     
     

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    I have a problem similar to this.

    I have a BMW 318 ci sport convertible. It has done about 68,000 miles.

    When I am driving the warning light in the centre (triangular with the circular arrow going around the outside) comes on in yellow, and also the handbrake light comes on in yellow both at the same time.

    It does not do it every time I drive the car but maybe 50% of the time. I also called the RAC and he changed the front brake pads but the problem still stayed. I thought maybe it could be the rear pads or tyre pressures but have not had these checked yet. I think he tried to feed me some cr@p about the tyre pressures by saying that if the pressures are higher or lower than recommended then it will tell the computer that one wheel is moving faster than the rest and cause the traction light to come on.

    any ideas?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz1988 View Post
    I have a problem similar to this.

    I have a BMW 318 ci sport convertible. It has done about 68,000 miles.

    When I am driving the warning light in the centre (triangular with the circular arrow going around the outside) comes on in yellow, and also the handbrake light comes on in yellow both at the same time.

    It does not do it every time I drive the car but maybe 50% of the time. I also called the RAC and he changed the front brake pads but the problem still stayed. I thought maybe it could be the rear pads or tyre pressures but have not had these checked yet. I think he tried to feed me some cr@p about the tyre pressures by saying that if the pressures are higher or lower than recommended then it will tell the computer that one wheel is moving faster than the rest and cause the traction light to come on.

    any ideas?
    If you get the fault codes read, then it may show either ABS control module or wheel speed sensor failure. Let's hope it's the latter one
     
     

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