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BMW E36 Warning Lamps

21st May 2008

BMW E36 Warning Lamps

 

Hi,

I read many posts about people asking about special symbols and cheap celebrex online, online Zoloft. warning lamps that turn on in their BMW E36 cars and they don’t actually know what they mean. While some warning lamps are self explanatory, some of them are mysteriously weird and I honestly don’t know how the car designers chose them.

Today, I’ve prepared a legend of all (well, I’m not sure if I’m missed something or not) the symbols that you may see in the dashboard of your BMW E36. Below you will find the symbol (indictor) lamp a long with possible reason why it’s turned on.

BTW, I took these from the BMW E36 owners manual, you can refer to that post and download the whole manual if you like.

 

turn signal left right green Turn signal left/right, green
Flashes when the turn signals are in operation.
battery charge current red Battery charge current, red
Goes out after the engine has started.
If the lamp comes on during normal vehicle operation:
The battery is no longer being charged. Indicates a defect in the generator drive-belt or the charging circuit. Tony: Maybe the alternator has a problem too.
high beam blue High beam, blue
Lights up when the high beams are switched on or the headlamp flashers are activated.
engine oil pressure red Engine oil pressure, red
Goes out after the engine has started. May come on briefly at idle when the engine is hot, but must go out again at higher engine speed.
If the lamp comes on during normal vehicle operation: stop vehicle and switch off engine immediately. Check engine oil level; if necessary, add oil. If oil level is correct: contact your BMW Retailer. Tony: Maybe your car is leaking oil, check for that too
foglamps green Foglamps, green
Lights up whenever you switch on the foglamps.
airbags red Airbags, red
This lamp turns on for an operational check when you turn the ignition key to position 1. If, at the operation check, it does not go on, or goes on while driving, have it checked at your BMW Retailer.
automatic transmission yellow Automatic transmission, yellow
Goes out after the engine has started.
asc t automatic stability control plus traction yellow ASC+T (Automatic Stability Control plus Traction), yellow
Goes out shortly after the ignition is switched on:
System OK.
abs antilock brake system ABS (Antilock Brake System), yellow
Goes out after the engine has started. If the lamp comes on during normal vehicle operation:
ABS has been deactivated in response to a system malfunction. Conventional braking force remains unimpaired.
brake pad wear yellow Brake pad wear, yellow
Lights up when starter is actuated and goes out when the engine is started. If the lamp comes on during normal vehicle operation:
replace brake pads immediately.
brake hydraulics red Brake hydraulics, red
Goes out after the engine has started. If the lamp comes on during normal vehicle operation:
low brake fluid.
parking brake red Parking brake, red
Goes out after the engine has started. Comes on when you engage the parking brake.
check engine emissions related systems Emissions-related systems
Lamp goes out once engine starts. If this indicator lamp lights up during normal vehicle operation, either continuously or intermittently, this indicates a fault in one of the emissions related electronic circuits. Although the vehicle remains operational, you should have the systems checked by a BMW Retailer at the earliest possible opportunity. Tony: This indicates that you’re having a problem and you should check it as soon as possible
please fasten safety belts red Please fasten safety belts, red
(With acoustic signal if the driver’s belt is not buckled). Lights up briefly when the ignition key is turned, and then goes out (in some models it goes out after you fasten safety belts).
rollover protection system yellow BMW Convertible Rollover Protection System, yellow
Goes out shortly after the ignition is switched on:
System OK.

 

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