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From digest.v6.n892 Fri Jul 18 03:43:20 1997
From: (Phil Marx)
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 11:27:52 -0500
Subject: re: E30 Help w/power windows

Richard Springs asks:

>Help. I have a 1986 325e with dead power windows. First it was just the
>passenger side, now this morning the driver's side doesn't work. I checked
>the switches and am not getting any power to them. Can anyone tell me the
>location of the relays?
>My fog lights are also not working, so the location of that relay would be
>helpful too.
>Any suggestions on how to obtain the appropriate owners manual for this car.

Try ordering part # But the manual is of no help. BMW in their infinite wisdom left even fuse info out of the E30 owners books. Most of the normal relays use the same unit. You can look in the fuse box at relay locations K1-K8. Beep your horn while touching the relays to determine which is the horn relay. Then swap it out with the others until the horn 'don't no more. Your probable problems are a stuck unloader relay (K5 maybe but don't quote me as I don't have a manual or an E30) which diverts power on cranking, assuming you've checked the circuit breaker switch either on the center console or above the radio (year dependent). Or my method, just smack the relays with any large tool in your tool box.

  • -Phil Marx BMWCCA #6021
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