I own an E36 1992 325i. Yesterday, I reattached the fiberglass panel
under the glove box (on the fron passenger side) by bolting the 2 bolts
(from the dealer) to reattach this panel. While doing this, I noticed
that I bumped into a few relays located there, causing the alarm and
other electricals to glitch. After reattaching this fiberglass panel,
I notice the following problems:
1. The instrument cluster / dashboard lighting for the Air
Conditioning Controls are out (not lit)
2. The trip computer (I have the fully-featured one) is not working-
no lights to the trip computer and no power to it either
3. However, all of the rest of the instrument cluster /
lighting works fine and has no problems.
I checked the fuse box (the one under the hood / boot of the car) and
all of the fuses appear OK- None of the fuse filaments appear burnt. I
am also not sure which fuses position number in the fuse box is the one
that is affected by problem #1 and #2, as listed above. I did not
check the relays because I am not familiar with them.
My bottom line questions are the following:
1. What is causing this problem on my E36 1992 325i?
2. Is it caused by the fuse being in the wrong position? If so, which
fuse position numbers and what rating fuse (in Amperes) should the
fuses be in to fix problem #1 and #2?
3. Could the problem be caused by a bad relay (which I inadvertently
bumped into and damaged? If so, which relay under the glove box would
I have to replace?
I would greatly appreciate any help, guidance, ideas, and information
from anyone familiar with the electrical of the E36 BMW, regarding this
issue. Thank you in advance.