How Read the Fuse Panel on a 1995 BMW 318I

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How Read the Fuse Panel on a 1995 BMW 318I
BMW uses standard ATC blade fuses. (series object on white: safety fuse image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

When it gets dark and your 1995 BMW 318i lights won't turn on, you may have a blown fuse. Fuses are designed as the safety of the car's electrical system. Their function is to prevent the electrical system from burning out and catching fire. In order to find the cause of an electrical problem, you first need to look in the fuse box to verify that a fuse has burnt out. The 1995 318i E36 series BMW fuse box has a description of each component on the inside of the cover, along with a diagram for identifying the individual fuse. To figure out an electrical problem on a 1995 318i, as well as other E36 series BMWs, you need to know how to read the fuse panel.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Owner's manual or repair manual

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Release and open the bonnet by pulling the lever on the top left side of the driver's-side footwell. The fuses are on the fender, adjacent to the driver's-side firewall, covered by a black cover.

  2. 2

    Pull upward on the front tab of the cover, then forward to release from the rear housing tabs.

  3. 3

    Turn the fuse box cover over to expose the underside. The underside of the cover has labels of all relevant information related to the fuse box. The top label indicates the fuse number and amperage. The centre label indicates what each fuse protects. The bottom label, which is imprinted on the plastic of the cover, indicates the fuse layout and numbering system.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have no power at all, check the battery located in the rear of the vehicle on the passenger side.
  • Do not exceed the recommend amperage if a fuse must be replaced, as this may cause a fire.
  • If a fuse continues to trip, consult a professional, as there is an electrical problem.

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