BMW E36 Climate Control Instructions

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The BMW E36 was the generation of BMW 3 Series cars produced from late 1992 through early 1999. One of the E36's features was an automatic climate control that could be adjusted by the driver or passenger to provide an interior temperature that matched the setting on the climate control's adjustment panel. The climate controls were connected to a ventilation system that included 10 places for incoming airflow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Adjust the vents on the interior of the E36's dashboard so that the air will be blowing in your desired direction.

  2. 2

    Press the "AUTO" button to toggle the automatic climate control and air distribution. If the light inside the button is illuminated, then the automatic climate control is engaged.

  3. 3

    Press one of the three air distribution programs that can be chosen above the "AUTO" button. This will determine what vents the air is automatically distributed through (either the foot well, mid-level or windshield-aimed fans.)

  4. 4

    Press the up and down arrows located on the rectangular button to the right of the "AUTO button" to manipulate the temperature of the climate control system. The temperature on the climate control display panel will change as you manipulate it using the up and down arrows to either increase or decrease the temperature.

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