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BMW E36 3 Series Car Warning Lights

BMW E36 car warning lights, car warning symbols such as engine management light, ABS light, airbag light this guide will help you. We have created this BMW E36 dashboard lights meaning guide and will show you how to deal with an engine light, airbag warning light, ABS light and all of the other car warning signs on your dashboard. You might need to buy a scanner online which will show BMW trouble codes & reset the warning light for good!

If you need to reset a dashboard light or diagnose a fault on your BMW we would recommend the BMW iCarsoft i910 which will allow you to diagnose & reset BMW trouble codes and warning lights in the main systems engine, ABS, airbags, transmission and much more.

If you need new sensors to fix your BMW E36 3 Series such as ABS sensor, MAF, camshaft & crankshaft, visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk


BMW E36 3 Series Engine management light or EML - Possible problem with the vehicle engine or a sensor may need replacing. Because this light has been illuminated on your dashboard, your vehicle will have stored a code which you need to retreive in order to fix the problem, or find the source of the problem. You can find these code readers on our BMW code reader page, and for the BMW E36 3 Series we recommend the BMW iCarsoft i910 code reader which will allow you to read & clear BMW trouble codes and reset the dashboard warning lights. The i910 will read manufacturer specific fault codes and generic fault codes, exactly like they will do in the official BMW workshops. If your E36 was made before 1997 you should use the Vpecker Vehicle Doctor kit.

BMW E36 3 Series EML warning light - the EML stands for Engine Management Light and if illuminated indicates there is a fault within the engine module. You can diagnose & clear the warning light by using the iCarsoft i910 diagnostic kit. The fault could be relating to a faulty part such as O2 sensor, igniton coil. 

BMW E36 3 Series airbag warning light  If this symbol is illuminated during normal operating conditions it means there is a fault within the airbag system. You will need to use the iCarsoft i910 to diagnose & reset. Generally the airbag light will be illuminated because of a loose connection, even if you reconnect everything back together you will still need an airbag light reset tool to turn off the light. Here you can watch a video of the i910 tool resetting the BMW airbag light - The i910 is available from our BMW airbag light section and will also read trouble codes & problem codes from other modules such as engine & ABS. 

BMW E36 3 Series ABS warning light - Anti-Lock Brakes, indicates a fault in the anti lock brake system. It could be that an ABS sensor needs to be replaced immediately. The iCarsoft i910 fault scan tool will tell you which ABS sensor you need to replace. If you do need to replace a sensor - please visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk  who have all the ABS sensors you need. Look further down this page to see the other dash lights which show up when you need to replace an ABS sensor. You can also view our guide on how to change BMW ABS sensor.  

BMW E36 3 Series traction control OFF. Warning that the traction control has been turned off and is no longer active. This warning symbol can flash if driving over road conditions like ice or snow. If the warning light is permanently on, you can diagnose the faulty DSC/ASC system by using the iCarsoft i910
BMW E36 3 Series brake canadian warning light

BMW E36 3 Series parking brake warning light - this brake symbol will illuminate if the handbrake is applied or in the ON position. The brake warning symbol can also illuminate alongside the ABS and traction (ASC/DSC) warning lights, which generally indicates a fault with the an ABS sensor. See the ABS section on this page for more info. It also indicates faults in the chassis control system, dynamic brake control or brake fluid level.
BMW E36 3 Series brake warning light

BMW E36 3 Series brake warning light in certian countries - see the brake warning light above for further info.
BMW E36 3 Series Brakepads Warning Light Dashboard & Warning Light Dash Symbols

BMW E36 3 Series brake pad wear - brakepads are worn and need to be replaced as soon as possible. If you have replaced your brake pads and the dash light is still illuminated, you will need to visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk to get replacement sensors.
BMW E36 3 Series Coolant Dashboard Warning Light Symbol Diagnostic World

BMW E36 3 Series cooling system or coolant light - stop when safe, check and top up coolant as needed. Check also for coolant leaks under the engine because a cracked or split BMW E36 3 Series expansion tank is quite common. In this case the cooling system needs to be drained and a new tank installed which is generally a DIY job if you feel confident.
BMW E36 3 Series series Engine Oil Warning Light Dashboard & Warning Light Dash Symbols

BMW E36 3 Series low oil pressure warning light -  check oil pressure immediately & add oil upto the correct level. If you have added oil and the light remaims, or the light stays on for an extened period of time after start up, you will need to replace the oil level sensor which can be found by visiting www.bavariandominator.co.uk
BMW E36 3 Series Series Battery Warning Light Dashboard & Warning Light Dash Symbols

BMW E36 3 Series battery charge is low. Do not drive for long distances and have it checked by a professional immediately. It could be a battery which needs to be replaced, or it could be another issue like a faulty alternator.

BMW E36 3 Series automatic transmission warning light - if this symbol is illuminated on your dashboard it means there is a fault within this system. You can diagnose this auto transmission/gearbox fault by using the iCarsoft i910 which will give you BMW trouble codes and allow you to clear them. 
BMW E36 3 Series dashboard warning lights & symbols diagnostic world
BMW E36 3 Series fuel gauge
BMW E36 3 Series indicator lamps for turn signals
BMW E36 3 Series speedometer
BMW E36 3 Series indicator warning lamps
BMW E36 3 Series tachometer
BMW E36 3 Series temperature gauge
BMW E36 3 Series trip odometer
BMW E36 3 Series service interval display
BMW E36 3 Series odometer
BMW E36 3 Series trip odometer reset button


For the whole of the E36 3 Series range, we highly recommend the iCarsoft i910. It will plug into your diagnostic port under the dashboard below the steering wheel, or if you have a model before 2001 it will plug into the round diagnostic port under the bonnet (you will need a 20 pin round adaptor for this) It will also give you information on the initial problem and then turn off the warning lights. 

If you see the following light appear on your BMW, the chances are you need to replace an ABS sensor. You are advised to use the iCarsoft i910 to find out which ABS sensor needs to be replaced, and then visit www.bavariandominator.co.uk to find the BMW ABS sensor for your vehicle


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