In Reply to: Hazard switch bypass posted by mike the cheapskate on September 12, 1999 at 11:28:57:
: I was messing with my broken Hazard switch and found that you can jump pins "49a" to "15" on the harness connector (looks like green/purple to white/purple wires) and retain turn signal operation.
: I can't tell that the other six connections have any essential use for normal driving. Any ideas?
: Cheapskate mike.
Another cheapskate! Right on, my brudda...the other connections are for the hazard function of the switch, you have bypassed the "passive" connection of the turn signals that BMW routed thru the hazard switch for no apparent reason. If you want to get further cheap you could bypass the costly BMW flasher unit (that does 2 duties as hazard and turn signal flashing) with a $2 auto parts store flasher for just the turn signal function...when it breaks it'll be a cheap/simple fix. Later, you could replace the hazard function with a $3 flasher that would flash all 4 lamps, you just have to find a clean mounting spot for the two little "cans"...and keep a fire extinguisher handy!