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Re: I know all about embarrassment. (archive)

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Posted by David F on April 03, 2001 at 08:03:13:

In Reply to: I know all about embarrassment. posted by guy simpson on April 02, 2001 at 23:29:29:

Since we are telling stories of old E28 (535) compressor clutch bearing went south and suddenly starting squeling loudly. I was just pulling up to my son's boyscout meeting (along with all the other dads). On top of that, I mentioned to my son that I was low on fuel. Well when we were leaving, I was really low on fuel and the car was hickuping the 200 yards to the gas station and making a horrible racket. I think my son was more embarrassed than I was. I cut the A/C belt the next morning.

In February I was in Vancouver BC, downtown on Robson St. This street is the main shopping strech for 1 mile through downtown. It's always active up to 2-3am. I forgot the code I entered on the OBC. So after 3 entries the alarm goes off. People are walking by seeing this nice family in a BMW while the alarm is blaring. So out comes the tools and owners manual for recovery. After you reconnect the battery after the specified time interval. The alarm goes off again. Then you wait in the car for 15 minutes while the countdown is running. My wife was so pissed off at me for forgetting the code. Now she is the official code courier.

But David is right. Your car alarm horn was active for some strange reason.


Always carry tools in your older e32's!!!

Heres one for the books:
In my morning commute, in my 88'735I-(automatic trans. 188,000 miles) after about 8 minutes of driving (3 minutes on the freeway) I heard a VERY LOUD noise that sounded like my Horn was stuck!!! I pulled off the freeway, and turned off the car and when I opened the drivers door, the noise was comming from under the hood. It wasnt the horn, because I could still honk the horn (although you could hardly hear it over the constant howl from the e-box)

When I opened the hood, the noise was deffining, and definately comming from the E-box, which was vibrateing to the touch. Still thinking it was the horn, I pulled the horn fuse to no avail. Unfortunately I did not have my tools, or I would have disconnected the battery lead right there. It seemed like nothing I could do would stop the noise.

After about 8 minutes of trying things, wakeing up 4 square blocks, and scratching my head, I decide to try to find a local garage, since the car was still driveing fine, I got in,
Started the car, and as I put it in drive,
the noise stopped.

Its been a week, and with minimal driveing (maybe 50-75 miles) it has not done it again.

When I pulled the ebox cover...everything looks normal, and of course, the bently manual does not mention this.

Was this some kind of alarm?
What could have possibly made this noise???

I hope nobody ever has to go through this embarassing experience.

Any advise/comments are appreciated.

-88 735i 187,000 miles

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