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2001 Z3 blows fuse 46

Dealer told me I had the wrong bulbs in the rear. Worked 6 mos. Now blows fuse again when I try to activate the soft top. No cruise, no clock, no convertible

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  • psrunyon Aug 23, 2008

    Of course the bulbs were replaced. That is how the dealer charged for the 'repair'. The bulbs were on the car from the factory so I don't think they were the wrong type for 6 years. I think the dealer moved or replugged the wire that is shorting out and causing the fuse to blow. I just don't know where to look for the problem. thanks for any help.



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Hurrah, I've managed to stop my fuse 46 blowing. The problem was the wire that run into the boot lid.  There is a thick bunch gathered together and a single wire that runs along side, im guessing this feeds the boot lid / spoiler brake light. anyhow that wire was broken and Im guessing would touch after the boot had been opened and closed.  Which is how i figured out the intermittent (could last a day or an hour) problem.
Hope this helps

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  • slow_type Nov 10, 2008

    Call me stupid, but I had this problem on a 318SE ,I've just noticed the question was for a Z3.
    Hope its the same solution though.


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Well did you try new bulbs?

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