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      05-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Help finding a fuse

Ayone know where the fuse for the front and rear power outlets is?
Checked the manual, It says fuse info is on a separate sheet
But I Never got that
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      05-13-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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Ayone know where the fuse for the front and rear power outlets is?
Checked the manual, It says fuse info is on a separate sheet
But I Never got that

You may be surprised that you do have the "Separate sheet", but don't know where it is. The "separate sheet" is actually stored in one of the fuse blocks, but you'd never know it from the material supplied with the car.

The X3 has (2) fuse blocks:

Fuse Block #1 is behind the glove box and is accessed through the removable panel at the far right at the back of the open glove box. The fuses are (5) or (6) inches behind the back of the glove box and will probably take someone with a very thin wrist or better yet, a surgical forceps or very long nose pliers to change. This fuse block houses fuses Nos. 1 through No. 67.

Fuse Block No. 2 is housed in the right rear fender. To access it you must remove the small right rear storage cover (pull firmly on the black hand hold). Then you must remove the plastic "push rivet" at the rear of the insulation cover. Pry the center pin out with a screwdriver or small knife, and then completely remove the plastic "rivet". Then simply roll the insulation cover forward and you will find the fuse block.
Fuse block No. 2 houses fuses Nos. 100 to No. 204.

The sheet listing the fuse locations for BOTH fuse blocks is folded and stored in a slot at the bottom of the fuse block (No. 2).

I've looked at mine and it appears that the 12V. power outlets are actually fused by (7) different fuses!.

According to the diagram, fuses number 1, 54, 65, 143, 144, 171, and 176 can affect one or more of the power outlets.

I suspect the only way to find out which fuse is blown will be to remove the listed ones and check them with an ohmmeter. I'd certainly start with the ones in the Fuse Block No. 2, just because they're much easier to get at.

I’m attaching images of both sides of the fuse list so you can study it before digging in. Good Luck.

Hope this helps.
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You may be surprised that you do have the "Separate sheet", but don't know where it is. The "separate sheet" is actually stored in one of the fuse blocks, but you'd never know it from the material supplied with the car.

The X3 has (2) fuse blocks:

Fuse Block #1 is behind the glove box and is accessed through the removable panel at the far right at the back of the open glove box. The fuses are (5) or (6) inches behind the back of the glove box and will probably take someone with a very thin wrist or better yet, a surgical forceps or very long nose pliers to change. This fuse block houses fuses Nos. 1 through No. 67.

Fuse Block No. 2 is housed in the right rear fender. To access it you must remove the small right rear storage cover (pull firmly on the black hand hold). Then you must remove the plastic "push rivet" at the rear of the insulation cover. Pry the center pin out with a screwdriver or small knife, and then completely remove the plastic "rivet". Then simply roll the insulation cover forward and you will find the fuse block.
Fuse block No. 2 houses fuses Nos. 100 to No. 204.

The sheet listing the fuse locations for BOTH fuse blocks is folded and stored in a slot at the bottom of the fuse block (No. 2).

I've looked at mine and it appears that the 12V. power outlets are actually fused by (7) different fuses!.

According to the diagram, fuses number 1, 54, 65, 143, 144, 171, and 176 can affect one or more of the power outlets.

I suspect the only way to find out which fuse is blown will be to remove the listed ones and check them with an ohmmeter. I'd certainly start with the ones in the Fuse Block No. 2, just because they're much easier to get at.

Iím attaching images of both sides of the fuse list so you can study it before digging in. Good Luck.

Hope this helps.

Thank you very, very much for the DIY
I tried the trunk first, found the sheet with the diagram you posted
Of course it wasn't one of the easy ones

It was fuse 54, for future reference
Of course I could not get my hands in the tiny slot in the back of the glove compartment,
So I had to take out the entire glovebox
But got it in the end

Thanks again
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Thank you very, very much for the DIY
I tried the trunk first, found the sheet with the diagram you posted
Of course it wasn't one of the easy ones

It was fuse 54, for future reference
Of course I could not get my hands in the tiny slot in the back of the glove compartment,
So I had to take out the entire glovebox
But got it in the end

Thanks again
Good!, glad you got it. Will note to check fuse 54 first if (probably when) I need to. You would think that BMW could have been a little more generous when sizing the opening in the glove box, but if they made it easy for owners to change the fuses, they couldn't justify charging $110/hour for their service dept.
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Good!, glad you got it. Will note to check fuse 54 first if (probably when) I need to. You would think that BMW could have been a little more generous when sizing the opening in the glove box, but if they made it easy for owners to change the fuses, they couldn't justify charging $110/hour for their service dept.
AMEN brother! Most modern cars are purposely engineered NOT to be easy to work on.
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And was it the front "cigarette" plug that was not working? I have the same problem, but really not in the mood to remove the box in order to get in to the fusebox. Why they put the fusebox in such a place?!!
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Yeah , it's usually nr 54.

I had a shortcut, well my wife had one :-) she usually puts the keys in the cupholder, and there was no plug in the 12v outlet, probably a key that shortcutted the circuit..... ???

I think it blows when keys on the keychain together with the carkey are put in the storage compartment in the middle front shortcuts the front outlet ..

Here's my thread on the matter earlier..:

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633500
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And was it the front "cigarette" plug that was not working? I have the same problem, but really not in the mood to remove the box in order to get in to the fusebox. Why they put the fusebox in such a place?!!

Not in the mood? That's what a warranty and a dealer are for.
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These guys have got to be kidding!

I just got my X3 back from the dealer and I just realized that I forgot to tell them about the cigarette lighter not working for my GPS...

No way im going back there just for this fuse... if my long nose pliers don't work then off comes the glove compartment. Not too brilliant in their placement... at least they could have provided a access hole
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I just had fuse 54 replaced after accidentally shorting out the 12v outlet up front. I dropped the glove box dismantling project after several attempts followed by some language not suitable for forums like this. Saw my dealer instead and they replaced the fuse in 15 mins at no charge. Didn't see how they did it but considering the short time used I suspect that they actually did it through the ridiculously small access opening in the glove box.

But I didn't feel particularly well with having to see the dealer just to replace a fuse.
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