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Old 05-09-2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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Dying E36?

Hey guys...once again, I run into another problem.

I was driving home today in pouring weather when the following happened
1) Suddenly lost power steering
2) Suddenly rough idling
3) Suddenly lost brake assist (very hard to push pedal)
4) Suddenly battery + oil dash lights turned on.

Luckily, I got home safely. My lights inside were all working just fine and my radio was still going.

What is a likely cause for this?
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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This is a very hard one since; power steering in mechanical (well hydraulic), power brakes are run off vacume (engine), and all the other lights are electronic. I cant think of ONE single thing that they all have in common. Check the belt, damaged or slipping one can affect power steering and alternator (im lost on the power brakes tho...)
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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Hey Eurostyle. Thanks for chiming in. Your advice is always welcomed.

The power steering died once but I brought it back with a restart. It did not die again.

The brakes stayed dead.

My engine revs stayed at about 500 and would occasionally drop to near 0 if I didn't give the car any gas.

If my alternator had died, what would happen?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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If your alternator died you would run out of the juice and the car would fail to start after some driving as the alternator would not be charging the battery.

Since the breaks run on vacuum and a vacuum leak would lead to rough idle I would check for a break or tear in the vacuum lines.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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Have someone scan the car for you, usually a good way to get started.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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Ack my scanners back in Toronto.. And as it is, I do not feel safe driving a car with no brakes assist into the road.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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Vacuum hose unplugged itself from the engine. Knocked my brakes out and caused rough idle. Since I immediately restarted my car when I felt the power steering loss, I actually don't think I had power steering problems - the engine had just died without me knowing.

Battery + oil lights on for those few moments remains a mystery.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #8
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- the engine had just died without me knowing.

Battery + oil lights on for those few moments remains a mystery.
You just solved that mystery! Dead engine = oil and battery light on!
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Vacuum hose unplugged itself from the engine. Knocked my brakes out and caused rough idle. Since I immediately restarted my car when I felt the power steering loss, I actually don't think I had power steering problems - the engine had just died without me knowing.

Battery + oil lights on for those few moments remains a mystery.
Which vacuum hose was it?
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