BMW 3 Series E30

since 1983-1994 release

Repair and operation of the car

- 1. Maintenance instruction
   1.1.2. Overall dimensions
   1.1.3. Driver's seat
   1.1.4. Dashboard
   1.1.5. Keys for the car equipped with an immobilizer
   1.1.6. Window regulators
   1.1.7. Safety cushions
   1.1.8. On-board computer
   1.1.9. Indexes
   1.1.10. Voltmeter
   1.1.11. Tachometer
   1.1.12. The counter of the total passable way
   1.1.13. Sound signal
   1.1.14. 3-staged automatic transmission
   1.1.15. 4-staged automatic transmission
   1.1.16. Mechanical transmission
   1.1.17. Emergency brake
   1.1.18. Car running in period
   1.1.19. Fuel
   1.1.20. Threefold catalytic converter
   1.1.21. Engine oil
   1.1.22. Brakes
   1.1.23. Rules of placement of freight in a luggage carrier
   1.1.24. Launch of the engine and driving
   1.1.25. Methods of driving
   1.1.26. Towage of the trailer
   1.1.27. Actions at refusal of launch of the engine
   1.1.28. A start order from the additional battery
   1.1.29. If the engine decayed during the movement
   1.1.30. Actions at an engine overheat
   1.1.31. Actions at a wheel puncture
   1.1.32. Rules of towing
   1.1.33. Check of pressure in tires
   1.1.34. Check of a state and replacement of tires
   1.1.35. Shift of wheels
   1.1.36. Installation of winter tires and chains
   1.1.37. Check of an external condition of the battery
   1.1.38. Battery charging
   1.1.39. Specifications
+ 2. Maintenance
+ 3. Engine
+ 4. Cooling system
+ 5. Heating and ventilation
+ 6. Fuel system
+ 7. Exhaust system
+ 8. Transmissions
+ 9. Coupling
+ 10. Brake system
+ 11. Running gear
+ 12. Body
+ 13. Electric equipment
+ 14. Useful tips


1.1.9. Indexes


Index of level of fuel

The index shows approximately amount of the fuel which remained in a tank and works when the ignition key is in situation On.

It is recommended to support gasoline level on a mark 1/4 of a full tank.

At switching off of ignition of the shooter of the index does not come back to the minimum division and keeps the situation.

If the level of fuel goes down to a mark E, or the control lamp of a reserve of fuel begins to blink, then immediately fill a tank.

Index of temperature of cooling liquid

The index works when the ignition key is in situation On. Temperature of cooling liquid of the engine depends on loading of the engine and weather conditions.

If the arrow is in a red zone above, then stop the car and let's cool down to the engine.

The overheat of the engine is possible at severe conditions of the movement, for example:

  – at long rise in hot weather;
  – at reduction of speed or at a car stop after a trip at great speed;
  – during the long work idling with the switched-on conditioner and with frequent stops in the course of the movement, when using the car as towing.


It is forbidden to remove the thermostat as the movement without thermostat will bring to an engine overheat. The thermostat is intended for regulation of a stream of cooling liquid and maintenance of temperature of the engine in working limits.

The movement with the superheated engine is forbidden.