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The glove box fuses only go up to 45 and I cannot find where on earth 75 and 76 are.

Anyone know?

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they are under the glove box. you have to remove the kick panel under the box by sliding it out. Then get under and look up. They are a pain to get to and hard to remove without taking the glove box out.
Why do you need to get to those? The only reason I'm asking is because they rarely go bad, but doesn't hurt to check (I guess).
IMO it would be easiest to remove the glove box than try to pull them from underneath.
 

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My electric fan is not working and wanted to check the fuse before replacing the whole unit. Something fun for the weekend I guess.

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The auxilliary fan has constant power, may be easier to just try to unplug the fan connector in front of the radiator, and test it for +12V
 

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do a search on this board. I believe there is a thread that talks about that same problem. I think some people were able to fix their old fan by just taking it off and cleaning it. I would do that first before I would go spend $300 + on a new unit.
Also, as a side note if you have to replace it. I would check with some salvage yards as the fan is all the same on all the E39 1999 and on. I replaced mine recently and paid $135 for it.
 

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A easier way to check and see if the fuse is bad is by unplugging the fan plug (located behind the RH headlight). Take a tester and (if I remember correctly) the black wire coming from the car should have constant power on it (regardless if the vehicle is on or off). The plug is more accessible than the fuse. If you get power to the plug than it's either the fan or the switch.
 

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A little late to this party but for anyone who finds this via Google, hope this helps.
You do NOT need to remove the glovebox! Simply get upside down under the glovebox in the passenger seat - there is a panel immediately behind/below the glove box, it has a hole in it. Put your finger in the hole for leverage, slide the panel towards the back of the car, it will come right off. Look up - you'll see a bunch of wires, control boxes, etc. There is a big black fuse holder for the 40A and 50A fuse attached to one of the boxes - the fuses are coming out the top of it, one orange, one red, so 4 wires going into the bottom of it. They are huge fuses. It took me about 5 minutes of upside-down wiggling to remove, check, and replace both fuses. I'm 6'3 with giant hands and was able to do this without much trouble in under 5 minutes.

Removing the whole glove box would be a HUGE waste of time!

Hope this saves someone some headaches :)
 

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There are indeed two fuses up in there. When I purchased my M5 the fan was not working. After checking and confirming there was no power to the fan I replaced the very large red fuse, it was blown. Its hard to get to but it fixed my problem with the fan.
I ran a small jumper wire to the hot side of the connector to verify the fan would operate, before I went to the trouble of getting to the fuse.
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A little late to this party but for anyone who finds this via Google, hope this helps.
You do NOT need to remove the glovebox! Simply get upside down under the glovebox in the passenger seat - there is a panel immediately behind/below the glove box, it has a hole in it. Put your finger in the hole for leverage, slide the panel towards the back of the car, it will come right off. Look up - you'll see a bunch of wires, control boxes, etc. There is a big black fuse holder for the 40A and 50A fuse attached to one of the boxes - the fuses are coming out the top of it, one orange, one red, so 4 wires going into the bottom of it. They are huge fuses. It took me about 5 minutes of upside-down wiggling to remove, check, and replace both fuses. I'm 6'3 with giant hands and was able to do this without much trouble in under 5 minutes.

Removing the whole glove box would be a HUGE waste of time!

Hope this saves someone some headaches :)

thanx for the tip with ur help i got to the fuses with very little hassle and check them they both fine guess im off to the stealers to get me a FSU unit now it can only be that unit thats a problem
 
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