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sna77 06-30-2009 12:16 PM

License plate light out - rusted carrier
 
Anyone have any idea how I fix this? New bulb was not the answer. The contacts look like they have rusted completely... The right hand light works btw:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...1&d=1246378483

sna77 06-30-2009 10:29 PM

anyone?

sna77 07-02-2009 07:46 AM

:bump:

torosh 07-02-2009 08:57 AM

I had the same exact issue on my previous 330i. You can either replace the entire handle assembly or try to clean the contacts somehow. It is easier to clean it if you remove the handle assembly from the trunk. I was able to clean mine with some electrical contact cleaner. This issue with mine was that the gasket that fits between the handle and trunk was folded over during assembly and it caused water to get behind the handle and caused the contacts to become corroded. As you reinstall the handle just make sure you have a good seal as you torque the handle down.

Hope this helps.

sna77 07-02-2009 09:59 AM

Thanks! Were your contacts on both sides like that?

I dont even see the part # for the new handle:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...67&hg=41&fg=60

I'm assuming it is #1 51137170966 , Trunk lid grip with key button (primed).

But that says up to 04/2001. No idea what I need for an 04...

tincup33 07-02-2009 11:28 AM

Try the electrical contact cleaner idea or even some baking soda + water mix for the green crap. I can't tell if the corrosion is causing this or if there is some actual rust I'm not seeing.

enelson325 07-02-2009 12:01 PM

damn that is bad lol

Devas 08-07-2009 01:08 AM

I wonder if you change the unit with LED Bulbs the ones that come with the whole housing, would it fix it?

http://www.bimmian.com/46/LPL/

bigfatvr6prik 08-07-2009 01:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sna77 (Post 10235653)
Thanks! Were your contacts on both sides like that?

I dont even see the part # for the new handle:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...67&hg=41&fg=60

I'm assuming it is #1 51137170966 , Trunk lid grip with key button (primed).

But that says up to 04/2001. No idea what I need for an 04...

Had the exact same issue, ended up getting the new one from Tischer and got it painted from another 50$ (if you get it painted make sure you get it matched as color will be off after 5 years of beating the OE paint has taken). You need part # 13 (not #1 as you stated).

In my case while trying to clean the contacts, they were so brittle, that one bulb holder literally broke into pieces while i tried electrical contact cleaner with a small brush.

dmon_101 08-07-2009 02:20 AM

I had to do this with the lousy New England weather I was living in, just cleaned the contacts, and it worked fine.

Edison@JleviSW 08-07-2009 11:48 AM

Might as well upgrade to LEDs if you are going to replace the housings. I recommend the Xenon White LED License Plate Light Housings we carry which are a complete replacement with built in LEDs.

hi its me alec 08-07-2009 12:47 PM

Steel wool or mild sandpaper will do the trick. If it's hard to get in there with your fingers, wrap some sandpaper around the end of a pencil and tape it together, then you can be more precise with it. It just happens when corrosion builds up between the metals and disrupts the electrical current.

jbeurotech 08-07-2009 01:02 PM

When it gets that bad the 3 pin connector is damged as well. You will need the grip strip and a connector repair kit(most likely)

I just replace all those parts on my E46

CJW2OO4 08-07-2009 01:51 PM

sucks that happened to my car too...good thing I still was under warranty.

hi its me alec 08-07-2009 02:18 PM

Oh wow, I didn't even see the green corrosion all over the inside.. I was just looking at the prongs. That's pretty bad

piesfinder 08-08-2009 11:54 AM

You have to replace the entire trunk handle part....and paint it. I think the part costs about $75ish. I got it painted for $20.

Devas 08-08-2009 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick@Jlevi SW (Post 10425474)
Might as well upgrade to LEDs if you are going to replace the housings. I recommend the Xenon White LED License Plate Light Housings we carry which are a complete replacement with built in LEDs.

Do you have the housing just regular 2005 E46 Sedans? Cause it says it only fits CSL

dmon_101 08-08-2009 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Devas (Post 10431259)
Do you have the housing just regular 2005 E46 Sedans? Cause it says it only fits CSL

no it doesn't

Devas 08-08-2009 09:18 PM

http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/popu...D=5923&image=1

Yea it does look at this advertisment on their website

dmon_101 08-08-2009 09:25 PM

weird, I don't see the word "only"


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