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beamy2004 02-18-2013 04:34 PM

How do I fix this problem? (Rear tail lights)
 
Hi all. I'm brand new and figured this would be the best place to ask for help. I have a 2004 BMW 325I. Anyways, my rear driver's side tail lights are out. Forgive me for my lack of car lingo, but I removed the lights and unplugged the fuses that connect to the lights. One of the must've sparked and burned a hole in one of them. It's probably a stupid question, but I do not know much about cars. I'm trying to learn more.

Here are some pictures to help.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...W/IMG_0464.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...W/IMG_0465.jpg

Is this something I can fix myself that is relatively cheap? (With the guidance of someone who does know about cars) Or should I just take it to a shop and shell out $200? Thank you so much for any help or suggestions!!

tim330i 02-18-2013 05:15 PM

I moved your thread over to the E46 general forum section. What does the other side of the connector look like? If it is just the end on the wiring harness you should be able to get a replacement and swap the wiring over.

Tim

beamy2004 02-18-2013 05:23 PM

This is the other side of the connector.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...W/IMG_0467.jpg

haurelio 02-18-2013 08:25 PM

that is an known problems with this cars, there's even a recall about this, use the search button to find out more about that recall.

seigi009 02-18-2013 10:08 PM

^ this. I got my rear tail lights fixed at the dealership for free.

albarran9 02-18-2013 11:29 PM

I got mine checked for free at the dealer, but they said only certain cars like the coupe's were covered.

TheJonRoss 02-19-2013 12:09 AM

My driver tailight on my sedan was covered under the recall. I found the recall number and contacted BMWNA and they called my dealership and set up the appointment for me. Couldn't have been easier!

TheJonRoss 02-19-2013 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beamy2004 (Post 15174026)
Hi all. I'm brand new and figured this would be the best place to ask for help. I have a 2004 BMW 325I. Anyways, my rear driver's side tail lights are out. Forgive me for my lack of car lingo, but I removed the lights and unplugged the fuses that connect to the lights. One of the must've sparked and burned a hole in one of them. It's probably a stupid question, but I do not know much about cars. I'm trying to learn more.

Here are some pictures to help.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...W/IMG_0464.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...W/IMG_0465.jpg

Is this something I can fix myself that is relatively cheap? (With the guidance of someone who does know about cars) Or should I just take it to a shop and shell out $200? Thank you so much for any help or suggestions!!

Also, your second picture is exactly what mine looked like.

HacksawMark 02-19-2013 12:47 AM

BTW, Welcome! :hi: You'll find a lot of great information about e46s here.

jonesenberg 02-19-2013 02:02 AM

Welcome. Freebie recall fix. Had mine done (which look identical) about 3 months ago. No issues since.


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