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Old 11-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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hi everyone

new to bmw,s but been well impressed with me new/old purchase have got a 2001 325 i es an absolute dream to drive aswell full service history ..... ok its done 165k but wouldnt think so , even the leather has been well looked after ............. now have a niggle when the side lights are turned on the indicator lights up aswell but goes off when headlights turned on ............... im assuming its an earth problem ?? but never owned one of these before after a bit of info on where earth would be ........ i take it headlight has to come out ??
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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what exactly is a niggle? I'm trying to figure out what the symptoms are but can't descern more then my lights cause a problem. And by earth do you mean electical ground?
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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yes my friend earth/ground .................... when side lights are on so is the driverside indicator bulb does that make sence
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
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Just to clarify; When your running lights are on, you get a "bulb out" idicator on the dash?
Where is the indicator with relationship to the car diagram that lights up?
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If the rear error lights indicate, it can mean two things:
Brake Light Unit (bulb/s bad)
License Plate light/s is bad

or Tail light Ground pin is fouled, which happened to me on a 2001 325i i used to own.

If the front error light indicates

It can be Front turn signals



If it is happening in the front and turning the headlights on corrects it "light goes away" then it could possibly be a problem with your ballast, if you have Xenons.

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