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Old 05-22-2009, 03:25 PM   #101
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I have been dealing with this false bulb indicator issue for several years on my 2002 330i, to the extent that I always rode with a couple of packs of 12V bulbs in the glove box. Recently it was getting worse and I started having multiple light failures and found this thread. Got all needed parts at Radioshack for under 10 bucks, repair was easy, and have had no issues since. Thanks for the DIY, awesome!
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:33 PM   #102
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I had this problem for over 6 months and after reading this post I fixed it in 10 minutes.
The pictures were invaluable. I have to say: if I could do it, anyone can.
Thanks for posting.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:34 AM   #103
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I followed the DIY and connect the brown wire to the metal tab. ALL BULBS are working fine and bright. BUT the car dash still shows bulb out in the rear passenger taillight ...... any trouble shooting option ? I drove it around for 1 day and it hasnt turned off yet
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:40 PM   #104
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check your rear license plate bulb and connector
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:03 PM   #105
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Worked perfectly for me. Great DIY! Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:58 PM   #106
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On my '01 325xi the rear turn signal on the driver side blinks quickly as if the bulb is out. But upon further inspection the turn signal bulb works is dimmer than the passenger side. I tried replacing the bulb with no progress. Will this DIY fix the problem? Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #107
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Sorry to bump an old thread... but can I solder the wire to the location circled on the pic below? or would I have to try to find another ground?
Or, can I solder a tab to this location?
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A lot of guys have PM'd me to ask where to connect the ground wire if you don't have the tab (i.e. some pre-facelift models).

You can wrap 2-3 turns of the ground wire around the spot circled below, then wrap with electrical tape. Note that that point is part of the metal strip that goes to all bulbs.

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Old 07-17-2009, 05:53 PM   #108
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SSM1991 thanks for the post and pics, I searched everywhere to find a solution to this problem! Did the fix and no false indications! I used a plastic wire splice connector so I didn't have to strip the brown wire or use tape.

Me too - just did this. $2.00 for both wiretaps and the little female connectors at the Menards. Oh yeah 22 cents for a foot of 14AWG wire.

The taps are easy as you don't have to try to strip the brown wire. I think this DIY took 4 minutes, maybe 5.

I love this board!

Now I need to open a fixit shop where I will only charge $200 ( 1/2 dealers price!) to fix the light on BMWs.

For those PRE-FACELIFTERS that are posting here that they don't have the right tab, etc. I thought this was only a facelift issue (ie there are now 4 bulbs on the facelift instead of 3 on the older E46s yet they still just have one puny ground wire.

Am I wrong? Perhaps extra ground helps them too, but maybe they actually have a bulb that is going out or close to it, and needs to be changed.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:55 PM   #109
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Sorry to bump an old thread... but can I solder the wire to the location circled on the pic below? or would I have to try to find another ground?
Or, can I solder a tab to this location?
thanks in advance!!

Problem if you solder it is then every time you want to unclip the wiring harness, you've got a soldered wire going to the bulb carrier.........
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:09 AM   #110
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If it's not the brown wire (ground problem), another cause could be represented by the brake/stop switch above the brake pedal.

But does anyone know how to adjust it ?
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:02 AM   #111
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Thanks so much for posting the how-to information.

We began having this problem a couple of weeks ago. Found this thread Wednesday evening, picked up the items to fix it Thursday after work, and applied the fix this afternoon. So simple, easy, and effective!
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:15 PM   #112
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From what it sounds like, the dash light will let you know specifically which side of the car has a light out correct? Because if that is the case I must have a different problem because both of my dash lights light up at the same time intermitently. Any ideas, or does it not indicate which side specifically has a bulb out?


EDIT: nevermind guys after doing a little more reading it seems my license plate lights are out. sorry about that.

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Old 09-14-2009, 10:54 PM   #113
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Wish I had found this fix sooner

I just did this fix and the warning light went out. Much cheaper then replacing the light control unit (what the repair shop wanted to do) and I have a feeling the problem would not have gone away after them charging hundreds.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #114
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Sticky This! It took me months of off and on searching to find this DIY, and since this is such a common problem it seems like it should be a lot easier to find.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:18 PM   #115
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I followed the DIY and connect the brown wire to the metal tab. ALL BULBS are working fine and bright. BUT the car dash still shows bulb out in the rear passenger taillight ...... any trouble shooting option ? I drove it around for 1 day and it hasnt turned off yet
I had this problem too. It turns out that the tail light bulbs in my car had a dual-element and in one of the bulbs only one of the two elements was burnt out, so it still lit up but after looking closely you could tell that it wasn't as bright as the others. I replaced the half-burnt out bulb and the indicator on my dash went away.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:52 PM   #116
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Having the same problem, except in my case, the ground connector has actually melted, and the wire has separated from the housing. Since the ground wire is still intact, I was wondering if I could just go ahead and connect the brown (ground) wire directly to the ground point shown in the picture (ie skipping the step where a second wire is spliced into the original ground wire).
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:28 PM   #117
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Drivers brake light won't work!

i tried to ground quick with some thick a_s wire to one of the tail light mounting bolts to no result. does it have to be the board ground to work? i have no tab, it seams all of your lights work but idiot light just goes off. mine finally died and will this fix my issue as well? oh yeh, it is a 2002 325iT. the idiot light was on with all lights working and now it fails to light up on left side with pedal pressed!
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:13 PM   #118
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I have a similar prob but i for some reason i cant find part the part number for the melted connector. 2001 325ci. i searched but only found part # for sedan and the other part number didnt work.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:31 PM   #119
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #120
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I have this same problem, but mine looks different. Mine disconnects from the center, not the sides, I also don't have any tabs to attach to. Anybody help me out, I'm not very mechanical. I read I can attach to .... a ground screw? Any pics where I can find or do this. Both sides have lights on, but everything works. There is some melted pins, but doesn't look that bad.

Any help would really be appreciated.
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