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Old 07-29-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Trunk lights????????

This may be silly but it drives me nuts. 04 330ci trunks lights do not come on when the trunk is open. If I press on the panel they will light up individually. It feels like they are supposed to be pressed to make contact with the contacts I've took the panel off a dozen times in vain. Nothing appears to be broken. I would love for them to come on when you open the trunk. It's sucks using one hand to turn on the light and the other for the task at hand.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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Update: The contacts for the lights were indeed broken after a tear down. Both sides had hairline cracks. Which baffled me? I really don't understand how that affected the operation. Both sides had continuity. In the end I replaced the contacts and now they work as designed.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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Thought I had this problem fixed but it returned. After a lot of wire checking I found it was shorted to ground again. I took the trunk lining off. The carpeted section and this is what I found.


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This also explains why my trunk would randomly unlatch on its own. ESP being that this is the wiring connector for the lock solenoid.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for the post. I have the same problem, but haven't got around to diagnosing it yet. Now I know where to look.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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NP. Hope it helps
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