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Old 01-19-2014, 02:28 PM   #441
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E46 Taillight Recall - fix it yourself

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I just went through this E46 recall process and after a few days decided that I can fix it myself for about $2. Get a short piece of high gauge wire, cut the brown wire near the connection, use a wire nut, drill a hole in the bulb carrier, connect the new ground with a sheet metal screw. It took about 10 minutes and worked perfectly. No hassles at all.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:29 PM   #442
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Can this recall affect the headlights flickering and turning on and off whenever they want?


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Old 01-19-2014, 02:54 PM   #443
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Tailgate stays on intermittently when car is off

To fhcrescent: Thank you for the tailgate fix suggestion. I don't know anything about what you suggested or how you did it. If I try to do something like that I would probably end up breaking something else. Was the recall process that hard for you? I haven't contacted my local dealer about the tailgate intermittently staying on after I turn off the car yet because of my busy schedule, but plan to when I have the time.
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:14 PM   #444
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Bringing this back from the dead again. Search does work. My right signal lights were flashing fast. I searched and found this thread. I pulled the tail light assembly out and noticed that the Brown ground wire was warm. I pulled the connector off and the ground connection was all Black and burned. I cleaned it up and added a short ground wire from the ground plane to a near by body bolt. Working fine. I should also note that the E36 cars had similar grounding issues. I wonder if they finally fixed them for the E90 series?
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:45 PM   #445
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Does this recall work for 2002 e46 330ci (coupe) or is it just the sedans (330i)?
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #446
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Old thread but I figured I'd chime in. I have an 06/01 330ci with this exact problem. Pulled the connector off and I can see that the ground has melted. It should clearly be covered by the recall.

Called BMW, "sorry, this is only for 09/01 and after. We will gladly fix it for you for a fee.

**** you Classic BMW.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:17 PM   #447
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Old thread but I figured I'd chime in. I have an 06/01 330ci with this exact problem. Pulled the connector off and I can see that the ground has melted. It should clearly be covered by the recall.

Called BMW, "sorry, this is only for 09/01 and after. We will gladly fix it for you for a fee.

**** you Classic BMW.
Man that sucks. Luckily its an easy job, just cut the ground and reground it with a thicker wire.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:13 PM   #448
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Man that sucks. Luckily its an easy job, just cut the ground and reground it with a thicker wire.
yep, already done. didnt cost me a dime. Seems to have fixed my flickering headlights too
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:59 PM   #449
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Huh. I got a recall notice for that a few years back. Of course after I had already fixed it myself. Took it in anyway. Got me away from our dealership for a half day.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:43 PM   #450
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Sorry to bump this thread, but I just got the warning light on my driver side light. I look at the harness and the hole where the ground cable is had melted, and the ground wire metal contact can now touch the contact of the wire next to it at any time. I'm pretty sure this is a big nono.

I was just going to add the second ground wire like in the DIY, but this melted harness would still be an issue correct? If I take it to BMW will they replace the entire harness?

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Old 05-04-2015, 09:59 AM   #451
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Whatever you do make sure that the Brown ground wire doesn't touch any other color wire that might have had the insulation melted off. Wrap it with good quality electrical tape. Then put in the extra wire. If you aren't sure, take it to an Indy repair place, they would do it for a few dollars. Not a big repair.
You are correct, dealer will want to put in a new harness at big bucks.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:46 AM   #452
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If it's covered under the recall the parts and labor should be at no cost at the dealer. If it is the same failure.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:56 AM   #453
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I doubt that BMW will do a recall on a 13 year old vehicle? Maybe worth a try?
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:33 AM   #454
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Whatever you do make sure that the Brown ground wire doesn't touch any other color wire that might have had the insulation melted off. Wrap it with good quality electrical tape. Then put in the extra wire. If you aren't sure, take it to an Indy repair place, they would do it for a few dollars. Not a big repair.
You are correct, dealer will want to put in a new harness at big bucks.
Well I was asking if that's what they do under the recall service, replace the entire wire harness.

Of course they will fix a 13 year old car, that's what the recall is for. Made an appointment, hopefully my euro style tail lights don't interfere with the service.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:32 PM   #455
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It's a safety issue. Safety issues are typically covered for the lifetime of the vehicle.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:54 PM   #456
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Yes. you need to give the last 7 digits on your VIN to verify this. But right now there is a recall on the TAIL lights and passenger side AIRBAG
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #457
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If i wanted to use my EE led tails, how would i go about grounding the wire? The EE light holder does not have any metal to ground to. Would i be okay connecting the ground back to the original plug and adding a longer wire?
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:28 AM   #458
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Pull over so many times over this dull taaillight thank god

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