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Old 07-05-2008, 03:43 AM   #41
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I don't have that little tab. Where can I ground it?
Take a multimeter and look for the strip that leads to the thick brown wire (ground).
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:32 PM   #42
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so I went to a shop today and they said that the 3 prong on my harness has melted to the receptacle on the taillight assembly, so do i do the DIY shown here for both lights or do i replace the assembly and harness and receptacle(how much for these???) and then do the DIY??? So lost please help me!!!
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:52 PM   #43
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i had a bulb warning when i got my car and i had a few people check my lights while i turned them on/off, pushed brakes, etc and said it was fine. so i took it to the dealer (honda dealer) where i got the car and they fixed it for free (since i had to get the car inspected and they "guaranteed" it would pass MD inspection) and gave me a sheet saying they replaced the tail light.

but maybe they replaced the harness. at least i know what to do if it happens again.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:03 AM   #44
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so I went to a shop today and they said that the 3 prong on my harness has melted to the receptacle on the taillight assembly, so do i do the DIY shown here for both lights or do i replace the assembly and harness and receptacle(how much for these???) and then do the DIY??? So lost please help me!!!
Do the DIY. If the problem isn't solved, you'll have to change the parts.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:32 AM   #45
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Great post! Should this be covered under a CPO warranty?
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:01 PM   #46
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oh man, glad I found this. My rear lights out indicator came on this morning and all my bulbs were good, so I didn't know what to do!


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Old 08-31-2008, 01:36 AM   #47
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Last time i remember, no E46 came with LED tail lights........
2004-up coupes and convertibles come with LED tail lights stock. and since his car is a convertible, his LED lights are definitely OEM since there are no aftermarket LED tails available for the convertible
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:12 AM   #48
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BTW- I have not tried this yet, but both sides of my rears show bulb out indicators. It just happened the other morning, but now they both come on any time I turn the lights on. Is there a common grounding point for the rear bulbs? It would seem mighty serendipitous for both sides to short at the same time.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:07 PM   #49
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Need help with tail-light indicator

2001 330xi. Just today, the tail-light indicator went on (showing fault in both lights). Of course both sides are functioning normally. How do I correct this problem?
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:22 PM   #50
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2001 330xi. Just today, the tail-light indicator went on (showing fault in both lights). Of course both sides are functioning normally. How do I correct this problem?
This is the same problem I have, I haven't done the ground wire fix yet because I don't have the tab. Any other possible problems that could be causing this?
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:02 PM   #51
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just wanted to bump this because its so awesome. all i ever found before was the bmw bulletin, and that looked to hard. i did this in 5 minutes and no more warning light.

now if only i could figure out how to disable drl without going to the dealer...
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:59 PM   #52
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This is the same problem I have, I haven't done the ground wire fix yet because I don't have the tab. Any other possible problems that could be causing this?
I have the same problem in my 2001 330ci. No tabs either. Mine has never done just one bulb...it's always both tails and they won't go out by hitting brakes, going reverse, etc... The do occasionally go on/off but it's at very strange times...like after 10 minutes of driving...but lately it's just always on.

I cleaned up the male part of the connector hoping that would do it but it didn't work. I haven't seen any signs of corrosion either. I haven't done the parallel wire fix yet because I don't have any wire on hand and I have a hard time believing it will work. I mean, the connection I'm going to make doesn't look nearly as good as the existing connector. I suspect a common connection to ground being the problem...maybe it's corroded. I wish I knew if/where those brown wires went...
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:35 PM   #53
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Thanks for posting that detailed solution.
I am out to the garage. This has been bothering me for months!
I appreciate it
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:05 PM   #54
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Smile thank you sir !

after 18 months of dash crazyness the indicators started to go wild so enough was enough. found your site and hey presto ! 5 mins later indicators working , no dash display, and about 100 better off . I cant thank you enough.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:05 PM   #55
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My 2001 330I sedan's tail light assembly doesn't have those tabs. What alternatives would you recommend?
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:29 PM   #56
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My 2001 330I sedan's tail light assembly doesn't have those tabs. What alternatives would you recommend?
Use a multimeter and set it to check for continuity. Take one of the meter's probes and touch the thick brown wire (exposed wire). At the same time, take the other probe and look for the corresponding ground strip on the back of the tail light assembly. Once you find the corresponding strip, solder a thick, insulated conductive wire to that strip and connect the other end of that wire to the thick brown wire. Do the same on the other tail light assembly and you're done.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:16 PM   #57
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Or ... visually check which metal strip goes to ALL bulbs -- that's the ground strip to connect the brown wire.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:35 PM   #58
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ok so i had this problem and did the ground fix ....now i just bought the eagle eye led's and dont know how to ground them since the led's dont have these tabs to plug a ground into it..... has anybody grounded their eagle eye led's after having the burnt out connector? where do i splice or connect the ground to?

this is urgent as i dont have working taillights until i can fix this(broke my old taillight removing it)
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:21 AM   #59
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figured it out i was just tired lol ... connection was loose .....ground was exactly as it should have been according to the pin #'s ....brown(car plug) to black (eagle eye connector)
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:56 PM   #60
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Just got done w/the DIY mentioned in previous threads after having problems for months w/both taillights. Took me about 30min to do both. Cost me about $2 for materials at Home Depot --Thanks!
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