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Old 08-31-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Intermittent Bulb out

I'm aware of a lot of "bulb out" warnings in the e46 and that you should check the grounds. I checked all grounds but still have a bulb out on my dash sometimes. I can stand at the trunk, remove the bulb carrier, and watch the bulb come on and then fade out. When I touch it, it usually comes on. It makes me think the connection between bulb and carrier are bad. When I removed the bulb, I found a dent in the bottom with a nipple in the carrier piece. Strange or normal?

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Old 08-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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Pull that small plate on the bottom up so it presses more firmly against the contacts on the bottom of the bulb. I have to ask though, how come you have a single contact on the bottom of the socket, and a dual contact on the bottom of the bulb? This tells me you have the wrong bulb or the wrong socket.
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That bulb and that socket do not belong together.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Pull that small plate on the bottom up so it presses more firmly against the contacts on the bottom of the bulb. I have to ask though, how come you have a single contact on the bottom of the socket, and a dual contact on the bottom of the bulb? This tells me you have the wrong bulb or the wrong socket.
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That bulb and that socket do not belong together.
That makes sense. I just assumed since it had been in there so long that it was correct. Guess I will be getting some new ones! Thank you for the help.

EDIT: According to RealOEM, that is the correct bulb style. I think there is something wrong with the carrier contact.
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If the bulb belongs in that location, then the holder is wrong. Look at the same bulb on the other side and compare. The bulb you took a picture of is a dual filament type, but the lamp holder only has the ability to light one filament.
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If the bulb belongs in that location, then the holder is wrong. Look at the same bulb on the other side and compare. The bulb you took a picture of is a dual filament type, but the lamp holder only has the ability to light one filament.
What you're saying makes sense but why is it just behaving this way now? I have had the car for a year and a half and have never had an issue with it?
At first I thought the "bulge" was some sort of defect created by the electricity but... the other side is the same!
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