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Old 11-29-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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Question Tail light problem

I'm hoping someone here can help me. I have a 2002 330I and the tail lights have been acting peculiar. The drivers side keeps going dim as if there is a poor connection some where. I suspect maybe an oxidized contact or something. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-29-2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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Try wiggling the bulbs out then back in to clean the contacts.
This happened several times on my car when it was new though.
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:48 AM   #3
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Hmm... I think I found the problem. When I pulled the connector off the tail light assembly I noticed that one of the wires had melted the plastic around it. I read an earlier post that said something about grounding the wire somewhere else. Is it always the ground wire that does this? If so, is there a recomended place to relocate that wire?
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:45 PM   #4
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:41 PM   #5
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I noticed the same thing but mine gives a "replace bulb light' with passenger side rear tail light.

Funny thing is that it goes away when I apply brake then returns as soon as I release it. No bad connection or anything from checking it.

BTW, it started doing that after I installed oem alarm kit. Any help would be appreciated...
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:39 PM   #6
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I'm with slique in that the tail light wire harness has been melted surrounding the ground wire. It now shorts with its neightbors and random times and leaves me without any rear lights.

My local dealership is not all that helpful so far. I need the plastic peice that has 2 rows of 4 pins each. Thier system tells me I need part # 61138369702 which is a flat 6 pin connector. They had that in stock and it was obviously wrong so they guessed and ordered # 61138369712 which is also a 6 pin harness.

Anyone have any idea of the part number for the 8 pin harness?
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:44 AM   #7
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I need the same thing.....mine is melted....it gave me the warning light on....
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:44 PM   #8
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These pretty much sum up a lot of the info on the board

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=472357

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=418836

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=425784
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:03 PM   #9
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I've had problems with my wife's car since it was new. Tried replacing the bulbs but none were burnt out. Finally noticed after removing the wiring harness that one of the connectors was melted. Replaced the entire unit light bulb socket unit. Now months later the other tail light is also melted inside the connector. Purchased another socket assembly including new connectors. Anybody out there fixed the problem to final resolution?
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