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Old 09-29-2009, 12:30 AM   #121
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Just finished this fix--after almost a YEAR of frustration!! ---less than $10.00 THANKS A MILLION !!!!!!
...ps-I'm a woman totally respectful of electricity and any repairs/installations involing such(I turn off all the power to the house when installing light fixtures, etc. lol) ---if I can do this, anyone can !!
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:27 AM   #122
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SSM 1991 - This is totally awsome!! I am amazed at this solution fo rmy exact problem... Stealership in San Franciso wanted $433 to be exact to replace my rt brake light tail end carrier. I am very gratefull and thank you for taking the time to share your skill and experties. Fantastic solution...
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:12 PM   #123
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Genius. I bought this car used and the flasher had been acting up since day 1. While inspecting the rear assembly I noticed the brown cable connector had melted and some weird stuff was going on. After replacing the assembly with a (free) replacement from a fellow forum member, it works great right now but I have a feeling it's going to do the same thing again. I would have never thought BMW would have made a stupid mistake like underrating the connector, so I had no clue it was a simple grounding issue. Going to fix this first thing next weekend
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:47 PM   #124
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I just removed my tail light assembly, and the little tab that's circled in the picture is not there. Where would I run the extra ground wire to? Infact, there aren't any tabs at all where I can connect it to. Anyone else run into this? Or am I by myself? Any advice where I can connect the extra ground wire to? A little help would be great. Thanks guys.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:56 PM   #125
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A lot of guys have PM'd me to ask where to connect the ground wire if you don't have the tab (i.e. some pre-facelift models).

You can wrap 2-3 turns of the ground wire around the spot circled below, then wrap with electrical tape. Note that that point is part of the metal strip that goes to all bulbs.

This is my tail light right here, but wrapping it around? How? There's no space under it unless I bend the metal or break the plastic under it. Is that what I will have to do?
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:33 PM   #126
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Done. Lights work, warnings are off. Lets hope they stick. I bent the metal a little where it's circled. Hopefully that wasn't somethin' stupid to do... but it seemed to work fine. Awesome write up. A little confusing without the tabs.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:30 PM   #127
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Great write-up! Worked like a charm.....headlights no longer flicker!
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:36 PM   #128
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Does anyone know if this metal surface can be soldered? I would like to solder a male piece here so that I can disconnect the wire easily, but I need to borrow a soldering gun to do it.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #129
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Do whatever you have to do to make that wire securely connected with the circled metal run. To confirm, the run of metal that goes to all the bulb bases, that is the ground to connect the specified wire to.

Most of us haven't tried soldering because we have a tab. Others make the connection in another way. As long as the wire is solidly connected, you shouldn't have any problems.

Now, I have to unsubscribe from this DIY. Most of the time it is just a "GREAT DIY" comment
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:46 AM   #130
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I found out that solder will not adhere to this metal. I ended up doing what someone else did and bent that piece of metal enough to wrap a bare wire around it twice and then used electrical tape to secure it. This, while crude did in fact fix my headlight flicker. Thanks once again, e46fanatics.com!
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:55 PM   #131
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Great post ssm1991. It fixed my problem.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:08 AM   #132
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Will this pigtail ground repair cover "all" rear lights (each side seperate ground repair) brake/signal etc ?
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:32 PM   #133
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Will this pigtail ground repair cover "all" rear lights (each side seperate ground repair) brake/signal etc ?
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Yes, you will have to do this once in each tail light.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:14 AM   #134
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Can you tell me where the ground bolt is located that you wired your new connection to?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:35 AM   #135
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Small modification for 2001 325i

This fix worked perfectly! But you'll notice on the 2001 325i there's no tab to connect the supplementary ground connection. However, I was able to simply twist the wire around a ground socket. No problems...
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:49 AM   #136
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Is a tap splice ok to use instead of stripping the wire?
http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/...ce-601374.aspx
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:23 PM   #137
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Is a tap splice ok to use instead of stripping the wire?
http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/...ce-601374.aspx
That is what I did and it works great.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:29 AM   #138
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thanks! just fixed the problematic bulb today (interestingly the left rear went out...it seems most people have the issue with the right rear) and it works like a charm.

also, my connector was melted a bit but i taped the part of the wire coming out of the back of the connector up onto the plastic to keep it in place.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:42 PM   #139
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Exclamation Big Tail Light Problems

Hey guys, first I must say, you all are the best. I've learned alot. Anyway I have big problems. Tail light prongs (the area where you plug the BMW socket into the tail ligt) is corroded. That means the entire back light assembly is no good. I purchased this light to fix a prior problem, now that I know this is a defect, I will need to buy another tail light. Can I replace the insert area on the actual tail light lamp? Secondly, I removed the lamp onlyt to find I don't have the specified area to ground the electrical extension. I saw the photos posted for the repair, what year make and model is the car tail light in the photo? I have a 2003 525i. Well, I will be buying a new tail light hopefully this will be the last one. Lastly, the comb connectors and housing, the wire running from the car, is corroded. This sucks. Seems to be big problems for me.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:50 PM   #140
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The search function works pretty good here. Thanks to the OP and others who added info to this post. I was able to fix my daughter's 01 325i blinking headlights. Who would have thought it was due to a bad ground in the tail light.
Her car didn't have the tab. We found the ground (all 3 bulbls share the same ground, just follow it around or use a multimeter to find it) and drilled a small hole in the ground. The we used a round connector and screwed it into the hole with a #4 self tapping screw we got from Lowes. Works great ! thanks.
By the way, there are two grounds on the circuit. One for the 3 bulbs and one for the light that illuminates the trunk when the deck lid is open. Just make sure you attach the jumper wire to the one for the 3 bulbs or the "fix" will not work. It won't hurt anything to attach it to the other ground, it just won't fix the problem.
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