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Old 08-30-2011, 12:41 AM   #1
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Bulb Carrier not making contact for trunk lights - anyone else?

Our bulb carrier for the taillights double as the trunk lights when its open as we know, what bothers me is that I need to constantly reapply pressure to it in order to make contact to keep the lights on. Anybody else have an issue with this? Is there anything that can be done?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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I have the same problem with my driver's side one, passenger is fine. Let me know what you find to fix, as I've never really tried to address this. If I kinda push on it, it will work temporarily, but eventually come loose.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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I have this problem w/ pass side trunk light...not sure what the contact problem is...but for mine,...all's I havta do, when I open the trunk is tap the light lightly,..then light comes on...annoying, but been too but to bend over & look inside to see whazzup....
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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Yeah its just not making contact like it should be. I wish they had some kind of screw in method that would have it firmly seated where it should be. Would that have been so hard, bmw?
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:32 AM   #5
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Just bend the contacts out a bit (carefully!!). Did it 6 months ago, still both lights OK.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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Same problem (on both sides). I simply bang on the cover until the light goes on.

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:05 AM   #7
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I have the same issue... Every time I open the trunk the lights aren't on.. I just tap them and they turn right on.. Pretty annoying, but I haven't figured out any way to fix it.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:17 PM   #8
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Have the same issue on the drivers side. I took my car to a dent removal place to get a small ding out of the side of the car. They ended up going in through the rear light on the drivers side with their rods. When they put the light back in they didnt have it seated just properly so the inner light would connect right and would kind of pop out. The only way to get the light on was to hold it in. Then I realized what the problem was and fixed it. However the next time into the trunck the light would not come on so I tapped it and it came on. I think I also messed with bending the metal contact out. probably still have to adjust it a little more for it to work perfectly.

Anyway, here is some food for thought and what to look for for the guy up there saying he has to hold it in......
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:27 AM   #9
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Cover it with a subwoofer!! lol http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...936&highlight=

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #10
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It's kind of funny that until I saw this thread, I didn't really think of it as a problem. I have the same issue, but only with my passenger side trunk light. One day, it stopped working and I thought it was broken, so I pressed on it and it came back on. It probably stops working whenever I throw my briefcase or gym bag in the trunk and it hits the trunk light. For such an expensive car, this is a really weird design flaw. I bet a Honda Fit has trunk lights that don't randomly turn off.
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Just ran across this on the front page, there is a recall, not sure if it is the same thing, but worth takeing a look, http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=867564
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Just ran across this on the front page, there is a recall, not sure if it is the same thing, but worth takeing a look, http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=867564
It's not the same thing.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #13
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It's not the same thing.
Yeah its not, but thanks for trying. My friend actually just tweaked the metal contact patch on the carrier back plate. Now when it gets snapped in it makes continuous contact. Problem solved a few months ago, haven't had a problem since.
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Both of my trunk lights, I realize, have quit working in the past couple of weeks sometime. Haven't done anything but drive my recently-acquired vehicle. Time to start investigating...
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i took mind out and cleaned the metal where it makes contact, over there years a bit of oxidation has occured, so that helped. Also, i bent the metal a little bit that way it is pushing harder against the contact area.
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