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Old 12-15-2014, 02:56 PM   #1
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new electrical question


The remote key fob I have with my 2001 325ci does not work well. I know it needs to be replaced, but am having to fix other issues before I plunk down $180 at the stealership for a new one. I'm not able to lock or unlock car with it.

I have noticed that if the door is not locked, the rear license plate light remains on. Is this supposed to stay on? Once I lock the door, the light goes off.

Would be good to know if this was supposed to happen.

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Old 12-15-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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No idea about the license plate light, sounds odd.

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Old 12-15-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Rootercycles View Post
I have noticed that if the door is not locked, the rear license plate light remains on. Is this supposed to stay on? Once I lock the door, the light goes off.

I don't know much about cars but I surely can tell you that's not normal...

In the 101% of the cars I've owned/ driven the license plate lights go on and off with the parking lights.

The only thing I can think of is that, in some way the license plate lights are connected or making a short with some part of the interior room lights of your car (that are supposed to remain on for a while and dim off when you lock the car)
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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The license plate light issue could be a wiring or GM5 problem. Pull the fuse for it and see if it goes out. It should be in the same circuit as the tail lights.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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Send the key to Scotty GM5 website and get it repaired.
Check the wiring going to the trunklid they can be shorting at the elephant trunk.
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