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Old 01-19-2014, 03:28 PM   #441
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E46 Taillight Recall - fix it yourself

I just went through this E46 recall process and after a few days decided that I can fix it myself for about $2. Get a short piece of high gauge wire, cut the brown wire near the connection, use a wire nut, drill a hole in the bulb carrier, connect the new ground with a sheet metal screw. It took about 10 minutes and worked perfectly. No hassles at all.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:29 PM   #442
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Can this recall affect the headlights flickering and turning on and off whenever they want?

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:54 PM   #443
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Tailgate stays on intermittently when car is off

To fhcrescent: Thank you for the tailgate fix suggestion. I don't know anything about what you suggested or how you did it. If I try to do something like that I would probably end up breaking something else. Was the recall process that hard for you? I haven't contacted my local dealer about the tailgate intermittently staying on after I turn off the car yet because of my busy schedule, but plan to when I have the time.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:14 PM   #444
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Bringing this back from the dead again. Search does work. My right signal lights were flashing fast. I searched and found this thread. I pulled the tail light assembly out and noticed that the Brown ground wire was warm. I pulled the connector off and the ground connection was all Black and burned. I cleaned it up and added a short ground wire from the ground plane to a near by body bolt. Working fine. I should also note that the E36 cars had similar grounding issues. I wonder if they finally fixed them for the E90 series?
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #445
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Does this recall work for 2002 e46 330ci (coupe) or is it just the sedans (330i)?
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