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Old 02-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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Eagle Eye problem Solved

I received my new Eagle Eye Led tail lights the other day and went to install them this morning. after bolting everything up and connecting the harness I fired up the car and...NOTHING I recheck everything and it all looks good still nothing! The interior trunk lights worked but not the brake lights or signals and I had bulb out warnings for both sides on my dash.

So I give it some thought and am wondering if maybe I got a dud set or if the resistors are bad or what. So after some searching not finding anyone who had the same problem (Usually its a row of leds or one side dies) I had an idea I had done the ground fix to my factory tails and grounded it off my bulb carrier housing. So I mustered up the balls to cut the two black wires on the Eagle Eye wiring harness and splicing it onto a new ground bypassing the factory wiring harness and SUCCESS

I was very hesitant to start cutting up the Eagle Eye wires as I knew I wouldn't be able to exchange them if it turned out to be something else.

Anyways hopefully this may be able to help someone in the future.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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OP, which wires did you cut and where did you ground? Pics?
I am having issues with my EE tails, sometimes the turn signal indicators just won't work so would like to try the grounding fix first.
I just don't want to cut it open again like I did when I had to fix the LEDs in it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:15 PM   #4
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OP, which wires did you cut and where did you ground? Pics?
I am having issues with my EE tails, sometimes the turn signal indicators just won't work so would like to try the grounding fix first.
I just don't want to cut it open again like I did when I had to fix the LEDs in it.
On the wiring harness where it connects to the car find the brown ground wire(on the car side of the harness) I believe it is pin #6 (top row has 4 pins and bottom has 3; the middle one on the bottom row is the ground. Cut that wire closest to harness then strip the end of the wire 1/4 inch. Then on the Eagle Eye harness the corresponding grounds(2) are the black wires that would match up to the cars brown ground. Again cut those close to the harness and strip the ends. From here I used a marrette to splice the three together then simply grounded off the low bolt holding the light assembly to the body.

This solved my issues hopefully it'll work for you too. I did this without taking them off my car although it probably woulve been easier with them removed just because of space. I'm on my phone so I can't do pics right now.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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Mine smell like burning plastic. Someone please help
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #6
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Mine smell like burning plastic. Someone please help
Read the thread on the tail light ground fix and check your wiring harness and see if the pin for the ground is showing signs of arcing. Often because it cannot handle the load the wiring harness connector starts to melt.
See the pic in this thread http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...lights+working
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
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I swear pics would made this process so much easier for me. Im more of a visual person.

So basically, I would need to cut the brown wire on the stock harness, splice it, cut the 2 black wires on the LED tail lights harness, splice them both. Then you would twist and turn and electric tape it and good to go?
And of course, have the 2 harnesses together at the end.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:39 PM   #8
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I swear pics would made this process so much easier for me. Im more of a visual person.

So basically, I would need to cut the brown wire on the stock harness, splice it, cut the 2 black wires on the LED tail lights harness, splice them both. Then you would twist and turn and electric tape it and good to go?
And of course, have the 2 harnesses together at the end.
Yes remove the two black wires at the harness strip a 1/4 inch and twist together. Then remove the brown from the other side and strip a 1/4 inch connect the two blacks to the brown I used a Marrette as it's more secure but you could use tape... Then connect the harness and test. Should solve the problem as it did for me. Good luck
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:45 PM   #9
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Remove? Or cut? Because I'd like for it to be reversible
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:54 AM   #10
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My reverse light went out and I had to ground it so some screw on the trunk... So you think maybe the wires are geting hot and melting them a bit? Is that dangerous/ maybe can cause a car fire? I'm not ready to give my car up yet. Smells like burning plastic by the eagle eyes (if you didn't read the comment before)

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:54 AM   #11
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I've been told that reverse and license plate lights give a bulb out error?

That should be it. I think my license plate bulbs are out.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:36 AM   #12
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thank you so much for your post about this OP. i received mine in mail today and plugged in the connector and nothing. did exactly what you said and presto! thought i had ordered a faulty set at first....
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:46 AM   #13
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No problem glad it helped someone I thought the same thing when I recieved mine!
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:34 PM   #14
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Old thread revival I know... I recently had this same issue though. I tapped the brown ground wire into only one black ground wire and the lights aren't fully working. I have a reverse and brake light, but nothing lights up when I let off brake so you think I need to tap into TWO black grounds?...
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #15
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Any pics?
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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Any pics?
Bump! any pics from anyone on this DIY?
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