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Old 04-20-2012, 05:36 PM
sidib sidib is offline
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tail light

My passenger tail light off is showing on my dash board. i went to the dealer and purchase a new bulb - i changed it but the light on the dash is still on and its not comming on when i hit the break.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:17 AM
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My passenger tail light off is showing on my dash board. i went to the dealer and purchase a new bulb - i changed it but the light on the dash is still on and its not comming on when i hit the break.
Any help please?
Clean the contact area with fine sand-paper. Some corosion on mine until I sand-paper the contact and put a good silver-tin solder over it. The bulbs were actually OK on mine when I got the warning.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:08 PM
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YEA happens to me toooo my bulbs are new im going to clean my contacts
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:01 AM
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My contacts were so corroded, they were actually rotted. Replaced both lenses, which house the contacts, and have been good ever since. Check the contacts inside the housing.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:05 PM
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Most BMWs have that flaw.. I cant understand why BMW has that part made from such cheap material...
I actually tried to repair the burned contact areas in the housing. Removed the lens assembly (easy - just 3 nuts)
Cleaned the burnt contact area well with sand paper to bare metal (it is very close to be corroded through) , melted a blob of solder there and finished back to flat with sand paper... works for now...
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:13 PM
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Most BMWs have that flaw.. I cant understand why BMW has that part made from such cheap material...
I actually tried to repair the burned contact areas in the housing. Removed the lens assembly (easy - just 3 nuts)
Cleaned the burnt contact area well with sand paper to bare metal (it is very close to be corroded through) , melted a blob of solder there and finished back to flat with sand paper... works for now...
It's actually not the cheap materials BMW used, it's just a bad design, IMHO. If the connectors don't make "proper" contact, you're going to get electrical sparks, which will eat up the materials. You can "band-aid" this by adding solder to either the light housing contact or the socket contact or both to force "proper" contacts. I did this repair 6 years ago and never had an issue since. This is one place where they should just run wires to the bulb socket like everyone else instead of getting "cute" with the design.

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:04 AM
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I was so tired of them, so I replaced them with LED taillights. Problem solved!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:42 AM
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I was looking at at replacing with LED but solder fix was so much cheaper... (and I don't care so much for LED looks as I never see them ) )
What I called cheap material is galvanized sheet metal.... which not only is rough and porous but also not well matched electrically with bulb contact material so it is naturally going to corrode.. and if these pieces of crappy petal were replaceable.... What I am puzzled with that the same metal contacts are used for close to 30 years.... I had the same problem in my '85 E28
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