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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:00 PM
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Passenger side brake light

I having a problem with my brake light. When I turn the bulb holder all the way and it clicks in it goes out. If I dont turn the holder fully the light works .Ive tried different bulb holders. Could it be the part that the bulb holders twist into.??? Anyone with a similar problem? All replies apppreciated.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:23 PM
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are you referring to the middle brake light?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:24 PM
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Third stop lamp?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:51 PM
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You will need to get in there with a flashlight and look at the tail light more closely. Are you absolutely positive you have the correct bulb? If bulb holders from the other side don't help, then the tail light mating surface maybe messed up. You might be able to fix it up, but you may also need to replace the tail light assembly. Factory tail lights are not cheap...
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I have access to a pair of tail[ghts.Also it is not the third brakelight.Thought someone may have had a similar situation. Thanks
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Did you try swapping the backup light to the brake light position?
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:44 PM
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I didnt really have time to diagnose yet. Athough I did switch some bulbs and sockets from the drivers side. I believe its the housing. Ill check real oem.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:24 AM
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Problem solved,The brake light housing had a bad socket connection,the metal was bent making for a bad connection. .Switched it out with another housing .All works fine now.
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