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Old 10-11-2011, 03:45 PM
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Plate Light Needs Light Module $310.00???

I picked up my car from my indy today. While they had the car, I had asked them to fix the license plate light that was out. They came back to me and said they tried putting a new bulb in it but they discovered that it's not the bulb but a light module that costs $310.00.

I told them that's okay, I'll live without it. Are they telling me the truth? Does such a "light module" really cost that much money? I can't foresee myself paying that kind of money just to fix a license plate light. I hate that stupid service notice that comes up on the dash though whenever I have the headlights on.

Is there a cheaper way to fix this problem than $310.00?

Also, in order to fix my A/C, they told me I need an A/C fan clutch and an aux fan clutch which will run me $800.00. That also seems astronomically too high! What is a reasonable amount to pay for that?

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Old 10-11-2011, 04:03 PM
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I have the same problem wit my 94 325 license plate light I replaced it wit new bulb n still doesn't work I have not had time to diagnose why it's still not working so if u find out I'll appreciate it if u let me know
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:15 PM
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Regarding the light, take a look at the wiring loom along the hinge of the trunk on the left side. You will have to open up the protective covering. These wires are known to become worn/frayed and can cause this type of fault.

Not sure on the A/C

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:53 PM
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Thanx for the info I will do so tomorrow along wit other things on my e36 list lol.. One more question my a/c will freeze ur balls off but my heater will also freeze em off in the winter lol in other words my heater don't heat it just feels like the outside air!?. Could it be my blower motor or what blend door getting stuck maybe? Any ideas??
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:41 PM
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Thanx for the info I will do so tomorrow along wit other things on my e36 list lol.. One more question my a/c will freeze ur balls off but my heater will also freeze em off in the winter lol in other words my heater don't heat it just feels like the outside air!?. Could it be my blower motor or what blend door getting stuck maybe? Any ideas??
Just realized you have the E36. It should be the same issue and fix though. If you are not already on the E36 forum, here is the link:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=97

Lots of great info there. But, since you posted here, please let us know if you get it solved and how.

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Old 10-11-2011, 05:44 PM
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Lol yea I'm on e36 forum I just seen the title of the subject n I have the same problem so thought I would ask n u came thru wit the good info thanx
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:55 PM
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Thanks for hijacking the thread, guy!
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:27 AM
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I picked up my car from my indy today. While they had the car, I had asked them to fix the license plate light that was out. They came back to me and said they tried putting a new bulb in it but they discovered that it's not the bulb but a light module that costs $310.00.

I told them that's okay, I'll live without it. Are they telling me the truth? Does such a "light module" really cost that much money? I can't foresee myself paying that kind of money just to fix a license plate light. I hate that stupid service notice that comes up on the dash though whenever I have the headlights on.

Is there a cheaper way to fix this problem than $310.00?

Also, in order to fix my A/C, they told me I need an A/C fan clutch and an aux fan clutch which will run me $800.00. That also seems astronomically too high! What is a reasonable amount to pay for that?
I would test the wire going to the lamp for 12 v. If its there ,the socket needs to be sanded and cleaned. If you still want a LKM module. i have a spare for $10 +shipping. I doubt it the module thats bad. I have yet to see one fail on e34. The quotes on the parts are way out of line. There is no such thing as a AUX fan clutch or ACfan clucth. There is a aux fan that rarely fail. There is a AC compressor clucth on the compresser that rarely if ever fails. Proably just a bad relay ,switch ,or fuse. I would avoid that shop like the plague.

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Old 10-13-2011, 10:42 AM
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"I hate that stupid service notice that comes up on the dash though whenever I have the headlights on. " The Check control senses Resistance in the circuits .if the lamp is incorrect it will catch it. If a side marker gos out or is wrong check control will say it the license plate lt. it not exactly correct all the time. best to use OE nickle base lamps not copper base. Important to use correct wattage lamps or socket damage will occur. check wire bundle at inside left trunk hinge, rear lighting wires get damaged there some how.

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Old 10-16-2011, 01:34 PM
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Before wasting money on a module check the wiring in the harness along the trunk hinge. It is prone to wires breaking, shorting, etc.
If you need a LKM used ones are cheap, I have several.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:22 PM
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If all else fails, just splice it into the running lights save you about $309.00
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