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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:03 AM
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Brake lights

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My brake lights do not work but the one in the middle or the third light still works.

I did some research but it seems everything I find is either someone who installed aftermarket tails or did something to cause their problems. But from what I gather it is most likely the brake light switch. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. Thanks all and good day.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:54 PM
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If one of the three works, it is most likely the wiring bundle going into the trunk. Slit it open carefully and patch the broken and frayed wires.

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Did this come about suddenly, or do you suspect it has been this way for a long time? If your car has the check control feature, have you been getting any fault messages? And since your 3rd brake light works, I don't think it's your brake light switch.

Of course, the first thing to do is check all of the connections (harness plug into each taillight, and each bulb socket).
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This was sudden. And I figured it couldn't be the switch cause the third light worked. All the lights work it is only when you use the brake that the second filaments aren't working. I have tooken it apart and things look ok but I will go through if again. I have not looked at the wiring but bulbs and fuses are good.

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