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Old 08-16-2005, 07:02 PM
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tail light burned out, literally

I recently purchased a 95 525i with 112K on the odometer. I received a tail light warning this evening on the dash and checked it out at home. The socket where the bulb locks in was slightly melted - I couldn't tell whether it was fresh or not. Anybody had this happen?

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Old 08-27-2005, 09:37 PM
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You used the 1157 bulb it sounds like. You must use the European lamps in the E34 taillight assemblies, they're VERY sensitive to heat, and the 1157 bulbs are too hot for them. If you want the correct ones, head to the dealer and get a correct set, they aren't too expensive there. These are the part numbers for Sylvania bulbs available at Autozone.

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Low beam headlamp
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Parking light
7528

Front turn signal
7528

Rear turn signal
7506
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5008

Stop light
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6418

Back up light
7506
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Front sidemarker
2825

Dome light
6451

Trunk/Cargo area
6411

Under hood light
6411

Instrument-general
2721
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:56 AM
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I`ve just had my light burn out too, replaced it with the correct bulb, but it still doesn`t work.
It also has some melted like plastic around the holder.
Also I unhooked my other taillight to see if it was melted too but now that one doesn`t work either.

My reverse and flashers/turning signals work fine.

I unplugged the connector so I'm wondering if that may be the problem,

Do I need to reset the computer with a handheld diagnostic tool or something?

Thank you!

Last edited by Kolegra; 01-04-2013 at 10:01 AM. Reason: more information
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:49 PM
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prob the bulb may be wrong wattage, then also look around were wires go into plug incase there now wearing thin from the melting
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:14 AM
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The other place to look for a problem is where the wiring runs through the trunklid arm. Often the opening and closing of the trunk over the years can cause wires to break where they have been bending.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:14 AM
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Thank you for all the advice!

I managed to find the problem.
Apparently the slight melting of the taillight rigging put the connectors out of place.
Don't turn the bulb holder ALL the way, just almost all the way.
Make sure they connect.
I`m just glad that I didn`t have to pay for a new taillight.

Thanks once again and please close this issue.
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