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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 07-12-2014, 12:06 PM
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All turn signals stay lit when headlights are on?!?!

If anyone has a solution PLEASE help!!! It's not the bulbs, I wasted 40 bucks on all new bulbs. I had bought new tail lights and front corner lights then this started happening. It's works fine when headlights are off. PLEASE HELP BEFORE I GET A TICKET FOR THIS!!!! lol


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Old 07-12-2014, 01:05 PM
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Do your turn signals come on when as soon as the parking lights are on?

Which turn signals come on?

what model, year, month and market is the car?
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:16 PM
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Do you mean weakly half lit like this, because they should do that?Click image for larger version

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Old 07-12-2014, 01:21 PM
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No like fully lit. It never did it before, when the headlights are on the blinkers will not flash no matter what, it stays solid. It also says on the dash that they are solidly lit, idk if that means anything..


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Old 07-12-2014, 01:23 PM
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I have a 1998 328i. All 4 turn signal lights work PERFECTLY when headlights are off, but as soon as I turn them on, all four light up solid and aren't usable. It's so annoying


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Old 07-12-2014, 01:54 PM
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Do your turn signals come on as soon as the parking lights are on?
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:08 PM
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Are you SURE you bought the right bulbs?
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:31 PM
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I think if you did a video it could help us help you?
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:32 PM
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Yes it turns on when the parking lights go on, and alright I'll make a video as fast as I can. And yeah I made sure I got the right bulbs, I got the factory ones


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Old 07-12-2014, 05:48 PM
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Here's the video, hope this helps!
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:33 PM
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You've got the parking light circuit shorted to the turn signal circuit somehow. I'd start looking at the wiring harness that passes through the rear fire wall of the passenger compartment going to the trunk. It's a known area for wire shorting. Sr. Ken also recommends double checking that you've got the correct bulbs, that they're in the correct location and the double filament bulbs are oriented correctly. If you've still got your old tail lights connect them back in temporarily and see if the problem goes away. That will at least help you isolate whether its from your new front lights or the new rear lights.

Also, does you car have the check control or OBC? This thread might shed some light also.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:16 PM
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Yeah, I suppose that would make sense, but for one wire shortage to cause all blinkers to malfunction like that seems weird. I'll try connecting my old tail lights to see if it works. If so, does that mean I wasted my money on these lights or is it fixable?

And no, all those lights are always on until the car is actually on. It's always done that sense I first bought it, but I scanned it and there were no codes.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:27 AM
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Yeah, I suppose that would make sense, but for one wire shortage to cause all blinkers to malfunction like that seems weird. I'll try connecting my old tail lights to see if it works. If so, does that mean I wasted my money on these lights or is it fixable?

And no, all those lights are always on until the car is actually on. It's always done that sense I first bought it, but I scanned it and there were no codes.
Let's wait and see what the real issue is first before worrying about salvaging the tail lights....
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:52 PM
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I know! I haven't had the time to try yet but I will tomorrow and let you know
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