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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 06-15-2007, 04:36 PM
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I ordered my new taillights, clear corners and side markers. Got them today.

Can't find replacement turn signal bulbs anywhere locally. I neet amber ones now.

On top of that, I lost a screw for my taillights.
Worst of all, my new side markers won't work at all.
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:02 PM
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Wow not fun.

How the heck can you not find replacement bulbs?? They're not all that weird of a size. Your lights will stay in fine with only 3, do the top two and bottom outboard screws. But, just take one of the screws down to a local hardware store and ask them to match the thread pitch and diameter and length, they should be able to get you something that'll work.

Check your fuses for the side markers? I don't have them so iono much about them.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:43 PM
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Checked the fuses, they look good.

As for the bulbs, I went to the auto store and they looked up my car and found the bulbs for me. Brought them home and they didn't fit. I also looked in my manual but it gives no model numbers, just wattage which doesn't help.
Do any of you know what kind of bulb I need for my corners and rear turns?

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Old 06-15-2007, 08:20 PM
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go to auto zone and they have a catalogue of the make and model...then you cross-referrence it to the number for the bulb. i beleive the e36 takes 3773 or something. maybe not.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:03 AM
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I know that feeling with the bulbs buddy. Put the clear corners on mine, the bulbs that came with it blew the fuses. Had to replace the lot not funny. Standard bulbs wont fit should be able to get them from any good auto store, or ebay was a good place to find them.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:42 AM
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Thanks guys.

Found the bulbs. Not easy. I took out the stock bulbs and looked up on the net what was a suitable replacement.

For anyone that wants to know, front turns are 1157, and the rear turns are 1156. Then all it took was a trip to Walmart...figures.

As for the side markers, I emailed the co. I got them from and they suggested switching the polarity of the bulbs. Still a no go...
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:50 AM
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I also had some trouble with the bulbs for the rear lights. The signal bulbs & the brake bulbs have offset pins and are a complete PITA when they are miss matched!

I nearly jumped on the damn light cover I was so frustrated lol
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:56 AM
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Yeah, I was getting there! haha

Any ideas on the side markers? To make matters worse, I put back on my old ones and they don't work now either.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
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Did you check all the relevant fuses ? Is it only your signals not working ? Did you see if your city lights work ?

I was trying to fish out one a bulb that fell out (due to those stupid offset pins) into the rear light assembly when I touched the energised metal with an telescopic magnet....I know, retarded lol

It was a 10A fuse IIRC.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:14 AM
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It's the side markers that dont work.

It has to be a fuse, but they all looks good. I'll take another look though.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:17 AM
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Check it out, there HAS to be an anomaly with the fuse.

Otherwise, Im gonna call you a liar and say that you hit the rear light assembly with a 2x4 with rusty nails on the top of it

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Old 06-16-2007, 11:30 AM
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lol

If I use a voltmeter, and if a fuse was bad would I still get a reading with it? This way I could tell if I was getting power and know if was a fuse.

Or will it give a reading either way?
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:47 PM
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Yeah, you'll still get a reading because, hypothetically if its broken, you will be bridging the snapped gap.

If you set the voltmeter to the appropriate setting, you'll get a concurrent reading.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:28 PM
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So I guess I will just replace all 3 fuses for the side markers and hope for the best.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:32 PM
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Thats what I would do.

If that doesnt fix it, its something deeper. Check wiring (frayed cable sheath somewhere ?) all the way up to the signal stalks.
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:18 PM
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Would that cause both of them to not work?
Are they linked together?

Seems weird that they both would not work if it is not a fuse...
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The wiring that goes in before the fuse or before it splits off could be the problem, and it could cause them to both not work, if all the fuses are good. Just a thought.
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Just replaced both fuses, still not working, so I guess I will be tracing wires...
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If I use a voltmeter, and if a fuse was bad would I still get a reading with it? This way I could tell if I was getting power and know if was a fuse.

Or will it give a reading either way?
If your talking fuse while in the fuse box then yes, remove them and ck for continuity (s/p) If they are bad it will be an open circuit. If your talking about at the bulb socket if you get no reading then its the fuse or a break in the wiring or a bad ground for that circuit.
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:34 PM
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Well I used a voltmeter and got no reading at all. So I guess it is a wiring issue.
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try to find your ground for them, most of the time with electric issues its a ground or a fuse/relay and most of the time its the easiest to fix.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:19 AM
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Thanks. Can you tell me where I should be looking to do this fix?

I usually work on the outside of cars, not the inside, so I am a complete noob to this.
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Well I used a voltmeter and got no reading at all. So I guess it is a wiring issue.
Not sure about yours, but mine only light when the turnsignal is on. They are not on all the time. Are you checking them with the turn signal on??
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Not sure about yours, but mine only light when the turnsignal is on. They are not on all the time. Are you checking them with the turn signal on??
LOL, I feel like such an idiot!

I guess they are just something that I never paid attention too. I thought they were supposed to turn on with my headlights and parking lights.

You are absolutely right my friend!
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