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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-30-2007, 08:18 PM
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Glove Box Flashlight not working - can't hook up radar detector!

I originally thought that the glovebox flashlight was just not working (bulb or something) but have now learned that there's just no power to it at all. I'm hoping it's a fuse or something, but since I just bought the car, I don't even know where the fuses are located! Any suggestions on this? Is this a standard problem?


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Old 08-30-2007, 10:07 PM
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fuses are in the trunk.

if you need to tap power, you can also try the sunroof as where i got my V1 tapped into.

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Old 08-31-2007, 07:04 AM
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Hey BigTex, welcome to the forum! Post some photos of your car so other Plano people can spot you!
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Old 08-31-2007, 07:49 AM
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So two issues here:

(1) Flashlight not working...yeah, check the trunk for the fuses, side panel, above the battery

(2) Do a search on threads regarding V1 or Valentine1 radar detector installs. Basically, you want to tap the green wire w/yellow stripe located under the UGDO/map light area in the headliner.
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:20 PM
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You may also have some fuses inside the glove box. Open the glove box door and bend down to look at the inside top of the compartment. There may be two twist knobs on the top. Turn each about 1/4 turn and the top drops down revealing about 45 fuse spaces. Not all will be used, however.
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:10 PM
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Also make sure the flashlight is plugged in the correct way. The light will seat both ways, but only one way is correct to access power. With my 2000 540i, the switch on the flashlight faces toward the floor board of the car. When installed this way it will charge correctly. Took 24 hours before I could operate the light. Could be an easy fix....
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:27 PM
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hardwire your v1 in and also there's a fuse box in the glove box too. (the top of the glovebox open it and you'll see it)
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