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E39 (1997 - 2003)
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 04-26-2010, 09:37 AM
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Wink reverse lights

my reverse lights stopped working i replaced the revese light switch and they still dont work. somebody please help
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:08 AM
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could it be a fuse or relay?
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:03 AM
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Check:

- bulbs
- fuses
- wiring
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:21 AM
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i changed the bulbs and the wiring looks good and none of the fuses say back up lights...
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:12 PM
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All external lights are controlled by the LKM, located behind the right kick panel. There are no individual fuses.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:59 PM
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above the battery? what kick panel and if all the lights r controlled by lkn then would u have to replace it because one set of lights don't work?
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:11 PM
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Did you check the sockets themselves to be sure there is no corrosion?
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:25 PM
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yeah nice and clean. i'm wondering if it's the connection to the clutch?
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:49 PM
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No, in the clutch pedal, there are 2 switches:
1. One for cruise control.
2. One for starter motor.

The REVERSE switch is mounted in the Man Transmission, which you mentioned you already replaced it.
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:39 PM
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Did you measure the voltage on the Blue/Yellow wire near the tail lights while the gear selector is in reverse and ignition on? This wire should read at least +12 volts on a digital multimeter and 0 volts while in any other gear. If the meter displays at least 12 volts, then you need to double check the bulbs and sockets for a poor connection and/or bad socket. If the meter displays 0 volts, then you should double check the reverse switch you had replaced, it might be defective and/or the connector is not properly seated into the socket.

Here is another thread that might help you troubleshoot your problem.
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...-car-gear.html
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:01 PM
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Unhappy reverse lights

i don't have access to to check the voltage. is there a relay or something; anything?
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:40 PM
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i recently had the clutch replaced, maybe they forgot to hook something up?

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