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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:27 AM
arod711 arod711 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 z3
'96 z3 rear brake light out

replaced bulb in tail light assembly but still out. Comes on when brake pressed. where do i go next--fuse? circuit?
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:50 PM
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Are you saying the light is on only when you press the brake pedal? That's the only time it should be on.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:11 PM
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Meant to say rear tail light is out (red) -- the back up lamp (white light) operates. Sorry about not clear.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:37 AM
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Assuming you are only referencing a single side and not both, then you need to start with a voltage tester at the socket while you have someone push the pedal. Make sure the contacts are clean in the socket. If there is no voltage when you press the brake pedal but the other side is working you are going to have to trace back to the pedal looking for potentially obvious places a wire may have been pulled or broken.
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