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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 09-20-2013, 03:37 PM
rcshott rcshott is offline
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Mein Auto: E34 B10 ALPINA, E39 535i'
Right side angel eyes out & rear light "faults"

Electrical faults over the internet/telephone are impossible to diagnose but I'd like advice please.

I've searched Bentley (vol 2) plus internet as well as posts here for days & stumped for answers, (I don't understand so hate electrical problems). My '97 E39 has no angel eyes at right side & had dash 'warning' of such, but also keep getting dash warnings for different rear light cluster outings as well as "door open" warning, all appear maybe a light module problem? as they are intermittent & not always true as sometimes are actually working when I get dash warning. Sending me nuts! Both rear clusters have been removed, connections cleaned & 'faulty' bulbs replaced. And today the passenger/right side door window stopped working after being 'silly' for a few weeks. Now about to remove front right light cluster & look at A/eyes.

The battery appears good and tests full 'revs' with digi-meter although I've NOT had a professional tester to it for individual cells.

(a) What could be the problem with R side eyes?

(b) Where the hell do I locate the light module?

Could the 2 be connected? I understand there are no fuses for external lights on E39???

Failing that... replace the battery? I'm actually in Ukraine so a major language problem exists, so do "good" car electricians. Appreciate any thoughts.

Last edited by rcshott; 09-20-2013 at 03:40 PM.
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