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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-12-2019, 06:03 AM
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e61 touring tail light bulb carrier

Hello. As I'm working through fixing all of the issues with my new to me touring, I've come across a burned bulb carrier receptacle on the right rear. I see I can buy bulb carrier only for the sedan, but I can't find that for the touring. I've done a bit of searching, and haven't found a discussion about this. Does the part carry over between the sedan and the touring? If not, any options besides trying to replace the whole tail light, or try to repair the burned receptacle? Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:08 AM
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Realoem.com is a site that you can cross reference parts.

There are some models that have had recalls or bulletins that have an extra ground added to the bulb carrier for burned socket problems.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:50 AM
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Realoem.com is a site that you can cross reference parts.

There are some models that have had recalls or bulletins that have an extra ground added to the bulb carrier for burned socket problems.
I'm familiar with realoem. It doesn't show that carrier as an option. I'll look into the bulletins, though since I never go to a dealer, that's probably only useful for information. Thanks!
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I looked up the E61...the tail light in the rear hatch has a carrier, but the tail light in the body does not. It looks like the bulb housing is integrated into the light assembly and there is no carrier. Does that match what you see?
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:04 AM
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Correct.
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Post a picture if you can of the damaged unit.
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Here it is. Sorry, not a great pic. Burn is at the top.
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Let's try again.
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I repaired mine by cutting away the melted plastic blob with a box cutter. The bulb holder was then able to make proper contact and illuminated properly. I had an intermittent bulb failure indication along with a dim lamp.
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You talking about the small burn in the mounting hole next to that "P2" graphic on the metal? That doesn't look bad to me. if the plastic isn't melted though, I'd proceed as follows.

(1) Shine up all the metal rings with some fine sandpaper. Those metal rings around the bulb holes are grounds.

(2) Get a very small drill bit...maybe need to go to a hobby shop for that one. Drill a hole using a pin vise (ie, not an electric drill) in the burned mounting hole and screw in tiny screw to hold that piece in place. I did this to some broken off mounting posts on my wife's X5 tail lights.

(3) Add another ground wire. That's the brown wire. Here's an example thread...the brown center that is bolted to the dy is a ground cluster. Just run another one to the tail light.
https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/12606...oblem-pre-lci/
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Thanks for the ideas guys! I'll report back after the fix.
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Your lamp socket's contact tabs need to be examined as well. The melty spot on the tail light housing is caused by heat due to a poor connection between the socket tab and the ring on the housing. Best practice is to get a new lamp socket since heating weakens the tab. Re-forming or shining that tab may work for a while but it will fail again.

I corrected a similar problem on our E53 X5 with a new socket and not clocking the socket fully, allowing the contact to connect to a good spot on the ring.
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Noted. Thank you.
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So, my mechanic had the car to give me a write up on some of the tasks I don't want to do, and I told him about the taillight issue. He fixed it with some soldering and an added wire to force a good connection on the bulb. I'll post a photo shortly.
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Here is the photo. Looks like he soldered a wire in to make a connection on it
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