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#1 (permalink) Old 10-28-2004, 09:21 AM
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Owner's manual doesn't have much information regarding the message. All bulbs are working fine. ANy indication as to what this might mean? Thanks in advance!
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This is a very common problem on E36s... do a search on google.com "brake light circut failure" and you should get a few good sites that explain it.. the not place to look if by some chance you dont find much there.. is.. do a search on this forum.. I know there are atleast two forum topics about that circut failure...

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I had the same problem this summer and was about to replace the switch under the dash. I decided to replace the brake light bulbs anyways. It turned out that I did have a bad bulb. I spent about $15 on bulbs, I would have spent about $40 on the switch.

Moral of the story, sometimes it's worth replacing the bulbs before replacing the brake light switch.
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the problem also could not be the either the bulbs or the switch cause i have replaced both
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Originally posted by wulley1@Oct 28 2004, 10:38 AM
I had the same problem this summer and was about to replace the switch under the dash. I decided to replace the brake light bulbs anyways. It turned out that I did have a bad bulb. I spent about $15 on bulbs, I would have spent about $40 on the switch.

Moral of the story, sometimes it's worth replacing the bulbs before replacing the brake light switch.
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I had the same error this summer, and i replaced my tail lights, just cause i wanted different ones, and it didn't bother me again for like 3 weeks, but now it started up again, so now I am going to try fixxing that, but that I need to just go ahead and buy the part, any one know a online shop that sells it, I hate doing 40 miles to the dealer.
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Since changing the brake light switch under the dash I have had no further problems. Majority of folks who do this seem to have similar results. Pelican Parts website has a DIY on how to do this.

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ebay is a good place to get the switch cheaper than at the dealer.
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