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Old 10-20-2008, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation tail light and brake light failure

i got this message this morning in my check control all all my lights work. i checked the brake lights the turn signals every single tail light they all work fine, anyone know what i can do? or what can cause this?thanks
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the same problem on my 323i E46 99, the check light was on and I replaced all the lights and they worked but the check light was still on. What it turned out to be is that the wire harness cable that connects to the light housing; one of the pins was slightly burned and melted. This causes a slight voltage irregularity thrown to the computer telling it there is a fault even though the lights still work. So check all your wire connections very closely and see if you have any abnormalities or burned out pins.
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did you replace your connections? or do you just live with the warning light? the pins inside are a little black.
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Hey.....common problem in the e36.....9 times out 10 its the brake switch under the brake pedal.....also aftermarket bulbs.....if you have the slightest break in continuity it will trip the warning but your lights will still work.....make sure all your bulb contacts to the light socket contacts are clean & solid....also check out the wiring harness that is mounted to the driver's side trunk hinge....check out these links

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thanks for those 2 links ill look into my wires tomorrow.
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