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Old 12-11-2003, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got an EURO Red& Clear tail light for my bmw but right after I put on the new tail lights the OBC say <TAIL LIGHT FAILURE> so I read the manual and the manual say it could be the bulb, fuse, or circuit defective. then I change the bulb and the fuse and it still says<TAIL LIGHT FAILURE> so now I think is the circuit defective but before I change the tail lights everything is fine so I don't think is the circut defective. now I am really stuck with this problem. plus inspection is coming up, if the the guy sees the OBC says that, he is going to think the tail light dosen't work and I am not going to pass.

can anybody help me out or give me some advice? please
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I had the same problem I kept blowing a fuse after I changed my tail lights. and sometimes the would obc would say tailight failure befor the fuse would actuly blow.What really sucked was the fuse would take out my right tail light, right head light,licence plate light and and the interior lights for the speedometer etc.
I was cruising at around a hundred when my radar went off so I slowed to what felt like a safe speed but It turned out I only slowed to 70 mph all because I could,nt see how fast I was driving. I got a big speeding ticket. I changed mi tail light back the next day and havn,t had a problem. I think the problem was the bulb would rattle around in the socket and ground out but I had no patience to try and fix it
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Old 12-11-2003, 05:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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oh ok, so do you know what is the tail light for, I mean I know there is the brake light, the reverse light, the signal light but what is the tail light do? becasue I was thinking if it dosen't do anything I can just take out the bulb and put nothing in it.
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my tail light lights up at night when I turn my headlight on and if you take your bulb out you will get pulled over and get a big fat ticket in the USA atleast
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hey man, I find out is the bulb, the fuse inside the bulb is blow out so I change them and guess what, it still says <TAIL LIGHT FAILURE> so now all the rear lamp lights(brake, reverse, tail lights) are working but the OBC still said the samething. I guess I just have to take to the dealer to see what is going on.

P.s when you put your car in park should any light be on, how about when you pull up the hand brake should any light( rear lamp) be on too?
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Old 12-11-2003, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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hmmm....when I installed mien it came on with that.....then a fuse blew and none of my lights worked...put in a new fuse...still got the message...but one of my taillight bulbs was out....got a new one....no message
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i hear when u use non OEM clears it will causes errors and blow a fuse
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i hear when u use non OEM clears it will causes errors and blow a fuse
you know maybe you are right , I don't know if is OEM but it has the bmw logol on the lamps so it has to be from bmw or something, plus is made in taiwan(surposely it should be good).

all the lights in the lamps works(2 tail light work perfect) is just the stupid OBC keep saying tail light failure and I alread have the OBC say check coolant leve when I start the engine.

if I want to change the fuse which one do I choose to change I can't find tail light fuse in the fuses box.
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have sum 1 step on the brakes with all the lights on and the turnsignals and reveres make shure they all work
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Originally posted by bmw_m3power+Dec 11 2003, 03:34 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (bmw_m3power @ Dec 11 2003, 03:34 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-e36_332i_s52@Dec 11 2003, 04:03 PM
i hear when u use non OEM clears it will causes errors and blow a fuse
you know maybe you are right , I don't know if is OEM but it has the bmw logol on the lamps so it has to be from bmw or something, plus is made in taiwan(surposely it should be good).

all the lights in the lamps works(2 tail light work perfect) is just the stupid OBC keep saying tail light failure and I alread have the OBC say check coolant leve when I start the engine.

if I want to change the fuse which one do I choose to change I can't find tail light fuse in the fuses box. [/b][/quote]
parts made in germany from bmw will not cause errors on the OBC. but any other "knock offs'' will. also, it will work fine in some cases but will have a error
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I have the same problem that has been going on for two years and I brought it to the dealer and other shops with no prevail. I've even switched out the tail light and it STILL does it.... ghead Right now I'm so pissed I have no idea what to do. Some guy on ebay.com that was selling the clear tail lights said that I had to rewire them but he wouldn't elborate on what he was talking about. Does anyone have a solution?
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i have the same problem in my car all the time. you should trying changing your bulb or your fuse. you should try turning all your lights on then off. try also changing your bulb while your car is off. then turn on your car and press the check button on your computer. this sometimes work for my car. it can also be that your computer is messed up. best thing is to take your car to a professional.
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You bought cheap parts. The problem is that the clear tails you bought are not made to spec (knock off brands, non OEM, whatever you want to call them. Like Satan they have many names). Many people have this problem. I think it has to do with the socket and wiring thereof.

Buy parts for our Sponsor EuroPersona, or other reputible source, and not CarParts.Com. Make sure they are made in Germany, or BMW OEM, and your problems will go away.

Don't believe me?

Put your OEM tails back in .....
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you can always go the red route and skip the clear. Much less common, stands out more.
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Had similar problem obc saying tailight failure etc....bought and replace bulbs numerous times...same ol shiet....hmmm...till I check the taillight housing seems like it wasn't making good connection....I stuck my fingers into the housing hole, after I installing, I kept pushing the housing connections in and out...the light goes on and off....hmmmm so I bent/modified the housing connector and walllllllah....never had a problems for many months and counting....I just had to fix it....the obc annoys me....lol Oh and yes these taillamps were the clear red on bottom and white on top.........
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