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Old 09-03-2004, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i installed my clear rear corner lights today, the original bulbs switched out and everything, the right indicator blew to start with, so i can understand the code then, but i replaced it with a new one, and all of the lights work fine all over the car, but i'm still getting the code on my computer. wtf. Help?

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Old 09-03-2004, 07:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same problem with my clears (tho I just bought hte car and they came with these). When I switched back to stock, no problem. I'm going to buy BMW clears from a guy who sells them on ebay--these are genuine BMW, not aftermarkets. Need to wait till wife won't notice $ :P
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I have the same problem with my clears (tho I just bought hte car and they came with these). When I switched back to stock, no problem. I'm going to buy BMW clears from a guy who sells them on ebay--these are genuine BMW, not aftermarkets. Need to wait till wife won't notice $ :P
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Dont waste your money man... I would bet if you switched back to the clears right now you would have no immediate problems. The issues is often that the bulb holders suck... they need to be wiggled and messed with sometimes. one big bump can jar one loose for just a millisedond and then you get the code, which does not go out once the bulb is lit again unless you turn the car off and then restart it...

i have found some copper coat (conductive anti size compund) dabbed on the contacts a couple of months ago has helped as I have not got a phantom tail light error since.

Also there are those that have had luck using BMW purchased bulbs, the theory is the computer works by reading resistance and the BMW bulbs might have different resistance than lets say a phillips or some other brand. It is only a theory but hey if it works it works
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I actually did reinstall my clears (they're on now--love the look) and bought some new brake bulbs and socket pieces. Indeed if you wiggle the socket pieces you'll get a change for a while, but it seems to me pretty lame that I have to do that every couple days, when the original/BMW units have no such problems. In my limited experience it's not the bulbs or the holders,it's a poor fit/contact between the bulb holders and the aftermarket pieces=crappy parts. I might jsut have really crappy aftermarkets. The price on these genuine Beemer clears is lower than the ones from Bavauto.

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