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Old 10-20-2008, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all,
looking for some much needed help!
just got my first bmw 318se(2000) and have an issue with the brake lights,
when i step on the brake the lights come on however when i turn the lights on only the rear fog light comes on! if i step on the brake with the lights on the brake lights work.
could this be something to do with the bulbs or the grounding issue which seems to be a common problem and yes the warning lights are present on the dash!!
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Bad Earth, check all the connections for corrosion.
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Do the same things happen with the rear fog light switched on or off?
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thanks guys for your advice,
have replaced bulbs but still the same
have checked connecters for corrosion but all looks fine
also makes no difference with front/rear fogs on (although front fogs look a bit dim!)
on my way home the warning lights went off briefly and 1 brake light worked but then i had no indicaters flashing on the dash but they were working outside!!

gonna take it back to garage where i bought it and let them sort it out at their cost!
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This seems like a wiring issue, there may be a couple of bad grounds.
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