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Old 10-12-2004, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i just recently bought a 1983 528e automatic from a friend for 200 bucks (what a deal!!!) it runs brilliantly except for the fact that the brake lights dont work. the check light (by the sunroof) wont go off and the bulbs are brand new (bmw approved). i've tried everything i can think of, the brakelight switch is new, bulbs are new, connections have been checked for corrosion and cleaned, i've even tried touching the brakelight switch connectors together. aftermarket radio shares the #12 fuse and i've tried taking the radio connection off...nothing has worked. thanks in advance for any advice.
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p.s. - can anyone tell me what the VDO box is, its located under the steering wheel inside the dash, thanks.
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check the fuse. and i donno waht the vdo box
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the fuses are tip top. thanks for the input
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I've been working on my 535i since I bought it (6-7 months with pleasure). I installed a new sound system with 6x9 speakers and stuff. But when I was hitting the brake, the lights would dim and my amp would go off. O blamed the braking system and inspected everything electrically. And by the way, this is the first time I'm ever working on a car although worked on electrics and computer hardware before. There's a button right above the brake pedal. When the pedal is released it is already pushed so the lights are off. But when you hit the pedal, the button is released and the brake lights go on. See if everything is Ok, by the way that buttonis all mechanic. You don't have to check anything else in the car. Just the brake line which is getting the energy from the fuse box and activated by that button. Good luck!
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