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    Hi there,

    I bought a 1994 316 coupe not to long ago, I got all lights to work and then they failed. But looking at the bulb holders it doesn't look right at all. On each bulb holder there is a wire going onto a contact on the holders... All I can think is that this is an earth? Surely it shouldn't be like that and should be wiring to the board. Still got all the plugs etc... going to the lights, just weird why is like that.

    M3 lights have been put on to it. Anyone got any tips.

    Can only get one brake light to work, reverse lights and one fog light.
     
     

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    Are the lights post facelift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    Are the lights post facelift?
    How would I tell mate... I believe they may be :S

    From what I can if was looking at right hand light head on, this is the order of the lights
    Reverse Light / Indicator
    Brake Light / Fog Light / Side light.

    Should the brake light be dual filament? Like most, do brakes and tail light?

    Really confusing me... Looked at diagrams but all proper wiring diagrams and not picture ones where electrics confuse me but mechanicals dont
     
     

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    Well, post facelift rear lights only has 1 rear fog light (drivers side) and i think the connections are a bit different compared to pre facelift. I think you can also get an adaptor for this problem. No, brake light bulbs are single filaments, but the outter red tail-lamp should be dual.

    Lights on post-facelift should be;
    Passenger side
    Indicator/Reverse
    Tail-light/Tail-light/Brake

    Driver side
    Reverse/Indicator
    Brake/Tail light/Tail and Fog light

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    Well, post facelift rear lights only has 1 rear fog light (drivers side) and i think the connections are a bit different compared to pre facelift. I think you can also get an adaptor for this problem. No, brake light bulbs are single filaments, but the outter red tail-lamp should be dual.

    Lights on post-facelift should be;
    Passenger side Driver side
    Indicator/Reverse Reverse/Indicator
    Tail-light/Tail-light/Brake Brake/Tail-light/Tail and fog light

    That sounds about right to be honest mate. Its weird how the whole passenger side isnt working tbh.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam93 View Post
    That sounds about right to be honest mate. Its weird how the whole passenger side isnt working tbh.
    Maybe it's the connection. Have you tried searching for an adaptor or looking around this forum for how other people sorted this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez-Derek View Post
    Maybe it's the connection. Have you tried searching for an adaptor or looking around this forum for how other people sorted this?
    Indeed I have searched but not really found what my problem is.

    My tail light today went out on drivers side once fiddling with it all. Drivers side has reverse lights, reverse light, fog and brake just no tail. Passenger side is nothing. Me and my mate is going to attack it all later on.

    Passenger side has nothing but a reverse light.

    But should there be an earth wire connected straight to the bulb holders? Shouldn't this be on the circuit board.
     
     

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    Circuit board as in, you just put the bulb in the bulb holder and screw it on the back, and then a group of wires leave the metal thing and connect to a connection? Or something else like wires coming from the bulb holder?

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