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  1. 1996 E36 318 Reverse lights on convertible 
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    Hi everyone i've just brought a 318 convertible (e36) last weekend and just found out the reverse lights do not work.

    It has the M3 type lights fitted on the back and i've asked a friend and he says one wire needs changing over to make the bulbs live.

    I wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem when they had their rear lights converted to the m3 type? and if there is any solution let me know
     
     

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    Did it have the lights fitted when you bought it or after?Cause it might be the switch that needs replacing.
     
     

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    It had the lights fitted when i bought it, i was thinking the switch aswell (because changing wires seems abit dodgey seeing as there genuine m3 lights).

    Do you know where the reverse light switch is located? and a rough price.

    Thanks.
     
     

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    It is quite common to have problems changing because the M3 lights are slightly different depending on which lights they for.I didn't have a problem fitting my ones for my saloon but have heard of others having problems.I will have to look into where the switch is and will get back to you on that one...........
     
     

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    Check fuse F26
    Check whether you have 12v at the lights when the ignition is on and reverse selected.
    The wires should be brown (earth) and blue/yellow.
    If you have voltage, the problem is at the light fitting.
    If not you can unplug the switch and bridge across the pins with a piece of wire. If they light, you need a switch.
    Last edited by gildersol; 25-09-2009 at 07:28.
     
     

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    hmm very helpful post gildersol. I've done what you said, I used a test lamp whilst the car was in reverse and there doesn't seem to be any power there, I will go out now and check the fuses.

    Would the reverse switch be under the car or could i get to it without having to jack the car up?
     
     

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    The switch is on the gearbox so you'll probably have to get under. Use axle stands, don't go under just with the jack
    I can't remember if you can access it from above.
     
     

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