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    Hi there, i joined just over a year ago when i owned a '93 525ie, and since has not much bothered with the forum unfortunatley.

    Anyway, i have recently sold the 525, and purchased a lovely R plate 328i sport, pics to follow...

    Unfortunately i had to get it to an auto sparky on fri, as the car had a problem with blowing bulbs, especially, in fact only on the drivers side.

    It was fixed quickly with fuses and bulbs replaced, and off i trot, happy.

    Its now saturday and the fault has re-appeared. :(

    Its going back on mon obviously, but can any of you shed any light on my issues??

    Whats CAUSING this?

    Thankyou all, pics tomorrow

    The bulbs affected are as follows..

    o/s sidelight
    o/s rear lights
    number plate lights
    speedo/RPM lights
    all in one shot!?
     
     

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    Hi mate. Ive added your vehicle details and changed the title for you as per the forum rules...

    First port of call would be checking for any wiring shorts that could cause the bulbs to blow. I would check the wiring that goes into the bootlid this can spit and cause all sorts of electrical faults.
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    Thanks Steve.. its funny you should say that, i said to the mrs that its only happened, or ive only noticed AFTER ive been in the boot.. anything in particular to look for??
     
     

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    so.. without sounding useless.. i open the boot, and go to the.... where the..??

    Thanks again, im just not the greatest with wires lol, im not sure where i reveal these mentioned problem wires!!
     
     

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    The harness will run up the L/H side boot strut as in the pic in the link Gildersol has posted.....

    You will probably have to cut the heatshrink off of the harness to be able to inpect the wiring properly......
     
     

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    Cheers Steve.. after the rain finally eased off this morn i had a look, and yes, there were 2 wires 'snapped'.. ive reconnected and still not working, but im guessing that when the wires snapped, there would have been a re-occurrance of the fuses and bulbs failing??

    I feel im halfway there! Just want to be armed with a little bit of knowledge before i take it back to the Auto Electrician, as im useless!!
     
     

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    What colour were the broken wires? Did you have a good look at the other wires? As they keep getting bent and comressed, the copper wires can break inside the insulation. You may feel the wire a bit flimsy in that are if that has happened.
     
     

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