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    Hi

    Well, it's as the title - discovered last night that none of my brake lights are working.

    I've checked the fuse this morning and it is fine (I've also swapped it for another fuse that I know is working, and still no joy).

    I'm wondering if this is the continuation of an electrical problem that started a few weeks ago - I was driving home and the car developed a really annoying buzzing from under the bonnet. It turned out to be the headlight adjuster was malfunctioning.

    When I took it to BMW they said it could either be the motor in the back of the headlight adjuster that has the problem - or it could be the wiring loom shorting out.

    Now I've got this problem with the brake lights is that an indication of another problem with the loom?

    I'm scuppered really - with no brake lights it's not safe (or legal) to drive the car.

    Has anybody else had a similar problem?

    I'm guessing replacing the loom would be horrendously expensive and a pig of a job???
     
     

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    Best thing to do is mate take the brake light switch out and put a wire across the plug, if the lights light up then its your switch. I had this problem and £5.71 later it was solved
     
     

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    Could be the switch... You could try that first.

    Failing that, I would go for the boot lid wiring next, as it's not the first electrical gremlin you've had !

    Have a look at the boot lid, you'll see wiring going from the body to the lid - The wires under that sheething breaks up, and causes all sorts of problems.

    If you do a search of the forum, you'll see a thread with a few photos from people.
    I post a photo of mine, and about 90% of my wiring had broke !
     
     

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    Boot wiring. http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...problems-t208/

    And if you have a onboard computer(OBC) then you will need the 4 pin brake light switch, rather than the 2 pin (Non OBC).
     
     

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    Thanks for the replies everybody - it was the brake light switch! All fixed now, and thankfully a cheap fix thanks to all of the knowledge that is on here

     
     

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