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  1. 1999 E39 530d - front sidelights issue - dim indicator instead 
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    Hello

    I've had help from this forum in the past and thought I'd come and post for my new problem!

    At the front of the car, when I switch on my sidelights, the near side sidelight comes on OK, but on the driver side it doesn't. Instead the indicator light (orange) glows dimly.

    It also does the same thing if the ignition is off and you try and use the parking lights feature via the indicator stork - near side sidelight comes on OK. But on the drivers side the indicator light glows dimly.

    About 9 months ago I installed some angel eyes which have been working fine. I even disconnected these and plugged back in to the normal side-lights but it still does the same.

    Also worth noting that when using the indicators they work normally and flash brightly.

    Is this an LCM problem? I see lots of posts about LCMs and one headlight staying on but I don't have this problem.

    Thanks to anyone that can help.

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    I used to get this on my first e46, it always seemed to stem from water ingress as it only happened when it was damp. I never got to the bottom of it, but in a tantrum one day whacked the indicator and it stopped it.
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    Thanks - I've given the indicator a good whack and it still does the same! I've even disconnected the indicator too but that doesn't make the sidelight start working again.

    Anyone else got any ideas?
     
     

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    I've tried disconnecting the battery for 30+ minutes to see if that clears it but it's still happening...

    Any LCM experts out there? Or are there some relays somewhere?

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    It sounds like a bad earth, although it's also worth checking the bulbs are making a good connection.
     
     

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    Today I've taken the light cluster out completely. There are a couple of flat-looking small boxes which are screwed to the body. I wondered if this was an earthing point so I removed them, cleaned, and re-attached them.

    After I plugged everything back in the problem still remains

    Where is the earthing point for the lights/indicator?

    Does anyone know if the LCM does actually control the indicator lights?

    Help!!
     
     

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    This is often the symptom of an incorrect bulb somewhere, usually a single pin tail bulb where there should be a two pin tail/stop bulb. When you switch the lights on the live feeds back through the other live beccasue they are now connected by the single pin causing the side or indicator to glow. Another symptom of this is when the side lights flash when you put the brake on. You've got nothing to lose by checking this first.
     
     

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    I've finally sorted this!

    I think it was a mixture of two things - firstly a bad earth somewhere. But mainly - the inverter that drives the angel eye on that side had a cracked case and there was a buldge in one side of it. Fortunately I had a few spares of these so I replaced it and now all is working!

    Thanks to billywhizz1984, gildersol and Mark for your help
     
     

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    Good you got it fixed
     
     

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    i had the same problem and al it was was the side light bulb had gone replaced and problem solved
     
     

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