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    Hi,

    Ive got an odd problem with my brake lights, before swapping the clusters over the left side one worked, when swapping to the new set they both worked upon testing, but now their screwed onto the car neither work.

    I started the car and the left and right worked for one press, but after that nothings worked.

    Does anyone have any ideas? All the other lights work fine so im not sure what could have gone wrong.
     
     

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    tried the fuse? faulty earth loose bulb connection.
    loose connection at the switch
    i am assuming you changed form ambers to clear sometimes the pin out is different due to check control system and a slight wiring mod needs to be done.

    Guide. How to change amber rear lights to clear without butchering the pins on a 96 reg vehicle
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36318iscoupe View Post
    tried the fuse? faulty earth loose bulb connection.
    loose connection at the switch
    i am assuming you changed form ambers to clear sometimes the pin out is different due to check control system and a slight wiring mod needs to be done.

    Guide. How to change amber rear lights to clear without butchering the pins on a 96 reg vehicle
    Checked all the fuses and their all ok bulbs are all good, indicator one is abit iffy at the connector but that works fine.

    Where is the switch? Il try take a look at that tomorrow morning.

    I changed from ambers to clears yep, but its aftermarket ones that done need wiring swapped over etc

    BMW 3Series 92-98 4Dr Euro Tail Lights

    All the other lights work and the brake ones did a few times, so im thinking it will be the brake light switch.
     
     

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    The brake light switch is at the base of the brake pedal and will either be a 2 or 4 pin connection depending if you have check control or not
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36318iscoupe View Post
    The brake light switch is at the base of the brake pedal and will either be a 2 of 4 pin connection depending if you have check control or not
    Thanks, hope thats the problem, cant be bothered with removing rear clusters again and swapping connectors around, took 2 hours and drove me insane in the end
     
     

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    best way to find out is to disconnect the connectors off the switch and join the two together if the lights are lit then your switch is the culprit if not chances are the clusters will need to be looked again,keep the forum upto date there may be a member close to you that can assist
    There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a different way

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    Quote Originally Posted by e36318iscoupe View Post
    best way to find out is to disconnect the connectors off the switch and join the two together if the lights are lit then your switch is the culprit if not chances are the clusters will need to be looked again,keep the forum upto date there may be a member close to you that can assist
    Thanks hope its that simple, working with a french cars electrics before this and it just turned to hell haha. Will update this tomorrow with the results.
     
     

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    Was the switch at fault, took it out, put two screws in there and the lights came on, so simply reset the switch and all is well
     
     

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    All good
    There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a different way

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