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Old 03-23-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Brake light circuit

ok my brake light has been out for about a month now...i've cleaned all the contacts and removed all oxidation...still doest work

is this a brake light circuit failure?

if so how do i replace this?
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/e...-circuits.html

There's someone with a similar problem, and a link to the DIY on replacing it.

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Old 03-23-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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I didnt go for the link Komodo posted, but I am sure that the problem is in reley under the brake pedal. There is a DIY on how to fix it.

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I have the same problem now, so Ill go for that DIY.
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And for those reading it is different in the convertible the switch is $22 and it is harder to get to. I had my mechanic replace it while it was in for some other stuff.
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ok my brake light has been out for about a month now...i've cleaned all the contacts and removed all oxidation...still doest work

is this a brake light circuit failure?

if so how do i replace this?

One brake light? two brake lights? three brake lights? Are they all out? Could be different things depending.
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Old 03-24-2006, 03:50 PM   #6
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And for those reading it is different in the convertible the switch is $22 and it is harder to get to. I had my mechanic replace it while it was in for some other stuff.
If you are talking about the switch on the brake pedal, there are two of them. If you have the checking OBC, it's a 4-wire, no OBC, 2-wire. The 2-wire is about half the price of the 4-wire.
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it is only one brake light
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:10 PM   #8
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OK its only one brake light and my OBC is saying brake light out... still not sure what the problem is
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:31 PM   #9
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Check the "third" brakelight... everyone checks the sides never the center light. (that one seems to collect moisture also)
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agreed, check the center brake light.
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