Question about 1996 BMW 318
Hi i have a 1985 bmw 535i and i cant seem to get my brakelights to work. I put a new fuse in, check the brake switch and the bulbs are fine. a friend told me it might be the ground wire but i dont know where to locate it.
You need to take a look at the light sockets in the trunk area.there are NO wires going to the lights like most cars of the time.if you take a close look,you will see that the whole panel where the lights plug in IS the wiring complete with ground.you juat need to unplug each one and scratch all the corrosion off the fixed panel AND the flat prong like connections on the bulb sockets themselves.
every 5 series i have gotten into after being parked for awile had this problem.absolutely no rear lights.and yes,check out the fuse box,but it is most likely this or-
the brake pedal on these cars has a thin plate which the brake light switch/andclutch switch is bolted to.i have also seen in many cases the pedal travelbeing too excessive causing the thin plate to bend slightly causing it not to make contact with the switch,which also won't make the brake light warning lamp come on.but i bet you its those sockets in the trunk.cause if the hot side of one is grounding out-then none of them will work!good luck.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
Usually, this is indicative of the wires being broken (or corroded) between point a and b. On my 735 (same year), I have a running light in the rear that won't turn on. We've traced it to either a grounding problem or a broken wire. You've really only got two choices: trace the wiring from point a to b and try and ohm it out to see if there is an open or run a new wire.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Oct 18, 2014 | 1985 Ford F150
Oct 05, 2014 | 2008 BMW 535I
Apr 13, 2011 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Mar 13, 2010 | 1988 Toyota Camry
Mar 25, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
Mar 20, 2009 | 2006 Hyundai Sonata
Nov 12, 2008 | 2001 BMW 325
Sep 16, 2008 | 1989 Ford Crown Victoria
May 12, 2014 | 1996 BMW 318
May 10, 2014 | 1996 BMW 318
214 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: