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Brake light for 1987 325i 4drs Inline 6

I have a BMW 325i with a non-working brake light. I changed the bulbs and still didn't work. It was a burnt fuse. Changed the fuse and burnt again. Just recently been hearing a tick from car stereo when ignition a on without starting the engine. Could this be a bad/ lose wire linked to the stereo wires? Please assist...thanks!

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Hi,

On your brakelight concern, a few basic ideas:

  • a blown fuse indicates a short somewhere;
  • brakelights are activated by the switch coupled to the brake pedal;
  • the brakelight bulb is integrated with the rear parklights.
Based on the above, some actions that you could take/explore:
  • check the wiring of the foot/pedal switch, might be caught in between the spring coils;
  • check the bulb sockets. look/clean/remove corrosion, rust, twisted wires, frayed ends;
  • check harness going to rear.
On the ticking sound:
  • probably a relay;
  • check for loose ground or corroded/rusted ground points;
  • double check the ground connection of the stereo;
  • double check the battery's - terminal connection to engine and to chassis body;
  • check/clean relay sockets normally located with the main fuses.
  • in some worst case scenario and considering the age of the vehicle, a rehabilitation of the wiring system might be in order.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

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