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Old 05-16-2011, 06:26 PM
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Hi all, I just bout a 530i at an auction, car runs great, but the third brake light is not working. I tried changing the bulb and the fuse bu no luck, any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by dcozzens View Post
Hi all, I just bout a 530i at an auction, car runs great, but the third brake light is not working. I tried changing the bulb and the fuse bu no luck, any suggestions?

I had the same problem, easy fix. Pop the bulb out and slightly bend the metal contact out inside the light bulb base so it makes better contact with the bulb. Chances are the bulb is not even burnt out.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:53 PM
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The third brake light is the LEDs on top of the rear windshield. I am not sure they just pop out THAT easily.
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That's exactly what it was thanks

Originally Posted by jreyallen View Post
I had the same problem, easy fix. Pop the bulb out and slightly bend the metal contact out inside the light bulb base so it makes better contact with the bulb. Chances are the bulb is not even burnt out.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:31 AM
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E39? Cause as Simon said we have LED's.


EDIT: This was in the E60 part of the board when I wrote this. Carry on.
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