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Old 05-19-2012, 07:05 AM   #1
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Help with electrical problem on an older car?

Sup guys,

I am in need of some help from someone more qualified than than I am on electrical problems.

My 95 520i bmw has a left tail light out. (reverse/back up light). My first thought was a bulb... I changed the bulb and still nothing.

My second thought was the fuse. I changed that and still nothing! I then switched light bulbs from the right side and left side... The right side continues to work, but left side still doesn't.

Now the brake light works but the tail light doesn't. How do I fix this?

Before I replace the whole assembly, I wanted to see if anyone had ideas about it. If I take it to a german mechanic, he'll charge me 45 euro an hour.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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Check the ground, if it's good, get a multimeter and start shooting wires.
Jeeps don't get stuck, they just take breaks every once in a while... in deep holes.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
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Will do. Thanks for the tip
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:28 PM   #4
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as said, ground is always #3 on the list of things to check, clean it up and make sure its on good clean metal. next would be to clean the socket and make sure the connections for that are tight
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