Getting the 1 brake light failure message on my 97 328IS. The right
brake light is indeed not working. I checked the bulb and it was fine.
I replaced it anyhow with a Sylvania with no luck. I tried cleaning
the connectors, same problem. I tried putting the working reverse
bulb in, negative. Any suggestions? From what i've researched, the
brake light switch is a fairly common problem but I'm not recieving
the brake light circuit error.
I recently had the same problem with a 97 328ic. Discovered that there
had been some arcing that had burned a small hole in one of the tail
light housing contacts so that even with a new bulb holder, full
contact wasn't being made. So i dropped in a bit of conductive solder
to fill the hole and problem gone. Saved the cost of a new tail light
This is a VERY common problem on BMW - especially whit the "galvanized" or zinc
coated steel contact strips. BMW replaced the tail lamps on E38 series (7)
until they were redesigned. Don't know about the other cars but I have repaired
mine by scraping away the burnt area and using a decent soldering iron 30W +
solder a small piece of brass over the hole or scrape off the coating and put a
dollop of solder in the hole and carefully spread it out smooth. Almost a
Sir Hugh of Bognor
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