I have brought some new tail lights for my saloon E36. They are replicas
of the originals but have smoked indictor and reverse light sections
instead of the usual orange and white.
I thought this would be a very simple straight forward fit as the use the
original bulbs, bulb holders and wiring connections.
The passenger side cluster is fine, but the drivers side causes the 10amp
fuse that controls the side lights, fog lights and instrument panel, to
blow when the parking or full lights are turned on. Therefore the drivers
side rear lights and instrument panels wont work. The indicator and brake
light functions continue to work though on the drivers side.
i have now put the old lights back in, and the problem has gone away, but
before I send the faulty unit back, i wanted to check if this can be
rectified simply? The bulbs for the rear side and fog lights are still
fine, but im curious as to what is causing this short circuit to happen?
Could it be that the socket for the wiring plug has not been manufactured
correctly, and is not meeting the contact plates that pass the power to
the bulbs correctly, or a soldering fault? Or, is the bulb not meeting the
contact plates correctly on the new unit, and this is causing a short?
Any help on this would be much appreciated
Many thanks, Justin