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    Default Parking light/reverse light issues

    Today I had my car inspected (92 520i, euro spec) , but it failed due to a passenger side parking light (above the headlight) not working, and the reverse lights not working. However, the reverse lights worked for me when I backed out (had the headlights on -- the inspector did not). I assume this is not normal. What would be a cause of this?

    Also, how do I get access to the parking light to replace it?

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    May 2004

    Default open the hood

    look at the rear of headlights from the engine room. Close to the section where the turn lights are there are the bulbs for the parking lights. There are 2 versions.
    One with a plastic rod of about 10 cm. Front end has the bulb inside, other end has 2 pins to connect to the wire loom.
    The other one is attached directly to the dip light on the upper half of the reflector.
    Grab the thing from the back, push a bit towards front and turn a bit to the left. Then you can pull it out. If you cannot find it, just follow the cable to the headlights.
    The plastic might brake, cause it got brittle over the years. Mine were broken 2 months ago into small pieces when I wanted to replace the bulbs.
    By the way, that is also nicely described in the owners handbook.

    Reverse light: do you have a manual or auto trans?
    Anyway, could be the switch. But first I would check at the bulb if it gets power or not. Clean the contacts of the bulb.
    Last edited by shogun; 01-06-2005 at 01:04 AM.

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    Default good stuff

    outstanding, it worked. I haven't been able to recreate the backup lights issue, so hopefully it won't happen again. I'll look at the bulbs to be safe. It's a manual by the way -- maybe the inspector didn't push the shifter into reverse deep enough or something?

    Thanks again.

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    Hmm, I changed the reverse light bulbs and the problem continues. I will try to clean the bulb's case and see if it works more reliably -- lights are still intermittent upon reversing.

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated (from anyone).


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