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madonthemike 03-08-2013 11:32 PM

LIcense Plate Light Assembly - Corrosion
 
Hi All,

I just realized that my license plate light holders were corroded to the point where I can no longer place a bulb anymore.

Do you guys just replace the entire assembly? Or can I just buy a metal piece and solder to the remaining contact?

Also how do you remove the assembly? I removed the four torx, but wasnt sure about the harness, can i just pull it out or should it be on the inside of the trunk (after removing carpet lining) ?

Thanks.

Eurostyle 03-08-2013 11:49 PM

You have to replace the full thing. On some years the cable is short and can be removed without the carpet, and others you have to...Just try and see.

If you need a good used one, we usualy have them

cormier 03-09-2013 08:09 AM

New assembly Nd be verreryyyy careful placing the big gasket, it tends to sit not quite right

madonthemike 03-09-2013 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eurostyle (Post 1601108)
You have to replace the full thing. On some years the cable is short and can be removed without the carpet, and others you have to...Just try and see.

If you need a good used one, we usualy have them

Could you pls pm me the price for a decent set?

jskeets 03-21-2013 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by madonthemike (Post 1601107)
Hi All,

I just realized that my license plate light holders were corroded to the point where I can no longer place a bulb anymore.

Do you guys just replace the entire assembly? Or can I just buy a metal piece and solder to the remaining contact?

Also how do you remove the assembly? I removed the four torx, but wasnt sure about the harness, can i just pull it out or should it be on the inside of the trunk (after removing carpet lining) ?

Thanks.

Hey dude, how did you end up with this? Any progress on repairs? A quote? Let me know as I'm now in the same situation :confused:

madonthemike 03-23-2013 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jskeets (Post 1602658)
Hey dude, how did you end up with this? Any progress on repairs? A quote? Let me know as I'm now in the same situation :confused:

Well im saving this for a summer project, as a temporary fix i just put a really bright led in the non corroded bulb holder.

How bad is yours?

You can get the whole assembly for about $80 from the ECS
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/51137170966/ES78260/

Or alternatively i guess you could look at soldering some kind of holder (assuming there is enough contact area left and that circuit continuity is still maintained - check with a multimeter).

cormier 03-23-2013 08:23 AM

Don't leave it too long -- mine started arcing and caught fire a bit

davericher20 03-23-2013 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cormier (Post 1602851)
Don't leave it too long -- mine started arcing and caught fire a bit

So THAT'S why I see only the back halves of e46s burnt to a crisp at the junkyard. It all makes sense

cormier 03-23-2013 10:14 AM

^^ haha I never noticed. Wouldn't doubt it, it's quite the design flaw I don't think I've seen one e46 that has a good effective gasket there still

jskeets 03-23-2013 10:26 PM

interesting to hear.. thanks for the link madonthemike.

rdhamill 02-23-2014 07:07 PM

My sockets corroded as well. I replaced the sockets with a 3LED circuit on each side.
I removed the LEDs from a trailer marker light.
I replaced the lenses and gaskets (ECS).
Lamp replacement cost all of $6.


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