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Old 05-18-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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e39 Third Brake Light Melted

I had a "check brake light" warning on for awhile but the light still worked. Then the light quit working so I pulled the bulb socket out. The bulb itself is melted into place in the socket and is drooping slightly. I'm considering buying a new socket and bulb but this will just be a waste of money if there is something else that is wrong. Anyone else have this happen?
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:11 PM   #2
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If you are reffering to the brake light located under the rear glass, i have noticed that the plastic around the bulb housing has a bit of melted plastic. At the time the bulb burned out and i opened it for a replacement, and seen the melted plastic (nothing extreme). I just replaced the bulb and popped it back i place. Havent checked it since (been over 2 years).

Can anyone else chime in on this one?
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:11 AM   #3
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Well I've tried to remove the bulb but it is fused into place.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #4
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^ haha thats more like it!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:21 PM   #5
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I had a "check brake light" warning on for awhile but the light still worked. Then the light quit working so I pulled the bulb socket out. The bulb itself is melted into place in the socket and is drooping slightly. I'm considering buying a new socket and bulb but this will just be a waste of money if there is something else that is wrong. Anyone else have this happen?
I had the same thing happen to me but eventually got the bulb out.
To avoid any future issues I ended up just changing both the holder and bulb.
It was not too costly from Parkview BMW.
No problems since.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:18 AM   #6
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You learn something new every day. I have to go and look at my car.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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I had the same thing happen to me but eventually got the bulb out.
To avoid any future issues I ended up just changing both the holder and bulb.
It was not too costly from Parkview BMW.
No problems since.
Are you sure it is melted, when I changed my license place bulb I thought the connection had melted as well be as it turned out it was only a bit of corrosion on the bulb and contacts. I cleaned up the contact and applied some dialectric grease and everything has been fine.
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Are you sure it is melted, when I changed my license place bulb I thought the connection had melted as well be as it turned out it was only a bit of corrosion on the bulb and contacts. I cleaned up the contact and applied some dialectric grease and everything has been fine.
You should never have condensation on the 3rd brake light due to its position not being exposed to the exterior of the car. If you do, then you have a serious issue on your hands. This is caused by poor connections from the bulb and the contact which generates heat and overtime may melt the plastic holder.
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