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Old 03-08-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
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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
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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New assembly Nd be verreryyyy careful placing the big gasket, it tends to sit not quite right
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:33 PM   #4
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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?
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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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
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:35 AM   #6
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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
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).
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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Don't leave it too long -- mine started arcing and caught fire a bit
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #8
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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
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^^ 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
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #10
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interesting to hear.. thanks for the link madonthemike.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #11
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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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