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Old 12-29-2003, 09:43 PM   #1
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Brake light circuit - "Check Control"

i was driving around and the check control light comes on my 328is... the control computer said

"brake light circuit failure - check manual"

or something like that ... i restarted the car and it went away..


this is the second time it's done that!

anyone know what could cause this?

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Old 12-29-2003, 09:52 PM   #2
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it could be something as simple as a loose or burnt out bulb, or as complicated as a broken wire in the loom that goes to the tail lights.
I'd check each of the bulbs first and replace any with a broken filament
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Old 12-30-2003, 03:10 AM   #3
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thats good to hear ... the bulbs are fine .. they all light up
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Old 12-30-2003, 07:24 AM   #4
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Brake pedal switch, don't change it until the brake circuit message stays on consistantly.
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:10 PM   #5
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How much would that be? and where is it located?

I get employee discounts at the BMW dealer so im not that worried... if anybody needs parts just say... maybe ill get some for cheap...
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:13 PM   #6
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it's attached to the brake pedal

enjoy
http://www.geocities.com/karlkarlb/brakeswitch.html
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:13 PM   #7
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thank you very much .... more info here!

http://www.bimmerzone.com/brakelight.htm
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Old 12-30-2003, 04:51 PM   #8
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i had the same problem long time ago on mine, but it was still under warranty so they fixed it for free. but i forgot what exactly was broken.

and if a bulb burns out it says which one it is. i just had to replace my brake bulb a week ago.
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:01 PM   #9
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That message also show up sometimes when you install aftermarket tail-lights.
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:38 PM   #10
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lol...I've had that message showing up since I bought my car but If just never remebered to order the switch when im at the dealer...its apparently a very cheap fix.....one of the few on these cars...
heres another link..
http://www.geocities.com/karlkarlb/brakeswitch.html

EDIT: nevermind....I cant read......someone already posted this link....
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Old 12-30-2003, 11:26 PM   #11
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i've gotten this message twice so far a couple years ago. the first time i had to replace the brake bulbs, and second was the brake light switch. both were under warranty though.
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Old 12-30-2003, 11:58 PM   #12
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Bill Gates.....what size M rims are those?
mine look way smaller....and are urs staggered setup as well......
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Old 12-31-2003, 04:15 AM   #13
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Quote:
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Bill Gates.....what size M rims are those?
mine look way smaller....and are urs staggered setup as well......
Hey 325iSBimmer,

yes, my M Double Spokes are staggered. they are 225/45/17 front and 245/40/17 rear. Fronts are 7.5" wide, while the rears are 8.5" wide.

i don't know why mine look bigger, but i'm sure they are the same size, since they are both OEM.

here's a closer shot of my rims.... maybe its just the angle of your pic. that throws it off....
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Quote:
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here's a closer shot of my rims.... maybe its just the angle of your pic. that throws it off....

Naw, it's the fact that 325iSBimmer's car doesn't look like it's lowered yet. Once it's lowered, the wheels will tend to look larger (optical illusion )
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Old 12-31-2003, 10:57 PM   #15
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those rims would look great on my 328is...
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