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Third brake light

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Themoog2
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Third brake light

Post by Themoog2 » Fri May 21, 2021 6:17 am

I've noticed that some of the bulbs on my 3rd high level brake light are not working. Can these be taken apart or is it a while new unit job?

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Re: Third brake light

Post by X5Sport » Fri May 21, 2021 1:11 pm

It’s an LED strip so will need disassembly and electronics work on the PCB within. RealOEM only shows it as a complete unit.

Two types, Red or White (as in the lens colour). Anywhere from about £80 upwards new, less 2nd hand. BMW will want a lot more (£114).

If you can identify the LEDs and are handy with a soldering iron then it should be straightforward.
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Re: Third brake light

Post by henrym3 » Fri May 21, 2021 2:15 pm

Try the local scrappy and then tinker with your old one at leisure

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Re: Third brake light

Post by Alan Gunn » Sat May 22, 2021 6:12 am

One side stopped working about 5 LED's on mine and i found a very easy fix as it was a common thing well with the e53.
I have looked and looked for the youtube video and googled it but for the life of me i can't find it.
It was a case of taking the light off cutting a small bit out of the rear of it and soldering a jump wire in.
Mine is still working 4 years later.
Easiest to go to the scrap yard if you have one or find one on the bay lol i just like to fix things if i can.

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