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    Rear Cluster Light Issue

    Right guys,

    I keep getting a brake light error on the R/O/S brake light but I take it out look at it put it back in and all is good most of the time...

    Then... I get a BRAKE LIGHT FALURE warning on my OBC - I check it turn the engine off and ignition off then turn her back on and its gone... only a few miles later I get 1 brake light failure...

    I did have a Taillight failure BUT they were working... all lit up...

    Any one know what I mean... Could it be I have put the wrong bulb in???

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    i would like to know this, i get tail light error.

    i noticed it happens when i brake then indicate, im thinking i may have a bad earth somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickle View Post
    im thinking i may have a bad earth somewhere.
    Thats where i would start by checking the earths.

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    i had this in my old coupe


    ended up drop kicking the obc into the river nene

    funnily enough no more obc faults

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    I just turned my OBC Cheeck Control feature OFF - No more errors...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    Thats where i would start by checking the earths.
    Where should I start looking???

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    If you have an error but the brake lights are working fine then it is normally the brake light switch.

    If the light actually goes out then make sure the bulb holder and tracks it touches are free of corrosion, if they look good take the bulb out of the holder and make sure the bayonet cap on the bulb isn't growing green stuff and the same inside the holder.

    If you have an earth issue, if you get someone else to sit in the car with the lights on and engine running, then get them to put their foot on the brake, if all still good add the indicator on on that side, if things start to pulse / flash that should not that usually indicated a bad earch from the earth track on the light. The earth track is easy to spot when looking at the light, it is the only one in common to everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36coupe-328 View Post
    If you have an error but the brake lights are working fine then it is normally the brake light switch.

    If the light actually goes out then make sure the bulb holder and tracks it touches are free of corrosion, if they look good take the bulb out of the holder and make sure the bayonet cap on the bulb isn't growing green stuff and the same inside the holder.

    If you have an earth issue, if you get someone else to sit in the car with the lights on and engine running, then get them to put their foot on the brake, if all still good add the indicator on on that side, if things start to pulse / flash that should not that usually indicated a bad earch from the earth track on the light. The earth track is easy to spot when looking at the light, it is the only one in common to everything.
    Sounds to me I have the second issue of what you have explained... but I cant see no corrosion - I did give it a little sratch and whitish stuff was on it the bulb holder that is... all I can see on the cluster is scratches from the bulb holder... (Hope that makes sence)

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