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spathak
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Sep 5, 2017, 10:59 PM

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I have a 1998 BMW 328i, 2.8L 6 cylinder with 158K miles on it.g

Both my brake lights are not working. I have checked the bulbs, they look fine. I am not sure whether BMW 1998 hazard lights use the brake lights when flashing, but when I switch on the hazard lights, only turn signal lights flash (it could be that brake lights are not supposed to flash for hazard signal in the model so I am not sure). I have also changed the brake light fuse (no. 46). Online posts suggest changing the brake switch but I don't know where it is located. Youtube videos only talk about BMW E36 model and not BMW 1998 328i. I want to know if there are any other things I can try before trying to replace the brake switch. Also, where is the brake switch located in 1998 BMW 328i?


(This post was edited by spathak on Sep 5, 2017, 10:59 PM)


Hammer Time
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Sep 6, 2017, 6:45 AM

Post #2 of 13 (386 views)
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Does the 3rd (high mount) brake light work?



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spathak
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Sep 6, 2017, 10:58 AM

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My car looks like the one in the link below. I don't think it has a third brake light:
https://www.google.com/search?biw=1097&bih=566&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=bmw+1998+328i+back&oq=bmw+1998+328i+back&gs_l=psy-ab.3...22304.23197.0.23492.5.5.0.0.0.0.76.310.5.5.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0.64kxl6m7GGM#imgrc=ynFj0YvXfiFdVM:


Hammer Time
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Sep 6, 2017, 11:00 AM

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Yes, they all have a 3rd brake light. It's the law.

It's either on the trunk lid or the back window.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Sep 6, 2017, 11:02 AM)


spathak
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Sep 6, 2017, 11:12 AM

Post #5 of 13 (361 views)
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Here is a pic of my car. Where is the third brake light located?



http://autoforums.carjunky.com/photos/pic/375hA7ZN/1263.jpg


Hammer Time
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Sep 6, 2017, 11:14 AM

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It's right in the rear window



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Sep 6, 2017, 11:18 AM

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That is a brake light






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spathak
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Sep 6, 2017, 11:20 AM

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I see you already answered my question. It looks like it is on the back window. I don't think it is working. I tested the brake lights yesterday at night when it was dark, and nothing turned on when brakes were pressed. What could be the issue?


Hammer Time
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Sep 6, 2017, 1:16 PM

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The bulb has probably been burnt out for ages since you didn't even know the light was there. You should try a bulb there first.



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spathak
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Sep 9, 2017, 11:37 AM

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You were right. The third bulb was burned. I just bought a new one from Walmart and replaced it. Tested the brake lights after replacing the third brake light. None of them were working. I bought a brake switch as well. I opened the cover under the steering wheel and connected the new brake switch. The brake lights are now working. The problem now is how to put the new switch in that metal socket. The old one was very difficult to pull out so I broke it into pieces. I have made 5-6 attempts to put the new brake switch. I have to twist my body, hold a torch and push the brake light switch with my left hand. I am assuming that it will snap in place. Is there a different method to put the brake light in that socket. It is just an iron square socket right (I hope I didn't break any plastic section attached to the iron socket when I was breaking the old brake switch).


(This post was edited by spathak on Sep 9, 2017, 12:00 PM)


Hammer Time
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Sep 9, 2017, 11:52 AM

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It just snaps into place and self adjusts when you release the pedal. Make sure there are no pieces of the old one still there.



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spathak
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Sep 9, 2017, 11:58 AM

Post #12 of 13 (294 views)
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Just made another attempt. This is a Youtube video that shows that one should pull the red tube out before installing it and ask someone to press the brake pedal...Followed this, and was able to install it in one attempt.

Thank you for all the help Hammertime. Have a great weekend.

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Y8zzu48jM


Hammer Time
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Sep 9, 2017, 12:07 PM

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OK, glad you got it resolved.

I'll close this now as solved.



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