With the trunk lid closed I ran water over the tail light, focusing near the top of the light and trunk lid to simulate rain water run off. Inspect the tail light connector for signs of corrosion or burn marks. Remove first two plastic rivets on black trunk liner trim. As an additional option for this kit, we have included the High Beam Splitter set. Information given in this video does not guarantee the desired outcome. Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. The connectors can wear over time causing heat and melting.
Plastic housing for the bare connector. Has your fog light cracked or filled with moisture? Usually they melt along with the plug. If the connector is burnt or you still get the tail light warning with good bulbs installed, you may need to install an additional ground wire to the tail light holder. The repair kit comes with everything to do both sides. Figure 1 This photo shows the taillight on E46 models: they're split into two parts. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.
Upgrade your E46's styling with these Depo turn signals. The taillights on E46 models are split into two parts. November 6, 2018 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Find the harness junction, is there power and ground present for the bulb circuit? No more ugly orange egg yolk look in your clear corners. These are a direct replacement for your stock yellow parking light lenses and make a major change in the overall appearance of your car. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Anyway, I came across different chemicals people have tried to remove the tint, but I want to be sure I don't damage the tail light: gasoline, carburetor cleaner, brake cleaner, etc. When I looked at the edge of the tail light, you could see the spray taper off and get grainier.
I decided to do a water hose test to see if I could get the trunk leak to reveal itself. Note the lens is fluted on this light. Greatly improves long range visibility in night driving and low visibility conditions. If you see water starting to trickle out from behind the tail light into the trunk well, you have a bad tail light seal that will need to be fixed. These signals feature smoke lenses with black housings to give your vehicle a new look, replacing the dull amber turn signals. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. When I opened the trunk and looked in the trunk well, I could see water pouring in through a small hole behind the tail light.
Check your stock bulb and compare to photo before ordering. That will be cut off and the new ground wire attached to it. Look at this photo of the tail light mounting holes on the back of my car…it is very clear where my leak is! Morimoto's Retro-Quick system is a huge upgrade designed specifically for these failure prone headlights - this upgrade moves you from the standard Hella projector to the significantly more efficient and brighter projector design. I unfortunately diagnosed the problem as a water damaged amplifier due to a trunk leak see my article. When installing the new taillight lens, check that the taillight seal is in good condition, replace if necessary.
Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. One is mounted to the rear fender and the other in the trunk lid or tailgate. Grasp liner and pull out from underneath trim. Note the lens is fluted on this light. One is mounted to the rear fender green arrow and the other in the trunk lid purple arrow or tailgate.
Hey Eric, That sounds a lot like a basic connection issue. No more ugly orange egg yolk look in your clear corners. It won't destroy the paint on contact, so if you do accidentally get some on the paint gently dab it off with a paper towel don't rub it. The ground handles the most current, and typically is the one that suffers this issue. This part is mounted near the front sway bar link assembly. But I also noticed another issue; one of the three threaded studs that mounts the tail light to the body was also leaking. All of our articles are original and written by our staff.
They are plug an play and installs in the matter of minutes, with no bulb failures, flickering, codes and now problems to speak of. The top mounting hole if full of dirt and leaves…a dead giveaway that water is getting trapped and making its way into the trunk. Now i have from you photo: Driver-side-tail-light-connector 1 brown-white 2 brown 3 red-yellow 4 empty 5 pink-white 6 white-green 7 blue-green 8 black-green Gonna connect everything tomorrow, thumbs up! Upgrade your E46's styling with these Depo turn signals. The long brown wire is the new ground wire with a larger spade connector that can handle the current demands. These allow you to utilize the original mounting holes, making this upgrade an easy install with only a minimal amount of required trimming.
A good trick is to put pressure on the tail light with your hand while you spin the nuts back on the studs — this compresses the washers and makes tightening with your wrench easier. The lens in the trunk or tailgate houses the backup and rear fog light bulbs. Always check all light functions after this repair. Made to exceptionally high standards, Hella is the best choice for lighting replacement. Squeeze the tabs on the tail light connector to disconnect it. There's no question the Euro look is more pleasing to the eyes than the bright orange of the stock corner lights. Make sure all contacts are physically touching the bulb, and then start cleaning.
Remove the bulb housing for the left tail lamp and disconnect the plug. Turn latch counterclockwise and remove side panel from trunk. It's weird--the facelifted tails have a knob to twist, the prefacelift tails have a clip to keep it in place. Amber bulbs included or choose the Stealth bulbs for a cleaner look. If the connector was still good the factory ground wire would have been cut in half and both ends attached to the new ground wire. Getting the tape lined up and everything covered takes some time if you want to do it properly. Note the lens is fluted on this light.