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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Bumping this. No one seemed to have a clue last time
Anyone have any idea what this issue is about?
All my bulbs work fine, yet I get the fast blinking on the dash.

I searched but found little help.
Everyone says tail light bulb housing.

I searched for "e46 replace bulb housing"
e46 replace bulb housing - Google Search
This only leads to bulb replacement info.
This clearly is not what I am looking for.
How do you suggest I help myself next?



I see this for removing the tail lights

But, what part number do I need to replace it with?
Do I need to cut wires?
Do I need to replace the entire tail light assembly?


What part is typically bad?
The wiring harness or the tail light housing?
 

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It usually means one of the blinker bulbs is intermittent. Check all the turn single bulbs and sockets for corrosion. In my case the connector to the socket for the front corner bulb must have been corroded. I sprayed contact cleaner in the connector and connected/disconnected a few times to clean the contacts and that seemed to solve the problem. In my case it turned on the bulb out indictor on the dash so I knew which bulb was the culprit.
 

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My right front did that intermittently, along with the bulb out warning that would come and go. Turned out the contact on the end of the bulb was worn almost entirely away. Original bulb, so I can't really complain.
 

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How do you replace the bulb socket?
Do you need to cut the wires and splice a new one in?
Anyone got a part number?
 

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Damn man, can't help yourself at all I'm sorry to say. There are guides everywhere on how to do those things. I don't want to come off as an ass but people really need to help themselves first.
I searched for "e46 replace bulb housing"
https://www.google.com/search?q=e46+replace+bulb+housing

This only leads to bulb replacement info.
This clearly is not what I am looking for.

How do you suggest I help myself next?
 

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
I read through your post but did not see which bulb doesn't blink at first. Does the Dashboard not indicate which?

RealOEM is your friend for finding part numbers.
I already looked at RealOEM.
The problem is I don't know which I will need to replace.
The wiring harness or the tail light housing itself.
That is why I asked someone to help me find a tutorial on what to replace.

Part #3 or #15 ??
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=AV53-USA-05-2001-E46-BMW-330i&diagId=63_0459

Is this what people replace?
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products?keywords=63217165955

or This?
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products?keywords=61138369702
 

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
Bumping this. Never got an answer last time.
All my bulbs work fine, yet I get the fast blinking on the dash.
Anyone know how to replace the housing?
 
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