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1995 BMW 325i Question: What would cause the right rear tailight not to work. the other lights work fine

 

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Dave Gipson, Glen Ellyn, IL, September 24, 2011, 15:46
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all other lights in fixture and on car work fine

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 24, 2011, 20:45
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    Most likely just a bad bulb or poor electrical connection at the bulb holder. Look at the bulb see if the bulb filament is broken or the bulb looks discolored or perhaps water is entering the lamp causing the bulb to fail prematurely. Check for power to the bulb.

    You would have to use a "12 volt test light" or preferably a volt meter.

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    Dave Gipson, September 25, 2011, 09:37
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    I switched the bulb and socket with the other side and it worked. what is a easy way to tell if I have power and ground?

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    May 08, 2012, 10:08
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    I've had this problem and resolve it by turning the lamp a couple times. The connection seems to oxidize. I have been doing this on my '95 for 5 years every once in a while.

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