From digest.v7.n153 Thu Aug 21 21:08:04 1997
From: Kevin Sullivan <Kevin_Sullivan_at_geoworks.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 17:52:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: bmw-digest V7 #152 (fwd)
I was looking through the NHTSA recall notices for '87 535is, as I also
have one and discovered this notice regarding sticking brake lights.
Maybe it is what is ailing your car. I suppose you could go to your local
BMW dealer and have them look up your cars VIN number and see if the
defective brake light switch has been replaced.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 86V151000
Component: BRAKES:HYDRAULIC:SWITCH:BRAKE LIGHT
Manufacturer: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE
Year of Recall: '86
Type of Report: Vehicle
Potential Number of Units Affected: 97,300
BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH COULD OVERHEAT, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO MELTING OF PLASTIC
INTERNAL PARTS IN AREA OF ELECTRICAL CONTACTS.
CONSEQUENCE OF DEFECT: SWITCH PLUNGER COULD JAM, RENDERING BRAKE LIGHTS
INOPERATIVE OR CONTINUOUSLY ILLIMINATED, REGARDLESS OF BRAKE PEDAL OPERATION.
REPLACE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH WITH REVISED SWITCH WITH INCREASED ELECTRICAL LOAD
SYSTEM: BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH.
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS WITH HIGH BRAKE LIGHTS.
For more information on recalls goto:
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 16:17:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Help! E28 Brakelights stick....
My '87 535is's brakelights will stay on when the brake pedal is released...at
night, I can see the middle light stay on, and I can tap on the brake pedal
(sometimes multiple times) and the light will come off. During the day,
look at the computer readout, the intensity lessens as the brakelight comes
on, and if I tap the pedal until the intensity increases, I know my brake
lights are off. Obviously, I'm tired of tapping. When the brake pedal is
depressed, the radio will either die out for a couple of seconds, or no
affect will be seen. (Another problem?) I also have the front shudder when
braking, (which I understand the fix for) though the brakes seem to work
fine. The Brake light warning on the ceiling of the car comes on when I
initially start, but it goes off the first time I hit the brake. Finally,
it's worse on cold, wet days, at times, even difficult to get the light
off....I'd appreciate any help as I'm a poor college boy that fortunately is
good with a wrench......