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BMW Front Exterior Light Bulbs Replacement
 
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BMW Front Exterior Light Bulbs Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Light bulbs, sockets if needed, license plate light lens

Hot Tip:

Replace bulbs in pairs

Performance Gain:

Working exterior lights

Complementary Modification:

Replace bulbs in pairs

There are a number of exterior light bulbs around your BMW E90 that require maintenance. The front side marker lights are located in the front fender and work in conjunction with the turn signal light next to the headlight. The front fog light is mounted in the bumper cover and is accessible from behind the wheel well liner. The head lights can be accessed from the engine compartment but it is much easier to work from wheel well.

Side Marker Bulb:
Grab side marker lens and push toward rear of vehicle while pulling rear of lens out of fender.
Figure 1

Grab side marker lens and push toward rear of vehicle while pulling rear of lens out of fender.

Press electrical connector tab to release from bulb socket and pull off.
Figure 2

Press electrical connector tab to release from bulb socket and pull off. (green arrow)

Rotate bulb holder counter-clockwise 90° and remove from lens.
Figure 3

Rotate bulb holder counter-clockwise 90° and remove from lens. When rotating, you will have to overcome locking tab (green arrow). It will pop over ridge when rotated and allow bulb socket to be removed.

Then pull bulb out of socket to replace.
Figure 4

Then pull bulb out of socket to replace. To install, reverse instructions.

Turn Signal Bulb:
To access turn signal bulb without removing front section of wheel well liner, remove the access door.
Figure 5

To access turn signal bulb without removing front section of wheel well liner, remove the access door. Working at front of wheel well liner, rotate access panel locks 180° to unlock. (green arrows) Then remove access panel door from wheel well liner.

With the access door removed, you can service the turn signal bulb (green arrow).
Figure 6

With the access door removed, you can service the turn signal bulb (green arrow).

Rotate bulb holder 45° counterclockwise and remove from headlight.
Figure 7

Rotate bulb holder 45° counterclockwise and remove from headlight. Then pull bulb out of socket and replace. To install, reverse instructions.

 Fog Light: Remove from section of wheel well liner. See our tech article on front wheel well liner removing.
Disconnect fog light electrical connector by pressing release tabs (green arrows) and pulling off.
Figure 8

Disconnect fog light electrical connector by pressing release tabs (green arrows) and pulling off.

Rotate fog light bulb socket counterclockwise to remove.
Figure 9

Rotate fog light bulb socket counterclockwise to remove. Then pull bulb out of socket and replace.

To replace fog light lens, remove two 10mm fasteners.
Figure 10

To replace fog light lens, remove two 10mm fasteners. (green arrows) Then pull fog light out of bumper cover. Install fog light in reverse order of removal.

Adjust fog light aim using adjuster located at front of bumper.
Figure 11

Adjust fog light aim using adjuster located at front of bumper. (green arrow).

Front Driving Light:
To access halo bulb without removing front section of wheel well liner, remove the access door.
Figure 12

To access halo bulb without removing front section of wheel well liner, remove the access door. Working at front of wheel well liner, rotate access panel locks 180° to unlock. (green arrows) Then remove access panel door from wheel well liner.

To replace halo bulb, unlock spring on headlight bulb access door.
Figure 13

To replace halo bulb, unlock spring on headlight bulb access door. (green arrow) Then remove access door from headlight.

With the access door removed, rotate halo bulb socket 45° counterclockwise to remove.
Figure 14

With the access door removed, rotate halo bulb socket 45° counterclockwise to remove.

Pull bulb straight out of socket to remove, install new bulb and reinstall.
Figure 15

Pull bulb straight out of socket to remove, install new bulb and reinstall.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Brett Comments: Hi I've noticed that the driving light figures 12 - 15 mentioned in the article above isn't listed in the parts needed for this project section. I couldn't easily find it in the vast number of lamps that you have available for this car. Could you provide a link to it please? Thank you!
November 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.


Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: I have a 2008 bmw 328i e93 convertible. I need to replace hid light but I do not have the access panel under wheel well. Is there another way to change it. Why is my car different?
August 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall convertible models having a solid wheel well liner. You will have to remove it to access the bulb. http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/BODY-Wheel_Well_Liner_Replacement/BODY-Wheel_Well_Liner_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Randall Comments: 2010 328xiT. Canadian car w/xenon headlights. Halos out on passenger side. Can't find a video that shows the bulb replacement procedures for this headlight. Doesn't appear to have the BMW-only halo bulb below the access panel. Help?
June 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Canadian car maybe different from US, haven't seen any with this difference.

The bulb may be next to the headlight bulb inside the housing. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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