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Front Light Bulbs Replacement
 
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Front Light Bulbs Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

**

Tools:

flathead, Phillips screwdriver, 8mm nut driver

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Light bulbs, sockets if needed

Hot Tip:

Do not touch bulbs with bare hands

Performance Gain:

Working exterior lights

Complementary Modification:

Replace bulbs in pairs

There are a number of exterior light bulbs around your BMW E60 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 turn signal bulb is mounted in the headlight and serviceable without removing the headlight.

E60 exterior bulbs are monitored by the Light Module (LM), which also monitors adaptive headlight function (where equipped) and controls instrument panel dimming. LM is also capable of switching lighting functions in case of a fault. For example, in case of a taillight bulb failure, brake light bulbs are used as a substitute.

Bulb monitoring by LM is done both cold and hot (unlit or lit). In cold monitoring, LM sends brief current pulses to unlit bulbs to measure their resistance. The pulses are too short to illuminate bulbs but serve the purpose of evaluating whether an individual bulb or bulb circuit is defective. In hot monitoring, LM measures the current to individual lit bulbs to determine overload or a break in the circuit.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Turn Signal Bulb: 
Turn Signal Bulb: The turn signal bulb (green arrow) is located in the headlight assembly, near the connection to the front fender.
Figure 1

Turn Signal Bulb: The turn signal bulb (green arrow) is located in the headlight assembly, near the connection to the front fender.

Turn Signal Bulb: Rotate the bulb holder 45° counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight.
Figure 2

Turn Signal Bulb: Rotate the bulb holder 45 degrees counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight.

Then pull the bulb (yellow arrow) out of the socket (green arrow) and replace it.
Figure 3

Turn Signal Bulb: Then pull the bulb (yellow arrow) out of the socket (green arrow) and replace it. Inspect the socket. If there are signs of corrosion, replace the socket. To install, reverse the instructions.

Side Marker Bulb:
Side Marker Bulb: Grab the side marker lens and push it toward the rear (green arrow) of the vehicle while pulling the rear of the lens out of the fender.
Figure 4

Side Marker Bulb: Grab the side marker lens and push it toward the rear (green arrow) of the vehicle while pulling the rear of the lens out of the fender. Angle the front of the lens out of the fender while detaching the spring clip (red arrow).

Side Marker Bulb: Press the electrical connector tab to release it from the bulb socket and pull it off.
Figure 5

Side Marker Bulb: Press the electrical connector tab to release it from the bulb socket and pull it off.

Side Marker Bulb: Rotate the bulb socket (green arrow) counter-clockwise 90° and remove it from the lens.
Figure 6

Side Marker Bulb: Rotate the bulb socket (green arrow) counter-clockwise 90 degrees and remove it from the lens. When rotating, you will have to overcome the locking tab. It will pop over the ridge when rotated and allow the bulb socket to be removed. Then pull the bulb out of the socket (green arrow) to replace it. To install, reverse the instructions.

Front Driving Light:
Front Driving Light: To access the halo (driving light) bulb, rotate the access door 30° and remove it from the headlight.
Figure 7

Front Driving Light: To access the halo (driving light) bulb, rotate the access door 30 degrees and remove it from the headlight.

Front Driving Light: Rotate the high beam bulb holder (red arrow) 45° and remove it from the headlight.
Figure 8

Front Driving Light: Rotate the high beam bulb holder (red arrow) 45 degrees and remove it from the headlight. The halo bulb (green arrow) is just below it.

Front Driving Light: Rotate the halo bulb (green arrow) 45° and remove it from the headlight.
Figure 9

Front Driving Light: Rotate the halo bulb (green arrow) 45 degrees and remove it from the headlight. Once rotated, feed the electrical connector portion backward, into the headlight. Then pull it up to remove it. It is a tight fit.

Front Driving Light: Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) from the bulb (green arrow) and install a new bulb.
Figure 10

Front Driving Light: Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) from the bulb (green arrow) and install a new bulb. When installing the new bulb, connect the electrical connector to the new bulb. Then feed it into the headlight electrical connector first. Then install it into the headlight and reverse the remaining steps.

Fog Light: 
Fog Light: Jack the vehicle and remove the front wheel after securing the front of the vehicle on jack stands.
Figure 11

Fog Light: Jack the vehicle and remove the front wheel after securing the front of the vehicle on jack stands. Refer to the jacking the car up article for more information. Working at the lower corner of the front bumper, remove the two splash shield 8mm fasteners (green arrows). Then, remove the plastic rivet (yellow arrow). To remove the plastic rivet, use a small pick to push the center pin into the rivet. Then lever the rivet out using a trim panel tool.

Fog Light: Remove the corner splash shield from the bumper by pulling it down toward the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 12

Fog Light: Remove the corner splash shield from the bumper by pulling it down toward the rear of the vehicle.

Fog Light: Disconnect the fog light electrical connector by pressing the release tab and pulling it off.
Figure 13

Fog Light: Disconnect the fog light electrical connector by pressing the release tab and pulling it off.

Fog Light: Rotate the fog light bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it.
Figure 14

Fog Light: Rotate the fog light bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it. Then pull the bulb out of the socket and replace it. If replacing the fog light lens, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows). Then remove the lens from the bumper. Install the fog lights in the reverse order of removal.


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Comments and Suggestions:
Robert Comments: I would like to know how to change the dim light bulb on BMW 5 series 2004 3 litre. I have looked in the wheel arch no access plate and from the top looks like no access.

Many thanks.

Robert.
July 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: dim light? If it is a head light bulb, remove the access panels at the rear of the headlights. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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