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Front Side Marker and Rear Fog Light Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Side Marker and Rear Fog Light Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, gloves, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks

Applicable Models:

MINI Cooper (2007-11)
MINI Cooper S (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Light bulbs, sockets if needed, lens, trim pieces

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 MINI R56 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 rear fog lights are mounted in the lower rear bumper cover. These lights provide extra visibility from the rear when the fog lights are turned ON.

Bulb monitoring by frequency modulation (FM) is done both cold and hot (unlit or lit). In cold monitoring, FM 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, FM measures the current to individual lit bulbs to determine overload or a break in the circuit.

When dealing with bulb failures or bulb out messages, always inspect the electrical connector and taillight bulb holder. The connectors can wear over time causing heat and melting. Once the electrical connector on the harness side or the taillight socket has melted, you will have a poor connection and rear bulb faults or failures. If you find the connector is melted, you can repair it by installing a new plug pigtail and / or replacing the bulb socket assembly.

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 you're 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.

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Side Marker Bulb: The side marker lens and bulb (green arrow) can be separated from the plastic mounting bracket.
Figure 1

Side Marker Bulb: The side marker lens and bulb (green arrow) can be separated from the plastic mounting bracket. The mounting bracket emblem (red arrow) can also be separated and changed to suit your style.

Side Marker Bulb: Grab the side marker lens and push it toward the front (red arrow) of the vehicle while pulling the lens out of the fender.
Figure 2

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

Side Marker Bulb: This photo shows the hooks (red arrows) that secure the lens to the holes (green arrows) in the fender.
Figure 3

Side Marker Bulb: This photo shows the hooks (red arrows) that secure the lens to the holes (green arrows) in the fender.

Side Marker Bulb: Rotate the bulb socket counter-clockwise 45 degrees and remove it from the lens.
Figure 4

Side Marker Bulb: Rotate the bulb socket counter-clockwise 45 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. To replace the socket, press the electrical connector release tab and pull it straight off to remove it.

Side Marker Bulb: To replace the lens, press the spring clip (green arrow) and pull the lens out of the mounting bracket.
Figure 5

Side Marker Bulb: To replace the lens, press the spring clip (green arrow) and pull the lens out of the mounting bracket.

Side Marker Bulb: To replace the emblem, lever up the locking clip on the backside of the mounting bracket (red arrow).
Figure 6

Side Marker Bulb: To replace the emblem, lever up the locking clip on the backside of the mounting bracket (red arrow). Then slide the emblem off the bracket.

Side Marker Bulb: This photo shows the emblem removed.
Figure 7

Side Marker Bulb: This photo shows the emblem removed.

Rear Fog Light: The rear fog lights are mounted in the lower rear bumper cover (red arrow).
Figure 8

Rear Fog Light: The rear fog lights are mounted in the lower rear bumper cover (red arrow). These lights provide extra visibility from the rear when the fog lights are turned ON. Jack and safely support the rear of your vehicle.

Rear Fog Light: To replace the bulb or socket, press the electrical connector release tab and pull it straight off to remove it.
Figure 9

Rear Fog Light: To replace the bulb or socket, press the electrical connector release tab and pull it straight off to remove it.

Rear Fog Light: Rotate the bulb socket (green arrow) 45° and remove it from the lens.
Figure 10

Rear Fog Light: Rotate the bulb socket (green arrow) 45 degrees and remove it from the lens. Once you've removed the bulb socket, pull the bulb straight out to remove it.

Rear Fog Light: To replace the fog light lens, disconnect the electrical connector.
Figure 11

Rear Fog Light: To replace the fog light lens, disconnect the electrical connector. Then support the lens from the exterior side of the bumper. Then working behind the bumper, squeeze the locking tabs (green arrows) and press it out of the bumper. Be sure to support it from the exterior side or it will fall out and may break.

Rear Fog Light: Once the locking tabs are released, slide the lens out of the bumper cover and replace it with a new one.
Figure 12

Rear Fog Light: Once the locking tabs are released, slide the lens out of the bumper cover and replace it with a new one. Press the new one in place until two audible clicks are heard.

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