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Old 01-27-2004, 04:43 AM   #1
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how to change fog light bulbs on coupe

does anyone know how to do this??
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Old 01-27-2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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There are 2 ways of changing them on my car. One way is through the front, by unscrewing the fog assembly, and the other way is through the back, behind the bumper. It looks as if you can't access it through the front by looking at your sig( I may be wrong). By doing this behind the bumper, you need to first turn your wheels either to the left or to the right depending on which side you do first. This gives you access to the wheel well. There are 4 screws. 2 that you will see right away, and 2 underneath the bumper. You need to unscrew these to pry back the piece of plastic in the wheel well. You will then see behind the bumper, and will have access to your foglight assembly. May be a little tight to work on though. I'm still not sure if there is an easier way of doing this on the facelifted e46's. Good luck. Hope this helped.
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Old 01-27-2004, 10:41 PM   #3
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There are 2 ways of changing them on my car. One way is through the front, by unscrewing the fog assembly, and the other way is through the back, behind the bumper. It looks as if you can't access it through the front by looking at your sig( I may be wrong). By doing this behind the bumper, you need to first turn your wheels either to the left or to the right depending on which side you do first. This gives you access to the wheel well. There are 4 screws. 2 that you will see right away, and 2 underneath the bumper. You need to unscrew these to pry back the piece of plastic in the wheel well. You will then see behind the bumper, and will have access to your foglight assembly. May be a little tight to work on though. I'm still not sure if there is an easier way of doing this on the facelifted e46's. Good luck. Hope this helped.
thanks, but i'm not trying to change it on the facelifted model. i also have a coupe and that is the one i want to change
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:10 PM   #4
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here is what i found on E46Fanatics, i hope this helps others

1. Start by squeezing (compressing) the long lateral piece on one side and pull away from car. Work your way across in a similar manner. Set this piece aside.

2. Now you should be able to see two phillips head screws securing the fog light case and laterals to the front of your car. Remove these.

3. Grab the fog light laterals and slide them towards the fog light (as indicated in the picture to the right). They should move a noticeable amount and then pull out. This may require a little force, but they will come out.

4. Grab the fog light laterals and slide them towards the fog light (as indicated in the picture to the right). They should move a noticeable amount and then pull out. This may require a little force, but they will come out.

5. The picture to the right shows how to remove the stock bulbs. First push down on the clip and then slide the bulb out. BE SURE TO NEVER TOUCH THE GLASS OF ANY BULB!! The oil from your fingers could cause the bulb to burst when lit.

6. Replace with your new bulb and reinstall all the pieces you took out. Pay attention to this little pin as you must first put this in before the foglight case can be reinstalled. You will know exactly what I am talking about when you have yours in your hand.
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Old 01-29-2004, 03:21 AM   #5
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Yes, thats the easiest way to do it if it's a non-facelifted E46 coupe.
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:04 AM   #6
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In my opinion going through the back is easier because basically u take a total of 5 to like 7 screws out and there is no playing around wit nothing the plastic piece pops off and there is the whole assemble wit easy access to twist and pull the socket out i suggest taking off the wheel since it takes 5 extra minutes and you have no hard times putting the plastic back on
i just did this today my piaa bulbs blew which were supposed to be the best
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Is your bulb burnt out or are you putting a different bulb in?
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Old 02-03-2004, 11:37 PM   #8
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Is your bulb burnt out or are you putting a different bulb in?
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