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      12-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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DIY: Replacing Inner Tail Bulb e90

This may seem like nonsense to some but I had to figure it out on my own so I figured, why not give some tips to the newbies like me.

For the steps I didn't tak a picture of, refer to Longtran's DIY guide here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4660

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1. Collect all the materials listed in LongTran's guide above. I would also buy a set of trim removers and pliers if you do not have them or if you can't find a "plug remover". here is what I bought: http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumati...2887045&sr=8-2

2. Ok, so first, open your trunk by pressing your key fob provided to you at the time of your vehicle purchase. If you did not receive a key fob at the time of purchase, you just plain stoopid.

3. Next, Unplug ONLY the top two plugs closest to the light you are looking to replace. This will most likely prove to be difficult even when using two screwdrivers so I recommend buying the trim removal kit listed above. And don't feel bad if you break the plugs, I broke two of them.

4. Locate your taillight

5.1 Follow Longtran's guide above and unscrew the one and only nut on the inside of the taillight
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5.2 You may be able to leave to screw in and just skip to step 6. It seems possible but I haven't tried it

6. From a picture below you will recognize the back plate of the taillights. Where I placed my thumb in that picture is where you are going to place your thumb

7. Now simultaneously press that clip with your thumb and peel off the back plate of the light

8. From another picture below you wil see the plate and the housing detached

9. Now, simply twist the old bulb 90 degrees and pull up then place the new bulb in.

10. Now test the light and if it works, proceed to reverse these steps

There ya are. Hardest step by far is taking the plugs off. That step probably took me 30min-1 hour with some breaks for frustration and tired arms.

Anyways, hope somebody gets something out of this, it's not difficult at all and it pretty much just follows Longtran's steps with a little extra

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Plug removal much easier than listed

To preface, I'm an 18-year-old with very little car experience. Even with this background removing the plugs in the trunk lid did not require a trim removal tool, so here's how.

It really is best to remove the trunk lid liner to have full access to the lights.

1. Unscrew the two black screws in the middle of the lid with an allen wrench. (It doesn't look like it fits, but trust me it does. It's an allen or torx fit.)

2. Locate one of the pins around the perimeter of the lid liner. Notice how it is actually two parts, a base that expands into the lid, and a straight pin that sits on top.

3. Take a flathead screwdriver and pry out the pin that sits on top, BUT NOT THE BASE. Look closely; it's two layers. Pry them apart and the pin will come out.

4. With the pin out, the base is loosened, probably enough to take out by hand.

5. Repeat for all pins in the lid, and now you have easy access to the lights!



Addendum: Also, you don't need to unscrew anything in the light itself. Keep the housing in, and to just change the bulb, press down on the center grey tab and pull out on the grey tab on the outside. The back of the light will come out and the bulbs are incredibly easy to access without removing the housing from the trunk lid.


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