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Old 08-06-2004, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys! Pretty simple question:

I got a 318i 1998 with BMW alarm/keyless system. I have a red L.E.D. near the ASC button (also near the heated seat button).

I want to change that old and ugly red L.E.D. but I'm scared of damaging the dash or the electrical system... What kinda L.E.D. should I put there? Is it really complicated to change? How do you remove that plastic thing that holds the red led? ghead


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Old 08-06-2004, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think, But i am not sure, JUst take a flathead screwdriver and pop that little piece with thew L.E.D out, then cut the Wire connecting the led, then connect a new LED to the same wire u cut...( thats just common sense, i don't know if that correct, but oh well!!! LOLOL) GOOD LUCK
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Ok, but LEDS have different Watts I think? Can I put any leds to replace that??

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go to the FAQ section El Prez as a solution for ya
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Old 08-06-2004, 12:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think its in FAQ. might be, i dunno.

Anyway, if you click the push start DIY, it explains how to remove that part of the console. The tab simply pops out from behind. When replacing the LED, im not suree what kind you would need.

Alternatively, you could also opt to move the LED to the mirror using that DIY, and then route the wire behind the headliner, down the column trim, behind the GB, and connect it to the factory leads. That sounds a lot harder than it is. i'd explain it further, but lunch just arrived.
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I have not done this mod, but the way to know for sure is to pull the existing LED, and take a volt meter to find out the voltage being fed to the existing LED. Then you can purchase an appropriate LED. By the way. LRD's asre not like light bulbs there is a positive and a negativer lead..you must wire them correctly. hope this helps
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I'll go to a store that sells LEDs and I'll buy a few to be sure one of them is OK. I'll check what it looks inside that dash board

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Read across the leads with a volt meter to see how much power is going through there then get the correct LED forit. Otherwise you're going to see LED fireworks like I did.
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