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Old 12-08-2003, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My brake light is out my light is red when my lights are on but when i push on the brakes the brake light doesnt come on what kind of bulb do i need to buy how much $ and what does the bulb look like? and do the taillight housings come otu easy?
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i think its a 1156 ,, may not mean much but thats how i remember it at my mechanics shop..


bulbs cost like 5 dollars or less, just go to your local bmw dealership and pick one up , they are better than the kind you get at aftermarket stores or even your local pep boys.


no housing to take out , you remove the black cover (its got a dial on it) then you pull the proper bulb holder out. once you get the black cover you'll see its straight forward.
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You don't need to go to the dealer to buy the bulbs, sylvania at pep boys is just as good as anything. They usually have a little electronic thing that will let you look up your car and tell you the numbers for headlights and taillights.
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Affirmative if you want you can go to the dealer but i buy most of my replacement bulbs from Pep Boys or Kragen Auto Parts and they seem to work just fine...
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they for some reason dont last as long, ive done the test twice , OEM on one side, aftermarker on the other. im still on the OEM's and the aftermarkets have been replaced twice now they are OEM.
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i agree. Especially amber bulbs. The ones from cheap stores like walmart burn the orange off, but the OEMs dont.
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they're not that hard and the bulbs are pretty cheap... get the aftermarket ones, PIAA
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