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I need to replace the fog light bulb in my 1996 318is and I am having trouble removing the fog light assembly. I have the Bentley repair manual so I know how to remove it, but the thing just doesn't want to come out. Has anyone else had this problem, or does anyone know any tricks on how to remove the fog light assembly?
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take a screwdriver and pry the top inner corner or the light out... it will easily pop right out.... then it will pop right back in!

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I had this same problem last week. The way it says in the manual didn't work for me. I had to use a bit of force on the top corner (like Cruzin said) to get it to come out.

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I did mine a few months ago. you have to pop a little lock in the corner of the light. you cant see it very easy but once you get it the light will come right out. I felt so stupid when i finally got it out i almost riped my bumper off then i found the lock and it fell right out
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Be very careful when you do this! I broke the little clip that holds the foglight in the first time I tried and I had to pay $50 (Canadian) to buy another one. Of course they don't sell the clip by itself, they sell the whole bracket assembly.

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I'll post some pics if I can find my old bracket.

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YES... be gentel... being that there is a very small plastic piece that could either break on the fog light it self..or the lock... so just be carefull.. you dont want to have to buy either one again.


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oh how fun that was, just think of how it works... then you'll do it in 5 secs...
you need some force to get them things back in also

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those insrutctions were vague at best. come on guys, you can do better!

anyway, take a flathead screwdriver and insert it trhough the slot on the inside of the bumper next to the foglight. You'll see two, put it in the top one. Feel/look around until you can feel/see the screwsdriver head in a slot. Thats the retaining clip. press on it and the light will pop out and can then be removed.

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just like Mech said...I did the same thing to BOTH my housings...then they cost $17 at the dealer to put the fuck back in.... ghead

And I followed the directions in the factory manual that came with the car...And now I have to buy new fuckin fogs because one is all faded inside and yellow and the other was smashed in by the skull of a raccoon that I ran over and mangled...

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what i found out really helps just look right down through your engine bay and locate the fog lamp assembly after that just look for two holes and just guide the flat head screwdriver in from the front, you should see a groove that would fit with the screwdriver and just push it, shouldnt take much force if it does dont continue because i almost broke mine that way

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Thanks for the help guys. When I remove my fog light assembly I'll let you know how it went.
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Be very careful when you do this! I broke the little clip that holds the foglight in the first time I tried and I had to pay $50 (Canadian) to buy another one. Of course they don't sell the clip by itself, they sell the whole bracket assembly.

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HA! My ass is just as dumb as yours! <grin>

I, too (just yesterday) broke that little clip. Why didn't I read this thread first, you might ask? Because the damn manual made it sound EZ! Just use a screwdriver, it said! Right! If you miss "to the right", you can be pushing on the wrong side of the clip and can easily break it off. Make sure that you are IN the proper fitted slot. Now I'm stuck trying to find a new/used/junkyard "fog lamp bracket". My local dealer wants $44.00, online I've found one used for $30.00 including shipping. Well, screw that, I'm headed for the junkyard, maybe I can find "just" the clip, which appears to slide right on top of the housing. Oy vey.

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