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Old 08-23-2006, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, how do I get access to the rear license plate bulbs?....one has burned out. This is on a 1997 328ic. If anyone has done this minor proceedure, can you tell me how to do it? Thanks!
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if its the same as my 93' then u have to take off the whole black part that the two lights are in, i think there is only 2 screws. kinda cool how the obd told me that it was burned out tho lol
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the OBC did tell me that one burned out, the other is still lit. the small shroud that shields these lights comes off easily from 4 slotted screws. Once it is off, I'm not sure what to pull or pry on .....I don't want to break a little plastic part to get access to the bulb. Anyone got any experience here?
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You're right. Take the four screw out. Then that strip will come off. This will expose the plastic light covers. Using a screw driver (gently) you can pry the plastic thing off. If memory serves me right, it is installed similar to the side markers. Word of caution, make sure to keep the thin rubber strip that attaches to the bulb housing. You don't really want to break or lose that.
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thanks, I'll give that a try. --
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