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Old 07-06-2008, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how do i change the blinker light on an 04 3 series

ok i got an 04 330ci and i was tryin to change the blinker bulb but i have to one piece headlights so i was wondering if i have to take out the whole light fixture to do so and if so whats the easist way to do it
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Which blinker you're talking about? The front signal light comes in one piece and the rest of the light (hi & low beam) are sepoarate.

It's a little bit tricky but you don't need to take the whole fixture out. On the body sight right behind the blinker, there is a slot which with a 3" screw driver you cn get access to the clip that holds the blinker section. Push the clipper and slide the blinker out. There is another style that from the same slot you get access to a bolt that holds the blinker section.

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Which blinker you're talking about? The front signal light comes in one piece and the rest of the light (hi & low beam) are sepoarate.

It's a little bit tricky but you don't need to take the whole fixture out. On the body sight right behind the blinker, there is a slot which with a 3" screw driver you cn get access to the clip that holds the blinker section. Push the clipper and slide the blinker out. There is another style that from the same slot you get access to a bolt that holds the blinker section.

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i know what your talking about but its not like that on my car my car is 04 and after 04 they had the one piece headlights.. heres a pic
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can anyone help me with this.. i dont wanna take the whole thing out if i dont have to
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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anyone at all???
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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open the hood and take a picture?

im sure theres an easy way to change it.

maybe behind your wheel well guards?
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Yeah. Open the hood and show us what is there. You may have to remove the whole assembly, though
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Removing the entire assembly to change a bulb????!!!! I can't believe that. It's not German engineering. There must be an easy way. I'm sure there must be a clip or a bolt or something like that, that allows you to remove the bulb assembly. I guess the bets thing is if you can open the hood nad send a picture to us.
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OK ... I looked into this. There are two type of head lights for 2004's. Two piece types similar to my 2002 and one piece type as you've shown on your car. There is a long and narrow tubular bulb holder in the back of your blinker housing. Turn that clockwise (I guess) and slide it out. There is a small 21W yellow bulb connected to it. Change the bulb and do the things in reverse. You should be able to get it by a long nose pliers. It'll be hard though. I wouldn't take the entire assembly off the car as you will need to readjust the high and low beams ... it's just too much and nonsense.
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I figured there had to be a way do do it from within the engine bay.

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im gonna try today if i cant do it ill take more pics.. i appreciate the help
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thanks for the help guys i just found it i dont know how i missed it i guess i was looking too deep.... now do any of you know where i can buy a new side marker assembly... the one on the side of the fender.. i want to change the color from amber to white or blue but thats not a simle as just changing a bulb
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and oh yea you dont need pliers the connector sticks out pretty far
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both sites are pretty cool but they dont offer any other color for the bulbs in the sidemarker other than amber
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