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Old 04-01-2004, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I have read my owners manual and I am still confused about changing the front turn signal light bulb. Can any one tell me what holds the light assembly to the car and how do I get it off to change the bulb?

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its only one screw that holds it in place. in the very corner near the back of the lamp, look down one of those holes, you will see a screw. use your phillips to unscrew it, not all the way, then slide your corner lamp out to the front.

take a pic of the front area and i will circle where.....
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Here is another thread about changing the front turn signal indicator. Their is some good info enclosed. On an e46 no screws need to be removed to free the front corner blinker, just a tab needs to be depresed and the corner pops out.
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Here is another thread about changing the front turn signal indicator. Their is some good info enclosed. On an e46 no screws need to be removed to free the front corner blinker, just a tab needs to be depresed and the corner pops out.
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??really??

well mine had a screw? what e46 do you have?
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2000 328ci I had no screw to remove and have never seen a screw for the turn signal. The sedans may be different or the facelift could have changed how the lens is held in. But I have only a tab that locks into the headlight assembley.
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yeah. we are both right.
blackdog, if you a sedan, yes there is a screw
and if you have to 2dr, then no, there is no screw but a tab...
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I have a 2002 323IT. When I look down that oval hole I see a round disk that you can turn with a skrewdriver. Is this the thing that I need to turn?

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yes, its white with a screw in the middle. the hole would be in the fender where you would put the phillips through...

you dont need to unscrew it all the way. just about halfway and the lamp should slide right out...
install, reverse directions. but dont over tighten the screw...
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just to add fuel to the fire, I have a 2000. 328 4 door with no screw.
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should pull right out then... look for the tab...

if you would take a picture, i can help you alot better.
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come to think of it. if you wait til tomorrow i can take a picture of it. i have 2000 4dr 328 also. but i wont be home til 10pm tonite....so just wait til tomorrow and dont go break anything.
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you all gotta check this out. you may have already found it but there is a ton of handy DIY instructions for the e46 here
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i don't mean to hijack this thread, but some e46's have a screw and some just a tab. i have the 2-door coupe and mine has a screw.
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OH. blackdog, did you catch that?
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Thanks guys. I stuck the skrewdriver in that hole that I could not see into and prest down on a plastic tab, and that did the job. Thanks again!

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