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Old 03-23-2005, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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... so I did a search for fog lights, and strangely enough didn't find an answer to my relatively simple question.

Just driving around as normal this morning to work, and I was attempting to admire the reflection of my lights in the well waxed dark body of the car in front of me... when I realized my left fog light was out.
Huh.
I checked the light briefly before going to work - no scratches or cracks in the lens.
Now, I've replaced the easy to do brake lights and the somewhat more annoying spoiler lights, but I have a feeling this might be as complicated/annoying as the spoiler assembly or worse.
So the question: What kind of bulb do I need, where is the best place to get it, and how do I DIY?
Sorry if this is a repost, but the search engine doesn't let me look up "fog". Just "lights".
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh duh. Forgot the important stuff...
Car is an e36 m3 (1998) sedan, US-spec.
Fog lights are OEM.
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H1 Bulb... go for silverstars, they are kinda expansive, but they are well worth it
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H1 silverstars, gotcha. Best place to get them? And I can replace the bulb without swapping the assembly, right? Like I mentioned earlier, I've never dealth with fogs before.
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yeah the fog lights can be changed without changing the whole assy. it is kinda difficult but it can be done for sure. on the inside of the lence there is a hole that you can fit a screw driver in. pusha screw driver into the hole and push. the light assy should then pop out. and just get on side in the frame and oush the assy back in for re assembly.
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Cool thanks. Looked around, got the biggest number of agreeing instructions - and it sounds like you use a phillips to poke from the hole in the air dam to the front brakes towards the fog light, and the assembly shold pop out, and I shuold be prepared to catch it lest Ibreak it. I'll probably just put a whole crap load of cloth towels/rags on the floor to help if I don't catch the assembly. Alright - looks like I'll have it fixed tonight! I'll look at some H1 lamps then...
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yep thats about it. just remember that they don't always just pop out sometimes dirt and junk will get in there and make them hard to get out. but just take your time and it should be no prob to replace the bulb
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oh... does it just snap back in from whence it came? Or is there some weird thing I should know about putting them back in?
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they kinda havea hinge action going back in. like when you are putting it back in put the outside of the light in first then just push the other side (the side with the release hole) in untill it snaps into place.
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Got 'er done! Looks GREAT.
In fact, I was so impressed by everyone's GET SILVANIA SILVERSTARS attitude, that I foolishly purchased 3 pairs - the fogs I installed, and the headlamps and high beams are pending.
I opened up my trunk and... lo and behold, I saw Sylvania on the back ends of the low and high beams already!
Which leads me to another question...
I put in the silverstars in the fogs, which are MUCH nicer. But now the lows and highs look just a TAD off, but they're still much whiter than stock. Could this be from age (the car is a used one, and the previous owner apparently had sylvania somethings put in).
So I was wondering... could anyone identify what kind of Sylvanias are in my car?
I haven't pulled the lamps out, so I don't know if there's a colored ring to indicate (silver = silverstar, blue = cool blue, red = Xtra) what it is, but I did notice that the bases were a BEIGE color instead of the silverstar black.
Anyone got a clue as to what these might be? I went to the Sylvania site, and even the standards and long lifes have black bases. What Sylvania light has a beige base?
I don't want to replace the functional lights until I know that my silverstars will be better... And if those are already silverstars (albeit older and dimmer) I might as well use them to their useful end, right?
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