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Old 8th January 2009, 02:40   #1
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Fog Light Bulb Replacement for E39 M5 w/ Pics

So I found a thread that talks about replacing the fog light and bulb but with no pictures. I ordered some newer bulbs just because I wanted something newer/brighter and I thought I'd picture catalog the steps. I figured some of the newer dudes might find this helpful. The swap is very straight forward:

Disclaimer: Any fixing you do on your car is your responsibility and I won't be held liable for any damages incurred.

Step 1. Clean the area around the light with canned or pressurized air. Pry the plastic covering around the light with your hand with emphasis toward the outside of the car. You can use a flathead screw driver but you may end up scratching the plastic covering or paint. It takes some wrist grease and it should just pop out.

Step 2. The area around the light fixture is dirty so I took the chance to clean it and the fixture as well.

Step 3. The screw toward the center is the one you want to loosen with an 8mm attachment.

Step 4. With some minor movements the fog light fixture just comes out.

Step 5. To remove the old light bulb you'll have to twist it out of the fog light fitting and lift the small tab that holds it in place. I found that using a flathead screw driver works best as using your fingers may break the small tab.

Step 6. To remove the bulb takes a bit of prying it out. Placing the newer bulb is a matter of sliding it in until the tab snaps into place holding it there.

Step 7. With the new bulbs in place, slide the fog light fixture back into place making sure to align the tab on the outside properly. The screw hole, so to speak, should line up as well. Screw it back and snap the plastic covering back into place.

Voila! I was happy with the new lights, they're nice, bright, and give off a whiter light I kept the old ones just in case.
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What type and wattage bulbs did you use?
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What color or type of bulb did you install? Did you replace your headlights or headlight bulbs also?
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Hella High Performance Blue Bulbs - 9006 Bulb - 55 Watts
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See above post for color and type of bulb.

I didn't replace my headlights/headlight bulbs although I am considering upgrading to AngeliBright V3.0 for my angel eyes.
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Thanks for info.
I purchased AE from Umnitza but was overcharged and have had a tough time getting a refund.
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The photo shows a pack with 80W on it, but I've never seen 80W bulbs before.
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Keep in mind that more wattage will mean shorter life on these bulbs.
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Good, informative post.
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The photo shows a pack with 80W on it, but I've never seen 80W bulbs before.
Hmm, good eye - I didn't even notice They either sent me the wrong light bulb pack or it's a type-o on their website
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