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This install takes 10 - 15 minutes.
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Step 1: Getting the required items together

This install requires:
  • 1 Set of Side Marker Bulbs
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • A BMW M3 (E46).
  • 10 - 15 minutes of free time.

Platinum Vision Side Marker Bulb

Step 2: Releasing the side marker housing

  • Take a small flat screwdriver and insert it at the forward edge of the side marker light housing. Be careful not to scratch the paint!
  • Push the blade of the screwdriver toward the back of the car - you will feel the housing move about 1 - 2mm toward the rear.
  • Pull out the front of the side marker housing to release it.

Pushing the Housing Back

Front of the Housing Released

Step 3: Removing the side marker housing

  • Once the front of the housing is free move it forward to release the rear end.
  • You have to rotate the housing 90 degrees to pull it free of the vehicle.
  • Don't yank the housing all the way out or you will spend the next few hours fishing for plug inside the fender.

Rotating the Housing

Step 4: Getting at the bulb

  • Grab the base of the assembly (right above where the wires enter - see image).
  • While holding the rear of the assembly, rotate the housing counter clockwise (about a quarter turn).
  • Once the housing is released pull it off exposing the bulb.

Releasing the Housing

Exposed Side Marker Bulb

Step 5: Replacing the bulb

  • Gently pull the bulb straight out of the socket (do not try to rotate it).
  • Notice the 2 tabs inside the socket.
  • Align the tabs on the new bulb with the tabs inside the socket and gently push the bulb into place.

Close up of Socket

Step 6: Reassembly

  • Reassemble the housing in reverse steps.
  • Insert the rear end of the assembled housing into the slot in the fender.
  • Push it back to compress the retaining clip.
  • Snap front into place.
  • You're done!

Reinstalling the Assembly

Finished Job with Platinum Vision Bulb

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