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E38gurl 08-20-2010 01:11 PM

E38 front right turn signal assembly a DIY job?
I've found the replacement part, but don't want to screw it up. Anyone done this before and can shed some light? Thanks in advance

M.Wong 08-20-2010 02:01 PM

Open the hood and look for a small plastic cap over a hole in the lip that looks like a 'rain gutter.' Remove the cap and use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen (not remove) the screw that's down in the hole. It's a clamp, so you only have to loosen it.

Slide the corner turn signal forward, unplug, swap.

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E38gurl 09-03-2010 10:08 AM

Thank you so much for the easy to follow pictures. I realize now this was simple and I feel quite accomplished having avoided paying someone else to repair! My first DIY and from what I'm reading in other posts, it won't be my last!

RJK740iL 01-03-2013 07:17 PM

Plan B- exchange turn signals
your instructions were simple and straight forward enough. I got the amber lens that I want to use instead of the clear one that's on the 2001 740iL now. Found the hole, inserted the screwdriver, bumped into a few "other" wires or parts. I think I found the screw, and turned it approx 10-11 times, as per some other person suggestion, and it did not come loose. I didn't wanna go past the suggested number of turns, as I read that the screw mount will come out of the socket. But since I couldn't get the lens out after that number of rotations, my plan B is that I DO go past the 11 rotations and hopefully 2 things will happen. 1- the lens will come out and 2- the screw mount will also come loose. The questions is - will I be able to re-screw that part back into place, and subsequently be able to tighten the new amber lens in place ? Is my plan B do-able ? Or do you have any other suggestions.

BMWFatherFigure 01-03-2013 07:59 PM

The 'lense' is a whole lamp unit. The only problem in fully undoing the clamp is that a part will fall off and have to be found and part screwed back B 4 you refit the new unit. Are you pressing down too hard on the screwdriver handle? You may have stripped a thread in plastic. Try turning with the lightest possible downward force possible. Tip for young players: When refitting a self tapping screw into plastic part turn the screw backwards first to feel where the existing thread starts. Try not to start a new thread as you will run out of plastic as the hole increases in size as plastic is cut away by the screw.

RJK740iL 01-04-2013 09:12 AM

different headlight ??
I tried again this am. The thought occurred to me that the passenger turn signal/headlight may be a different model than the driver's side. The previous owner did have a small accident on the passenger side, and the "headlight" was changed to the clear version. I have seen some of these headlight/turn signal lights, are they an "all in one" type, and would I be able to remove it the same way as a non-all in one, or do I need to remove the entire headlight to change (if at all possible) the turn signal. I stuck the screwdriver in the drivers side to see what the screw "felt" like. It was very easy to access, and I found the screw head almost immediately, that's not the case with the driver''s side at all. Wadda think ?

setconstr 01-04-2013 09:24 AM

take a flashlight and look down the hole you can see the screw it does not matter if you un-screw it all the way and the clamp falls out it will fall down inside the bumper cover and you can take your foglight out reach in and find it

RJK740iL 01-04-2013 10:37 AM

plan B- sounds good
will try and find the screw, and loosen it completely... tks

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