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jashearer 03-03-2012 09:15 PM

Fog Light Changing Procedures
 
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Winter is close to being over so I went ahead and dusted off the fog light that's been sitting on my work bench to replace the passenger one that busted 500 miles after I took delivery :mad:

Pictures attached below, it was only about a 10-20 minute job, and with the DEF tank behind the passenger fog, I picked the worst one to break. Definitely a do it yourself job to save ~$100.

First picture is my broken light and the only tools I used. A thumb wheel, a T20 torx bit and a 1/4" bit driver extension.

1. Pull the lower side grill from the front bumper, reference picture two for tab locations if you need to slip something in there that won't gouge your bumper.

2. Disconnect wire from fog light (or just twist the whole bulb and pull out to get at wire connector.

3. Using thumb wheel and no extension unscrew the closest screw (I used a dental mirror to see what I was dealing with, but rest assured its a T20).

4. Add extension for the innermost screw as it is set deeper and there is space behind.

5. This was honestly the worst part, in order to get the housing out you have to squeeze it over the DEF tank and bring it out the far top left corner of the opening (driver side would be much better).

6. Reverse steps to install new housing. Don't forget to connect the wiring back up and align if need be :)

Third picture is the DEF secondary tank that is smack dab in the way.

Fourth picture shows how tight it is to the front bumper, I don't have huge hands, but I don't have little dainty hands either and I didn't have an issue squeezing my hands back there but getting the fog light out sucked.

Fifth picture is the part number for the splash gaurds / air deflectors. I thought I saw someone asking for this the other day but couldn't find the thread again, they are only held on by 2 screws and not necessary for this job but since I was down there :)

Jay

RPsX5d 03-04-2012 03:40 AM

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Originally Posted by jashearer (Post 6676235)
. . . . I thought I saw someone asking for this the other day but couldn't find the thread again, they are only held on by 2 screws and not necessary for this job but since I was down there :)

Jay

Nice write-up . . . . I just happened to read the thread you are referring to here now . . . so cross-linking these two threads . . .

How to change Fog light bulb on E70 ?

georgejm 03-04-2012 08:26 AM

Hey thanks for the time to take and post your pictures. You guys are great.

jashearer 03-04-2012 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by georgejm (Post 6676766)
Hey thanks for the time to take and post your pictures. You guys are great.

Welcome!

shooney 10-01-2012 11:29 AM

Appreciate the post
 
Hello,

I am a new member of bimmerfest. I recently noticed that the passenger side fog lens of my 2011 X5 was cracked (maybe by a rock). I called the dealer and they are asking $380 for replacement (including labor). I found a used OEM part on ebay for $89 which I just ordered. I also ordered the tools that were mentioned in the post (total $25).
With the help of this post I'm positive that I would be able to change the fog light myself. The post has been very helpful and it is sincerely appreciated.

Before going through this post, I had taken the plastic grill out and put my iphone in to make a video of the assembly and to locate the screws. It was very helpful. I can't wait for the shipment to arrive so that I can fix it myself :)

Again a big thank you to "jashearer" for this post and pictures. It is really helpful. The biggest motivation is that someone was able to do it without any instructions so why can't I after beautifully described step by step process.

Keep up the good work :thumbup:

Regards!
Shooney

jashearer 10-01-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shooney (Post 7106709)
Hello,

I am a new member of bimmerfest. I recently noticed that the passenger side fog lens of my 2011 X5 was cracked (maybe by a rock). I called the dealer and they are asking $380 for replacement (including labor). I found a used OEM part on ebay for $89 which I just ordered. I also ordered the tools that were mentioned in the post (total $25).
With the help of this post I'm positive that I would be able to change the fog light myself. The post has been very helpful and it is sincerely appreciated.

Before going through this post, I had taken the plastic grill out and put my iphone in to make a video of the assembly and to locate the screws. It was very helpful. I can't wait for the shipment to arrive so that I can fix it myself :)

Again a big thank you to "jashearer" for this post and pictures. It is really helpful. The biggest motivation is that someone was able to do it without any instructions so why can't I after beautifully described step by step process.

Keep up the good work :thumbup:

Regards!
Shooney

$380 :o

Your very welcome. Re-visit and be sure to add anything if you think it would help someone else after you get done with yours.

I forgot to put a picture of a bottle of your favorite IPA (or Hefe since its German) next to the necessary tools :)

Jay

scott brown 02-13-2013 11:23 AM

Thanks for this. hoping to put some PIAA yellow fogs in my 2012 diesel this weekend

nachilus 02-13-2013 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jashearer (Post 6676235)
Winter is close to being over so I went ahead and dusted off the fog light that's been sitting on my work bench to replace the passenger one that busted 500 miles after I took delivery :mad:

Pictures attached below, it was only about a 10-20 minute job, and with the DEF tank behind the passenger fog, I picked the worst one to break. Definitely a do it yourself job to save ~$100.

First picture is my broken light and the only tools I used. A thumb wheel, a T20 torx bit and a 1/4" bit driver extension.

1. Pull the lower side grill from the front bumper, reference picture two for tab locations if you need to slip something in there that won't gouge your bumper.

2. Disconnect wire from fog light (or just twist the whole bulb and pull out to get at wire connector.

3. Using thumb wheel and no extension unscrew the closest screw (I used a dental mirror to see what I was dealing with, but rest assured its a T20).

4. Add extension for the innermost screw as it is set deeper and there is space behind.

5. This was honestly the worst part, in order to get the housing out you have to squeeze it over the DEF tank and bring it out the far top left corner of the opening (driver side would be much better).

6. Reverse steps to install new housing. Don't forget to connect the wiring back up and align if need be :)

Third picture is the DEF secondary tank that is smack dab in the way.

Fourth picture shows how tight it is to the front bumper, I don't have huge hands, but I don't have little dainty hands either and I didn't have an issue squeezing my hands back there but getting the fog light out sucked.

Fifth picture is the part number for the splash gaurds / air deflectors. I thought I saw someone asking for this the other day but couldn't find the thread again, they are only held on by 2 screws and not necessary for this job but since I was down there :)

Jay

Thanks for the writeup.

icuc 02-13-2013 11:55 AM

Do you guys have any.suggestions for HID fog lights.

jashearer 02-13-2013 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scott brown (Post 7378912)
Thanks for this. hoping to put some PIAA yellow fogs in my 2012 diesel this weekend

One of those wierdos that thinks fog lights should be functional... ;)

scott brown 02-13-2013 02:17 PM

I had PIAA yellows for fogs on my Wrangler and it was ridiculous how well they actually worked.

scott brown 02-16-2013 05:43 AM

Just put the PIAA yellows in. It really did take 15-20 minutes and would have taken about 5 minutes if I wasn't worried I'd break something when taking the grills off. The DEF tank really didn't get in the way at all

again, huge thanks for this thread

jashearer 02-16-2013 02:08 PM

Did you remove the entire housing and replace, or just the bulbs?

Did you use a trim removal tool?

Jay

scott brown 02-16-2013 05:48 PM

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Just the bulbs. I did buy a larger trim removal tool yesterday but didn't have to use it. I was able to get by with just a small spudger tool like this:

http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Spudger/IF145-002

jashearer 02-16-2013 06:12 PM

:thumbup:

Jay

hyde 10-07-2014 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jashearer (Post 6676235)
Winter is close to being over so I went ahead and dusted off the fog light that's been sitting on my work bench to replace the passenger one that busted 500 miles after I took delivery :mad:

Pictures attached below, it was only about a 10-20 minute job, and with the DEF tank behind the passenger fog, I picked the worst one to break. Definitely a do it yourself job to save ~$100.

First picture is my broken light and the only tools I used. A thumb wheel, a T20 torx bit and a 1/4" bit driver extension.

1. Pull the lower side grill from the front bumper, reference picture two for tab locations if you need to slip something in there that won't gouge your bumper.

2. Disconnect wire from fog light (or just twist the whole bulb and pull out to get at wire connector.

3. Using thumb wheel and no extension unscrew the closest screw (I used a dental mirror to see what I was dealing with, but rest assured its a T20).

4. Add extension for the innermost screw as it is set deeper and there is space behind.

5. This was honestly the worst part, in order to get the housing out you have to squeeze it over the DEF tank and bring it out the far top left corner of the opening (driver side would be much better).

6. Reverse steps to install new housing. Don't forget to connect the wiring back up and align if need be :)

Third picture is the DEF secondary tank that is smack dab in the way.

Fourth picture shows how tight it is to the front bumper, I don't have huge hands, but I don't have little dainty hands either and I didn't have an issue squeezing my hands back there but getting the fog light out sucked.

Fifth picture is the part number for the splash gaurds / air deflectors. I thought I saw someone asking for this the other day but couldn't find the thread again, they are only held on by 2 screws and not necessary for this job but since I was down there :)

Jay

My only concern is, how do you get the screw back in place since you can't see where it is.
Is it easy to just slip it back in there?

jashearer 10-07-2014 03:58 PM

I didn't have any issue feeling it back in blindly, I think you'll be surprised. Worst case scenario use the dental mirror and a flashlight to get a visual once its back up there.

Jay


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