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DeCePtiCzXe39 01-01-2005 01:13 PM

How do I change the fog lights on 528i?
 
I need to change the bulbs in my fog lights but i dont know how to remove the assembly in my 1998 528i. any help??

M.Wong 01-01-2005 01:35 PM

They are different on my E39, but here is what I have seen:

For pre-2001 only with old-style fog lights

-Use a small flat-head screwdriver to move the center pin of the 2 expanding rivets out a couple millimeters.

-Use needle-nose pliers to pull it straight down and out.

-Use the screwdriver again to pry out the body of the expanding rivet if they are still stuck in place.

-When both rivets are removed, the grill section should rotate downwards so pull from the top outwards and it should simply remove.

-Then it's (2) small bolts (6mm?) and the foglight should be free.

http://www.540isport.com/DIY/Foglamp...oglampdr02.jpg

http://www.540isport.com/DIY/Foglamp...glampdr03b.jpg

http://www.540isport.com/DIY/Foglamp...glampdr06b.jpg

Images from http://www.540isport.com/DIYfoglamp.htm#

AsianImage 01-01-2005 02:33 PM

I just changed my fog lights and maybe its a cheat...but I simply parked on an angle up a driveway and then turn the wheels full lock left or right and just reached in there and removed the bulb. This may work for you too.

So to reach the driver side fog light, I turned the wheel full lock to the right parked half way up the driveway and I was able to reach the light twist and pull out replace and the the same for the passenger side by locking the wheel to the left.

M.Wong 01-01-2005 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AsianImage
I simply parked on an angle up a driveway and then turn the wheels full lock left or right and just reached in there and removed the bulb.

Does your 01 540i have rectangular fog lights? I am not sure if the 98 are the same.

AsianImage 01-02-2005 12:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by M.Wong
Does your 01 540i have rectangular fog lights? I am not sure if the 98 are the same.


I have the circular fog lights. Does it make a difference? :dunno:
I would think access would be the same but I dont know. Sorry if my 2 cents were worthless.

M.Wong 01-02-2005 12:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AsianImage
Sorry if my 2 cents were worthless.

Oh no, that's not what I was saying at all... I just wanted to be sure "DeCePtiCzXe39" knew we may be talking about a couple different kinds of fog lights. I think access may be different.
:)


Our 03 540i/6
http://memimage.cardomain.net/member...57_19_full.jpg

01 530i (pic from e-bay)
http://carad.ebayimg.com/i11/03/a/03/0b/2c/61_4.JPG

00 540i (pic from e-bay)
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/103/...4379005402.JPG

DeCePtiCzXe39 01-12-2005 05:28 PM

Hey thanks for the info!! it helped me a lot! thanks again!

mtme34 12-11-2010 01:58 PM

thanks this helped me alot. the owners manual does not go into much detail.

o-wow 12-28-2011 05:31 PM

where can i find the blue bulbs for my 5 series fog lights and what number are they

brewski 08-26-2012 11:15 AM

I just accomplished this on my 2001 530i with round fog lights...works exactly the same.

No need to jack the car, all access is from the front...except for moving the actual light out then in.

Thanks, and 6mm is correct.


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