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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-04-2008, 08:27 AM
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Replacing Brake Light Bulb

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My right side brake light bulb just went out this morning and needs to be replace. Do you guys know which bulb type is it and if theres a instructions to get to it in order to change it? I have a Pepboys close by and can swing by there during lunch to get the bulb. Just need to know which one to get.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:36 AM
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Hey Guys,
My right side brake light bulb just went out this morning and needs to be replace. Do you guys know which bulb type is it and if theres a instructions to get to it in order to change it? I have a Pepboys close by and can swing by there during lunch to get the bulb. Just need to know which one to get.
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They will have a manual for all the manufactures of the bulbs they carry, telling you which one it is...I suggest that you look at the rest of the bulbs I replaced all of mine at once
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:11 AM
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Use a 12V21W
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:17 AM
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thanks guys...
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:29 AM
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take the burnt bulb to any autozone or similar car part store, I did the same 5 days ago.
you will find various options as to the amps, i selected the highest but as a wild guess

changing it is a pic nic

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Old 04-04-2008, 10:35 AM
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I found a 12v32cp bulb at work...no idea what is 32cp mean. I replaced it with this bulb and now its working. But should I be worry that its not 12V21W?
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:08 AM
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take the burnt bulb to any autozone or similar car part store, I did the same 5 days ago.
you will find various options as to the amps, i selected the highest but as a wild guess

changing it is a pic nic

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Old 04-04-2008, 11:11 AM
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12V is the output from the powerlines

21W is the output power

should at least be 12V

take the good bulb out of the other encasing, and check the wattage. It is best to have them both the samw number W, so the ilumination is even from both sides of the brake lights

they cost like 3 bucks a pair, so best to replace them both in case of doubt
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:13 PM
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I found a 12v32cp bulb at work...no idea what is 32cp mean. I replaced it with this bulb and now its working. But should I be worry that its not 12V21W?
32 cp means 32 candlepower. That may be a 1156 bulb.

I think the 7056 (P21W) bulbs are more like 37 cp.
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32 cp means 32 candlepower. That may be a 1156 bulb.

I think the 7056 (P21W) bulbs are more like 37 cp.
You are correct...that is a 1156 bulb...which I can use it as a replacement for a 7056. Thanks everyone...
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:37 PM
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You are correct...that is a 1156 bulb...which I can use it as a replacement for a 7056. Thanks everyone...
Make sure the 1156 has a nickel base. A brass base will set up a dielectric current and cause corrosion.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:41 PM
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The correct size bulb is a 7506, which is 21 watt. It must have a nickle plated base, or the MID display will keep warning of a bulb burned out. The plain brass based bulbs have too much resistance and fool the bulb out sensor.

Other size bulbs may fit, but the 7506 is the correct size and specification.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:51 PM
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I suggest that you look at the rest of the bulbs I replaced all of mine at once
+1, I did the same thing. My high mounted third brake light went out first, but when I inspected the other two bulbs, they were dark, and the filiment looked very worn. I just went ahead and bought two packages (two per pack) of bulbs, replaced all three, and had a spare to keep in the trunk.
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I did a bit more checking, the 1156 is a 27 watt bulb. It may physically fit, but is higher wattage than specified. This may cause problems with overheating of the socket, or melting of the lens. I would be more concerned if it causes errors in the "bulb out" sensor.
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Is it difficult to change the brake lights??
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Is it difficult to change the brake lights??
No just pop off the back of the light assembly inside the trunk and the bulbs pop right off
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Just replaced mine with an Autozone one, $7 for two, and they threw in the anti-corrosion goop to put on the base...
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And if the socket burns out do i need to replace that?
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replacing brake light bulb

hey guys, my right side brake light just went out and i bought replacement bulbs but they dont work. they are 1156 bulbs. is that too much watts?
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Xenon or Hallogen?

Sorry guys, this is the first forum I've come across in 15 years of surfing where you're encouraged to post new messages, but the means for doing so are not provided. Show me the sense! So I have to post here, apologies in advance if this offends anyone.

Anyway, I have a 2006 5 Series, and cannot remove the lite bulb from it's cannister. See following image.

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Is that $200 xenon, or a $200 halogen? And how, if possible, do I remove it so I can start hunting around for a replacement?

On a side note, I replaced a headlite bulb on my Peugeot 407, 2006 model in less than 2 minutes for less than $1..... and you wouldn't believe, but when it was dark, it lit up the road. I could see. For a dollar. I was so happy, I bought two.
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Sorry guys, this is the first forum I've come across in 15 years of surfing where you're encouraged to post new messages, but the means for doing so are not provided. Show me the sense! So I have to post here, apologies in advance if this offends anyone.....
The "means" for starting a NEW THREAD is provided on the e39's home page. Click the following link (which takes you back to the e39 forum's home page)...and at the very top LEFT of the page is a "tab/button" that says "NEW THREAD" (there's also a "tab/button" on the bottom left of the home page for starting a NEW THREAD) . Click on that tab and a new message box opens that allows you to ask a question and name the subject of your new thread.

Simple & easy : http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=103
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Is that $200 xenon, or a $200 halogen? And how, if possible, do I remove it so I can start hunting around for a replacement?
It's a $20 halogen and you simply pry the base (gently and using even pressure) from the socket
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That "New Thread" button wasn't there yesterday. It may have been activated by me posting a reply and the scripts detecting some activity, or by a moderator realizing how unpractical the kill button policy is.
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Thanks Geezer, it must be stuck or something, coz I've tried to pry it out on two different occasions for at least 5 minutes each time. I guess I'll give it another shot. It must come out.
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It's a $20 halogen and you simply pry the base (gently and using even pressure) from the socket
Got it, found the H7 Osram 55 Watt for about $6. Not as cheap as the Peugeout, but not bad.
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