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Old 02-20-2014, 01:10 PM
bostongrun bostongrun is offline
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License Plate Light Dead Socket

I have a 2004, X3 that has a common problem. The right license plate bulb socket is bad; not the bulb.

I need to replace the entire cargo door handle latch switch that is about $78.00, no big deal. My problem is, I cant seen to get the handle switch out by taking out the two torx screws and prying on it. Last night, I removed the interior trim to see if could access it but didn't work. Is there a way to pry the switch out somehow that I am not aware of or does the exterior trim have to come off; if so does anyone know how the external trim piece is removed? Is the panel held on with just snap fasteners or are there hidden screws. Apparently this is a common problem so somebody out must have dealt with it?

I checked ALLDATA and there is no procedure listed

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:05 PM
Fast Lane Fast Lane is online now
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Bostongrun - please see my entry under the thread "Rear Hatch Opens for no Reason" on this forum dated 1-09-14. The external trim does have to come off. The switch is is mounted in that trim piece.

Good luck.

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