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Old 08-20-2010, 02:11 PM
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Smile 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
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:01 PM
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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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Old 09-03-2010, 11:08 AM
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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!
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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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.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:59 PM
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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.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:12 AM
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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 ?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:24 AM
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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
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:37 AM
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plan B- sounds good

will try and find the screw, and loosen it completely... tks
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