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Old 07-15-2016, 12:33 AM
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(DIY) How to replace your center tailgate light. (center half of tail lights)

Hey guys, so recently the passenger tailgate light (center half of tail light) stopped working, and I replaced the bulb and still nothing, I didn't replace the chip either. Instead I went with the entire part which I ordered from BMW and picked it up at the service center in my dealer. The piece was about $220. I replaced the piece last night which was a simple process, so i'm going to show you guys how to replace it (DIY), because i haven't seen anything about it on the forums.
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Step 1.
Make sure the vehicle is completely off. I know some people like to disconnect the battery but that's not really necessary for this piece.

Step 2.
Open the Tailgate and remove the cover from inside (I'm doing passenger side) there will be a tab on the side so just pull it off.

Step 3.
Disconnect the current from the bulb piece, it can easily be pulled out. the black cable is the on you want to disconnect. Theres a tab you can push while also holding the end of it and pulling out. You can also disconnect the cable with the white connection to make it easier. It'll be easier if you just remove the entire bulb housing, again just disconnect both cables, and the piece will come right off.
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Step 4.
Here's the tricky part. There will be a silver screw holding a yellow-green-ish plastic part. (See pictures). The screw in place must be turned counter-clockwise to be released. Turn the screw just enough to release the plastic piece. That yellow-green-ish piece is very important because it's holding the light in place.
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Step 5.
After the plastic piece has been removed it should look like this.
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Now what you want to do is push it out. That's right, using your hand push out the piece from inside and after some force has been applied, you're going to feel it pop right out.
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Now you can pull it out and install the new one.

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Step 6.
Now to install the new one you have to slide the it in through the side.
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After you slide it, it should look like this.

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Push it as much as possible so the adhesive will stay in place. To do this easier close the tailgate.
Once pushed in the corner part will be sticking out. To get it into place you must turn turn the silver screw (on the yellow-green-ish plastic part) clockwise now and tighten it as much as you can. You will see the part light slowly start getting into place from the outside.

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Step 7.
Once you feel like the part is tightened enough you can connect the power current into the socket, it will just click in, and put the cover back on. You may now turn on your vehicle and check if everything is working.

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Hope you guys found this helpful if you ever feel like replacing that certain piece. It's a fairly simple process.

Last edited by AskingNothing; 07-15-2016 at 12:43 AM. Reason: Added Text
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