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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 12-12-2009, 01:34 PM
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Turn signal indacator bulb

My right turn signal indicator started flashing 2x normal speed compared to the left turn signal a few minutes ago. As in other cars that's a burned bulb. I need to change the front right bulb. It does not seem obvious how to get it out of there. Suggestions? Are these replacement bulbs easy to get?
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:36 PM
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I have a 2001...just turn the bulb 1/4-1/2 turn like in any other car and it comes right out.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:52 PM
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Instructions should also be in our owners manual. Look under LAMPS AND BULBS.
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OK festers,
I see the bulb. My hand is not very big but not weak either. I cant turn the bulb out. What gives?
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:32 PM
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Maybe grime, dirt etc. causing it to be stuck. Try to rock the plug free by going one way and the other very fast (loosen / tighten). If all else fails remove the headlight and it should be much easier, theres only 4 bolts holding it on, itd about a min. to remove it.
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Very tight quarters if I recall, take your time. It will come out.
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Very tight quarters if I recall, take your time. It will come out.
Yep, very tight quarters. I got it. But now the bulb does not apprar to be blown. Plan to take the left one out and see if thant one works.
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I switched out the left bulb for the right and confirmed the right bulb was actually out even though it looked ok.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:30 PM
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A 2- pack at Walmart was $4.88 and my signals are working fine. It is a bit tight to turn out these bulbes but pretty simple. Thanks festers.
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I find it easier to remove the entire headlight housing to change the turn signal bulb on the drivers side. Passenger side is a little easier...
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