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      10-31-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Need help to replace front reading light bulb

I replaced all of the interior light from the current yellow OEM light to LED light except for the front reading light. I'm not sure if I have to pop open the head center control or i can just remove the lamp cover. So I would appreciate it if someone can guide me through this.

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      11-30-2010, 11:22 AM   #2
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I replaced all of the interior light from the current yellow OEM light to LED light except for the front reading light. I'm not sure if I have to pop open the head center control or i can just remove the lamp cover. So I would appreciate it if someone can guide me through this.

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what brand led lighting for interior did you go with? since i heard certain brands will cause error codes and such. Any good recommendations on what brand and prices? Any pics of them installed? Thanks.
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      12-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #3
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anyone done this?
I am stuck here too.. I can pull the front of the plastic down, or the rear, but I can't pull the whole thing off to get to the bulbs -its still attached in the middle.
I tried the headliner method -seems even tighter there..
The clear cover doesn't seem to be able to drop down either ..

Experts! help please ..
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      12-07-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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You have to pop the plastic cover that is around the SOS button, you should see 2 black holes. Use a small screwdriver to pop the clips that is in the black hole and pop the surrounding clips around headliner.

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You have to pop the plastic cover that is around the SOS button, you should see 2 black holes. Use a small screwdriver to pop the clips that is in the black hole and pop the surrounding clips around headliner.
AWEsome! thanks!!!!!!!!
i removed the black plastic part, saw alot of holes, tried poking them and looking into them, couldn't find anything.. but i will try again now that i know its there
btw if u see this, which holes? big/small location .. cuz they are like 10+ holes ..
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there should be 2 big black holes between the SOS button and the light. i can't remember because i did it like a month ago.
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      12-08-2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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i got it! thanks *100..
finally .. the sastifaction
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there should be 2 big black holes between the SOS button and the light. i can't remember because i did it like a month ago.
those 2 pins were a b**** to compress.. if you hadn't told me I would not have pressed them as hard as was required
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i got it! thanks *100..
finally .. the sastifaction
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Where did you guys get the bulb types/sizes that are needed? Is there a list somewhere?
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      02-06-2011, 01:38 PM   #11
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Where did you guys get the bulb types/sizes that are needed? Is there a list somewhere?
Not that I know of..
but everything is 'T10' (don't ask me what it stands for, but its the most common size, also known under different names/code)
except the vanity mirrors are t5, and trunk is 42mm festoon
the fun part is getting them out the first time round
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those 2 pins were a b**** to compress.. if you hadn't told me I would not have pressed them as hard as was required
Where exactly should I press?

Metal tip? White plastic part? or in between?

I think I pressed quite hard, but nothing happened.
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Where exactly should I press?

Metal tip? White plastic part? or in between?

I think I pressed quite hard, but nothing happened.
can't remember if its plastic or metal, you can see where to squeeze if you shine a flashlight on it..
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Couldnt find the pin. Find a metal part and a huge plastic that don't seem to be the pin. Anyway, after u pressed the pins, do you remove the black dome plastic area, or the brown huge plastic around the dome?
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Replace / change BMW X5 E70 reading and dome bulbs lights procedure

Replace / change BMW X5 E70 reading and dome bulbs lights procedure

Follow this process to remove the entire body. It has 4 pins in total. 2 towards the mirror and 1 west and 1 east side.
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Thank you so much for the pictures.
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