Video tutorial on how to access and replace the tail light bulbs on a BMW E39. This tutorial applies to the pre-facelifted version without the Celis (LED) tail lights, which was found between the years 1996 to 2000. Gaining access to the rear of the tail light may slightly vary for touring models. This particular tutorial was done on a 1997 BMW 540i sedan.
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-new replacement bulb
Rear turn signal, stop light, high mount stop light, back up light: 7506
Tail light, rear side marker: 5007
-start by determining which side needs replacement
-have an assistant operate the brake pedal if needed
-open the trunk liner hatch for either the battery location or the location of the cd changer
-locate the rear of the tail light assembly
-at the center of the rear of the tail light assembly, there will be quarter knob which needs to be turned counter clockwise to unclip the assembly which houses the light bulbs
-pull back and this will expose all the light bulbs
-select which bulb needs replacement, push the light bulb down and turn counter clockwise, then release gently
-reinstall the new light bulb
-reinstall rear of tail light assembly, trunk liner and ensure that the light works
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