How to Replace a BMW Fog Lamp Lens

Having a cracked or nonworking fog lamp is annoying and unsightly. It's simple to replace this part. The replacement can be done in about 15 minutes, even if you don't know much about autos.

Things You'll Need

  • New fog lamp for your specific BMW make and model Socket wrench or regular wrench Pliers


    • 1
      The fog lamp, lower right

      Find the fog lamp in the front fender corner.

    • 2
      The grille with the pins pulled down

      To get to the lamp, you must first pop out the grille next to it. There are two pins that you must pull down with either your fingers or pliers. Remove the pins and put them in a safe place.

      Pop out the grille by shaking gently back and forth.

    • 3
      The fog lamp removal.\

      Now you can access the fog lamp. There are two bolts on the inside corners of the fog lamp; use a socket wrench or regular wrench to loosen and remove the bolts. Pull the inside corner out toward you.

    • 4
      The wire connector still attached to the car

      Take the fog lamp out of the fender until you see a connector with wires coming out of it. Disconnect the fog lamp at the connector and remove it completely from the car.

    • 5
      Putting in the new fog lamp

      Now take your new fog lamp out of the box. Examine it to see whether it's broken. Connect the new fog lamp's connector to the wire connector on your car.

    • 6
      The new fog lamp in place

      Push the fog lamp into the fender.

    • 7
      Tightening with socket wrench

      Tighten the bolts with your socket wrench or regular wrench.

    • 8

      Now turn on the car's fog lamps to see whether they work. If they don't, look at the wire connection to see if it's loose and at the fog lamp itself to make sure the bulb isn't broken.

    • 9
      The completed project

      Replace the grille. Push the two pins back up into the car with your hands.

      You're all done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always get the exact fog lamp for your year, make and model of BMW. You can buy a new fog lamp from a local dealer or online. They cost from $70 to $130 new; you can also try to find a used, working fog lamp.
  • The car shown here is a 1997 BMW 540i; other BMW series may be slightly different.
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  • Photo Credit M. Dilloway

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