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    2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light bulb

    I have the driver side rear brake light in the hatch of my 2007 X3 that is out. I do not see an easy way to access the bulb. I see a screw in each of the hand holds in the hatch, but I can't believe that is all that is holding that big piece of plastic in place.

    Does anyone have instructions on how to do this? I absolutely HATE bringing the car to the dealer to replace a bulb, even if it's under warranty.

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light bulb

    Why don't you have them replace it under warranty even if it is time spent away from doing something useful. God forbid that there is something more seriously wrong with the electrical system and they tell you it shouldn't have been replaced by you.


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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    Access to the driver-side brake light is not through that panel - it's in the fixed part of the body immediately adjacent.

    Just squeeze the release tabs for the plastic circuit board that the 3 bulbs are mounted on, and replace the bad one - with the appropriate 21W single filament bulb.

    A 5 minute job, or less.



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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    you'd have to be dumb to break the electrical system by replacing the bulb

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light bulb

    PPXYZ is and ADD bi-polar nutjob spamming every X3 board she can find. Don't waste your breath responding to her.

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    good call

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light bulb

    Pete E. Barnum claims on other posts to be Vatkens. I suspect she is out to discredit anyone who has bad experiences with a BMW for reasons all her own.


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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    Why would you do it IF it is included in the maintenance that you paid for. Now that is dumb.


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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    So it isn't included in the 4 year maintenance you get when you buy the car?

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    For someone with an agenda.

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    Why would you do it IF it is included in the maintenance that you paid for?

    Because it makes sense to take 5 mins. to do it youself, and a dollar for the bulb from the local h/w store.

    Spend much more time going to the dealer to have highly-trained technicians do such a simple task?

    I think the OP values his time more, takes pride in his car and his ability to fix small issues, and knows when and how to use the dealer effectively.

    Such as, when he has a clearly-defined larger problem that needs a specific part and skilled labor.

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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    OK.

    Then maybe you know. Will putting in an aftermarket back up camera void any part of the warranty? I'm thinking about a wireless camera that needs to pull power from somewhere.




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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    Never mind, yes it does.


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    Re: 2007 X3 - How to replace the rear brake light

    because a $2 light bulb is cheaper than paying the gas and making an appointment, and waiting for your car! sheesh! these are supposed to be helpful boards, not boards that say, hey, take your car to the dealer!

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    Use your FREE BMW maintenance plan

    Ignore the advice to go putzing around with this kind of stuff by yourself. Just use the FREE plan that you paid for with your expensive car.


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    2007 X3 Replace the rear brake light, which bulb?

    Hey all, thanks for the thread. My question is, every manual I check for the light that I need to purchase just lists it as 'LED' and then says it is a dealer part. Surely I can buy the bulb from a regular auto parts store. Can someone please tell exactly which bulb I need to purchase? Thanks much!

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