The 318i was part of the E36 generation of the venerable BMW 3 Series. Powered by an inline 4-cylinder, the 318 wasn’t as fast as other 3 Series that BMW buyers could choose from, but it was still fun to drive and offered the high-quality engineering that the make is known for. Like most cars, the 318i’s fog lights are mounted in a vulnerable area of the front end, near the ground where they are easily cracked or damaged. Replacing them is quite easy.
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Things you need
- If release clip is broken:
- Floor jack
- Jack stand
- Flat length of metal
Locate the fog lights and the side brake ducts, which are located right next to the fog light at the front of the car.
Insert a long screwdriver into the small hole on the top of the vertical lip of the brake duct to access the fog light's release clip. Press the screwdriver against the release clip to free the fog light.
Pull the fog light housing out. The fog light will pivot out on the opposite side of the release clip and away from the car.
Remove the plastic panel under the bumper directly below the fog light if the release clip is broken and will not release the fog light. The panel is secured with four bolts and two plastic rivets. If the rivets break when you are pulling the panel off, you can buy new plastic rivets from the BMW dealer.
Raise the vehicle slightly with a jack and support it with a jack stand so can access the underside of the vehicle. From the bottom you should be able to see the release clip. Hook a small piece of metal on top of the fog light bracket and down the other side and twist it to release the fog light.
Install the new fog light by placing it in the end that it pivots on and pushing the other side of it so that it clips into place. You should replace fog lights in pairs to maintain a uniform appearance.
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