How to Change a Taillight on a 2001 BMW E46 330i

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How to Change a Taillight on a 2001 BMW E46 330i
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BMW's 3-series compact sport-luxury cars, or executive cars, have been BMW's biggest breadwinner since the series was launched in 1975. The 2001 BMW 330i is built on the E46 platform, the fourth-generation 3-series chassis in production from 1998 to 2005. The 2001 BMW 330i was the first car to receive the automaker's new 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder engine.The 2001 BMW 330i was designed so that owners could perform basic maintenance like replacing taillights and other bulbs on their own. Along with a tail light, each of the two rear bulb assemblies contains a turn signal indicator and a brake light. You'll access the rear bulb holders through the vehicle's boot compartment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Replacement tail light

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  1. 1

    Open the 2001 BMW 330i's boot and locate the rear of the bulb holder on the right or left rear of the vehicle in the fender area.

  2. 2

    Press the bulb holder clasp to release the bulb holder and remove it from its cradle.

  3. 3

    Unplug the power supply to the bulb holder.

  4. 4

    Turn the tail light bulb to the left with light pressure to release it from the bulb holder and remove the bulb.

  5. 5

    Place a new tail light bulb in the bulb holder and turn it to the right with light pressure until the bulb clicks into place. Be sure to wear a glove or use a paper towel to handle the new bulb.

  6. 6

    Plug the power supply back into the bulb holder.

  7. 7

    Place the bulb holder back into its cradle, applying gentle pressure to the bulb holder and the bulb holder clasp until you hear the bulb holder engage.

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