How to Replace a BMW E39 Interior Rear Light

Written by aram khayatpour
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The rear interior lights in your BMW E39 help visibility when entering the car, they allow passengers in the back to locate their seat-belt buckles, and they can be used for reading a map. When these lights go out, the back seat becomes surprisingly inconvenient for passengers. Luckily for BMW owners, replacing these rear interior lights is very simple and requires no special tools or automotive expertise.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Cloth
  • Petroleum jelly

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pry the plastic cover off the rear interior light using a flathead screwdriver wrapped in a small cloth. The interior light cover has a small hole in its side where you can place the screwdriver to pry off the cover. Covering the tip of the screwdriver with a cloth reduces the chance of damaging the soft plastic of the interior light.

  2. 2

    Pull out the burnt-out bulb from the light fixture and replace it with a new one.

  3. 3

    Rub some petroleum jelly on the edges of the plastic cover. This will allow it to snap back into position without damaging the cover or the interior trim.

  4. 4

    Slide the plastic cover back over the light and snap it into place.

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