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How to replace the headlight on an x3

Updated February 21, 2017

It's important your BMW X3 has working headlights. If one of your headlights has quit working, replace the bulb immediately. Don't waste your time or money by taking it to the dealership or an auto repair shop; you can easily perform this simple task on your own.

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  1. Open the bonnet.

  2. Lift the tab on the lamp cover, using a flathead screwdriver, then pull off the lamp cover.

  3. Press down on the bulb holder and pull it straight out.

  4. Pull the used bulb straight out of the holder.

  5. Push the new bulb into the holder.

  6. Replace the bulb holder by pushing it back into place.

  7. Replace the lamp cover and snap the tab back onto the cover to secure it.

  8. Open the bonnet.

  9. Remove the windshield washing system reservoir. Unscrew the screw on the left side of the reservoir and pull it out. Be careful when lifting the reservoir, because it is heavy.

  10. Follow steps 2 through 6 from the "Driver Side" section to replace the passenger-side bulb.

  11. Reinstall the windshield washer system reservoir.

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Things You'll Need

  • Owner's manual
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Replacement bulb

About the Author

After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.

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