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Old 09-29-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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Reverse lights

How do i get them out to change them?
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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You have to do it from the inside of the trunk. Use pliers and a screw driver to remove the plastic plugs and pull down the inner trunk lining to expose the rear of the housings.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:35 PM   #3
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cool thanks....leds just came in
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:38 PM   #4
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LEDS might give you a bulb out error. hopefully not but normally they do.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:44 PM   #5
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LEDS might give you a bulb out error. hopefully not but normally they do.
Not the reverse lights.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:44 PM   #6
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I've done it on my coupe, never on a vert, it's probably quite different.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:52 PM   #7
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i will let you all know tom.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:10 PM   #8
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LEDS might give you a bulb out error. hopefully not but normally they do.
The reverse lights in LED do not cause a bulb out warning on the E46.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:14 PM   #9
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good thing you said that bc i bought the bulbs from you guys........hahahaha
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:19 PM   #10
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LEDS might give you a bulb out error. hopefully not but normally they do.
They all come with resistors for that matter. "flicker" is the word...
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:24 PM   #11
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+1 the ones from Jlevi work without a bulb out... I have them and absolutely love them! Light output = fantastic and for the 1 minute a day the car is in reverse at night, they look clean! haha
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Hey guys. My reverse lights just went out on me... or so I think. Both lights are out and I haven't checked yet, but is it possible that when one goes out they both go out? Or is it just coincidence that both went out at the same time? Or should I be looking elsewhere like a switch since I don't get a bulb out error.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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You have to remove the liner from the trunk lid, and I just did this a few days ago, and _all_ of the plastic clippy things broke. When the liner is out -- and you can actually just remove a couple of clips on one side and pull the liner far enough to expose the lights -- then you can easily see the lights and figure out how to remove them.

The clips are a two-part rivet. You can pull the top to release the rivet, but I could not get the body of the rivet out, and all of them broke when I was doing this. You should get a fi****ll of these rivets and keep them around.

One light can go out and the other will still work fine. If both are out now, one of them has probably been out for a long time, and the other one finally took a bye also.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:16 PM   #14
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Pulled the liner down, and the bulb looks good. Jiggled the loom around and nothin changed. I think it might be he actual switch on the tranny. Is that tough to get to?
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Pulled the liner down, and the bulb looks good. Jiggled the loom around and nothin changed. I think it might be he actual switch on the tranny. Is that tough to get to?
Manual or auto? I know on the manual it's easy to get to and easy to replace. You can test it with a multimeter to confirm its functionality.

Use the contunity tester, or resistance function. It should be an open circuit between the 2 terminals when the car is not in reverse. When it's in reverse, there should be contunity (close to 0 ohms resistance) between them.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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Yeah it's a manual. I believe it's on the right side or top right side of the trans if I recall from pics I've seen.
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