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Old 11-17-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question need help! ?'s about fog light install, door lock button and hazard light button

All right, so I bought stock BMW fog lights for my 2000 323i, (which never came with fog lights), and I go to look for the fog light connections and can't find them, either I'm not looking hard enough and there tucked away some ware, or is it true that they may have not come with my car? Plus how would I install them so they don't fall out lol, they pop in but I don't feel safe that they won't stay in? Also the interior door lock and hazard light buttons aren't working, the light turn on when I turn the headlights on but don't know why they stop working?
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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to answer your hazard switch question I recently replaced one in my 2000 328i and found out that it was a perfectly good switch that had it's plastic backing broken rendering the unit unuseable ...... cost around $34 dollars at pelicanparts.com or tischerbmw if I recall correctly. I just installed it myself it was real easy.

P.S. I reinforced the new unit with superglue on the bottom so as to prevent it from breaking again..... basically if you push too hard on the button it will break..
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:01 AM   #3
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you can most likely salvage your broken one by supergluing the bottom piece back together securely.
its the first thing i fixed on my 323i. Hardest part is figuring out how to pop the switch out.

I undid the centre console screws around shifter to get to it
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:47 PM   #4
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Is that the correct way to get to the switch to figure out what's wrong? I have the same exact problem. Would a broken piece be the only reason it's broken?
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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Is that the correct way to get to the switch to figure out what's wrong? I have the same exact problem. Would a broken piece be the only reason it's broken?
to find out if the switch still works take it out and hold the pieces together so the spring inside is in place and push the buttons they should work.
yeah when you get it out you'll realize its very thin outer plastic that clips to the inner piece with four holes that are like 1/16 of an inch away from bottom so it would only take someone accidentally leaning hard on the switch and one or more of those slivers of plastic will start to crack...... so yes if you get a new one deffinitely reinforce it with superglue on the bottom between the inner and outer piece so as not to stress out those little strips of plastic!!!!!!!
P.S. very rarely will it be a relay or electronic elements of the switch. that will only happen with liquid spills/ shorted wires.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:53 PM   #6
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I had the same problem. I just took a pick with a very thin tip, stuck it between the button and shroud, and pulled it up. Was much easier and it came right out. I had the same problem as the others on here. Just super glue the back on. Much easier and cheaper than buying a new one.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:36 PM   #7
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I had the same problem. I just took a pick with a very thin tip, stuck it between the button and shroud, and pulled it up. Was much easier and it came right out. I had the same problem as the others on here. Just super glue the back on. Much easier and cheaper than buying a new one.
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Except I used Super glue to hold it together, then used JB Weld, and thinnly put a coat all around the bottom and sides to create sort of a second skin.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:41 PM   #8
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All right, so I bought stock BMW fog lights for my 2000 323i, (which never came with fog lights), and I go to look for the fog light connections and can't find them, either I'm not looking hard enough and there tucked away some ware, or is it true that they may have not come with my car? Plus how would I install them so they don't fall out lol, they pop in but I don't feel safe that they won't stay in? Also the interior door lock and hazard light buttons aren't working, the light turn on when I turn the headlights on but don't know why they stop working?
The wiring may not be there, but you can make your own. You just need to buy the contacts that plug into the LCM, the connectors for the front fog lights, the contacts to fit into those connectors, and a spool of stranded wire from Radio Shack the same gauge as the thickest contact.
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