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Old 04-02-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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Anyone know how to change out Corner Reflectors on a Facelifted E46?

Does anyone know how to change out the Corner Reflectors on a Facelifted E46? I am not sure if they just snap out or if there is a trick to it.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #2
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you have to loosen the bolts for the headlights. There are 3-4 bolts that hold the headlights in.

You also have to take out the narrow body panel under the headlights (just snaps out)

Once you can pull the whole headlight housing out, the corners slide out. (they lock into the main headlight housing)

There are plenty of DIYs if you need more help, just
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:03 AM   #3
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If you're talking about the reflectors on the bumper. Just get your fingernails under the top, push down, and then pull straight out.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:08 AM   #4
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you have to loosen the bolts for the headlights. There are 3-4 bolts that hold the headlights in.

You also have to take out the narrow body panel under the headlights (just snaps out)

Once you can pull the whole headlight housing out, the corners slide out. (they lock into the main headlight housing)

There are plenty of DIYs if you need more help, just
He has a facelift, it doesn't work that way.. and he might be talking about the bumper reflectors
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #5
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you have to loosen the bolts for the headlights. There are 3-4 bolts that hold the headlights in.

You also have to take out the narrow body panel under the headlights (just snaps out)

Once you can pull the whole headlight housing out, the corners slide out. (they lock into the main headlight housing)

There are plenty of DIYs if you need more help, just
Wrong, the corner REFLECTORS on a facelift can be taken out by getting a SMALL flathead screwdriver and a towel, press down on them and they will pop outwards, just be steady and careful
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:16 AM   #6
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OP can you show us a pic or diagram of what your talking about.....I don't think we yet understand what part your trying to remove.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:19 AM   #7
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Slide a credit card along the top of the reflector. Once you get it wedged in there, stick your finger behind the card and push out and down. The reflector should pop right out.

Getting the old ones out is the easy part. I ordered clear reflectors from Jlevi, and had to do some serious sanding to the various tabs and clips before they barely popped in. Then still managed to chip a tiny bit of the passenger side reflector.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:21 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, just wanted to make sure there wasn't a crazy trick to it
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #9
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Slide a credit card along the top of the reflector. Once you get it wedged in there, stick your finger behind the card and push out and down. The reflector should pop right out.

Getting the old ones out is the easy part. I ordered clear reflectors from Jlevi, and had to do some serious sanding to the various tabs and clips before they barely popped in. Then still managed to chip a tiny bit of the passenger side reflector.
lol ^^^^Like he said be very careful i ended up completly braking my brand new one in half during install and the paint on the bumper started cracking as well. So be careful!
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:51 PM   #10
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Bumper Reflectors = PITA!!!!!

I just installed mine...broke an oem one.....and chipped both on install....never again! (until i order new ones to replace the chipped ones)
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Per a modbargins description...

Fitment (Please consult your owner's manual for your application fitment type)

-99-01 (push in)

-02-05 (screw in)
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