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Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)

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Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)

This repair procedure gives step by step instructions on replacing the tail light bulbs on 2012-2019 3 series (F30) vehicles. the bulbs included in this repair are: brake light, turn signal, reverse light, inner tail light and third stop lamp (center brake light).
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Possible Symptoms: Not applicable for this repair.
This repair can be used on the following BMW models:
Intermediate level repair.

Step 1 - Purchase Parts

You will need the following parts and supplies to perform this repair.

Tail Light Bulb

It has become trendy among some BMW enthusiasts to install aftermarket LED replacement bulbs in their tail lights. We do not condone that here at the Repair Guide for one major reason - aftermarket LED tail light bulbs may look cool, but sooner rather than later they are going to throw a dashboard error message because the vehicle doesn't recognize them. Only use Genuine BMW tail light bulbs in your vehicle...they may not be "cool" but they are street legal and keep the error messages off of your dashboard.

Tail light bulb

This little bulb is commonly used for the reverse light in your BMW's tail light. It is Genuine BMW and guaranteed to give years of hassle free perfomance.

Step 2 - Repair Procedure

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Before replacing the tail light bulbs, you will need to remove the tail light assembly from the trunk lid or the side panel of the vehicle. Please refer to our article Tail Light Removal (Left and Right) – 2012-2019 3 Series (F30) for more information.

1. Replacing the brake light and turn signal in side panel assembly.
Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)
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- Remove socket housing (2) from rear of tail light assembly.

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Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)
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- Replace desired bulb by pushing down and turning counterclockwise to remove..

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2. Replacing the tail light and brake light in trunk lid assembly.
Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)
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- Remove plug (1) from the socket housing.

- Squeeze latches (2) and remove the socket housing from the tail light.

Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)
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- Remove desired bulb by pressing down and turning counterclockwise to remove.

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3. Replacing the center brakelight (third stop lamp).
Tail Light Bulb Replacement – Brake, Turn, Reverse, Center Brake 2012-2019 BMW 3 Series (F30)
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- Note: The center brake light bulbs are part of the assembly and cannot be replaced separately.

- Use a plastic trim removal tool to pry the center brake light (1) loose from the roof liner.

- Unplug the center brakelight and replace.

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