2008 328i Passenger headlight assembly removal.
The headlight assembly is held in by 4 "star"
bolts (size 25); 2 visible on the top of the assembly, 2 not visible or easily
The 2 bolts not so visible require that the front
half of the wheel
well come off and the front bumper
or "nose" of the car.... The bumper is what
needs to come off, but there are 2 bumper bolts hidden by the wheel
The wheel well
is held in by 7mm bolts, 2 of which are actually bolted to the bumper on the
bumper is held on with 7mm bolts on
the bottom edge, and star bolts, size 25,
accessible on the top edge. (Hood
open). Here were my
Jack up the car on the side
you are replacing, remove wheel.
2. Using 7mm
socket, remove all the bolts to peel off the front half of the wheel well. With
the wheel well out, you can see the 2 other star bolts holding the headlight
assembly, but you can only remove one of them... even if you were good enough to
get both removed, the headlight assemble will not push out through the bumper....
Keep going with bumper removal.
3. Remove 2, 7mm
bolts of the front bumper that are now visible up near the outer edge of the
At this point I removed the
bumper's top edge start bolts and bottom edge 7mm bolts about 3/4 of the way
across the bumper...
The bumper is very flexible
and you can now pull it back , reach in, and get that last difficult star bolt
on the headlight assembly....
6. Don't forget
the one electrical connector....
7. I also
recommend testing the new assembly by plugging it in before removing anything