BMW White Lights, how to change brake light bulb? - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > MINI Exterior > First Generation MINI Exterior


First Generation MINI Exterior
Find Sponsor products associated with this forum
First Generation MINI Exterior 2001 - 2006

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do you change the bulb in auxiliary driving lights Tigercub Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Sep 23rd, 2013 07:38 PM
Brake light staying on shazab_rafiq First Generation Faults & Fixes 5 Apr 12th, 2013 01:59 PM
High Level Brake Light linked with main lights???? thebigwoooo First Generation MINI Cooper 2 Nov 1st, 2012 01:29 PM
R56 MCS Reverse light bulb change in rear light cluster Ryanjdover Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Oct 13th, 2012 03:39 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old May 13th, 2005, 08:03 PM
The Works's Avatar
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex
Posts: 38
Local Time: 12:10 PM
England
BMW White Lights, how to change brake light bulb?

This may seem a silly question but how do you change the brake light bulbs in the BMW White lights?

I've just sold mine as I never got round to fitting them but the guy who's fitting them can't seem to get the brake light bulb out (sealed unit?).

Thanks

Michael

210bhp Works Cooper S and 550bhp Ultima GTR
www.ultima-gtr.co.uk
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old May 13th, 2005, 08:14 PM
cooperstan's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Watford
Posts: 90
Local Time: 12:10 PM
United Kingdom View cooperstan's Pepper White & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
As I remember when I fitted mine, the bulbs are soldered to the bulb holder. The bulb holder itself is seperate to the lamp but it looks like individual bulbs cant be replaced and you have to change the whole unit, i.e the holder the bulbs actually fit into, god only knows why. He may have to change the entire holder or unsolder the bulb...

I've kept my old lights so I can use the old holder in the clear lamp unit when the bulbs blow. The same bulbs as fitted in the white light kit are available from most car shops.

Hope that makes sense, my old lamps arent here otherwise I would take a picture.

Pepper White/Black Cooper S GTT210
Milltek Exhaust, Cooper Motorsport Strut Brace, Eibach Springs.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old May 13th, 2005, 08:18 PM
The Works's Avatar
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex
Posts: 38
Local Time: 12:10 PM
England
Cheers cooperstan,

Don't suppose anyone does have pics of this so I can send them to him.

Michael

210bhp Works Cooper S and 550bhp Ultima GTR
www.ultima-gtr.co.uk
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old May 13th, 2005, 08:21 PM
ALD0's Avatar
Has met Quack Quack Jack
MINI2 Master
Offline
Send a message via MSN to ALD0 Send a message via Skype™ to ALD0
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester
Posts: 9,649
Local Time: 11:10 AM
United Kingdom Male View ALD0's Hyper Blue & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View ALD0's Classified Ads
Thats correct-They are soldered for some stupid unkown reason! Though it might be fairly easy to remove with a solder iron?
Alternatively like cooperstan said, obtain a set of original pre 05 clusters off Ebay-Usually 20+Postage then swap the bulb holders across, you will have to buy the various buls though, Brake , Fog indicator etc in with silver coating like the ones in there now.
Only thing else could suggest is take them back to dealer and play hell that this is the most stupid design you have ever seen and you want replacements!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old May 14th, 2005, 08:05 AM
StevePSB's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
Send a message via ICQ to StevePSB Send a message via MSN to StevePSB
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bedworth / Doncaster
Posts: 1,561
Local Time: 12:10 PM
England
Not sure that would go down very well... It's not the dealers fault. If the lights are less than two years old and you have your original receipt (assuming they came from a dealer) then they'll be covered by warranty.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Aug 24th, 2008, 12:21 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 5
Local Time: 06:10 AM
United States Male
United-States Replacing brake bulb in Cooper S

I know this is way too late for you, but hopefully this helps others.

Just replaced the brake bulb on my '06 Cooper S. Here's the blow-by-blow:
1) Opened the access panel
2) Unscrewed the 10 mm hex nut holding in the brake light assembly
3) Detached the cable harness, pressed in the retaining springs and removed the assembly
4) Squeezed the clips to remove the bulb board (holding 3 bulbs) from the lens cover
5) Removed the brake bulb from the board (press in and rotate ~ 45 degrees)

Installation is the opposite of removal.

According to my Bentley manual, owners of convertible Coopers need to replace the entire assembly.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Aug 24th, 2008, 08:54 PM
ALD0's Avatar
Has met Quack Quack Jack
MINI2 Master
Offline
Send a message via MSN to ALD0 Send a message via Skype™ to ALD0
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chester
Posts: 9,649
Local Time: 11:10 AM
United Kingdom Male View ALD0's Hyper Blue & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View ALD0's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by StaticInnerClass (original)
I know this is way too late for you, but hopefully this helps others.

Just replaced the brake bulb on my '06 Cooper S. Here's the blow-by-blow:
1) Opened the access panel
2) Unscrewed the 10 mm hex nut holding in the brake light assembly
3) Detached the cable harness, pressed in the retaining springs and removed the assembly
4) Squeezed the clips to remove the bulb board (holding 3 bulbs) from the lens cover
5) Removed the brake bulb from the board (press in and rotate ~ 45 degrees)

Installation is the opposite of removal.

According to my Bentley manual, owners of convertible Coopers need to replace the entire assembly.

Think thats for the normal lights not the White lights where BMW soldered all the bulbs to the light circuit board
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Sep 16th, 2008, 01:59 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 5
Local Time: 06:10 AM
United States Male
Quote: Originally Posted by ALD0 (original)
Think thats for the normal lights not the White lights where BMW soldered all the bulbs to the light circuit board

Ah, never realized there was an option when it came to the tail lights, and had not noticed any difference when it came to the lights on the 02-06 Minis. I'll be keeping an eye out for them... I'm interested to see what they look like.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Oct 17th, 2011, 04:08 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1
Local Time: 12:10 PM
United Kingdom
John Cooper white rear lights (BMW JCW Mk.1)

I had exactly this problem with the JCW Clear rear lenses when replacing a stop/tail yesterday.

There seems to be no reason to solder the bulbs in, other than greed ! - get a solder gun and solder-sucker - and desolder the bulbs !

I guess you could always get a set of normal lights from a scrappy and use their bulb-holders if you don't want to desolder everything !

Nobody at the Mini dealerships I've called seems to even know of their existence or be able to supply the special bulbs !!!!

So, the solution. Buy two rear facing White LED's (That glow Red !). Amazingly, got mine at Halfords in the (ahem, do not tell anyone) Ripspeed section (12 !) - they look better than the originals.

I still cannot find anyone that sells the individual pearlescent bulbd (Plenty of chrome ones, but no pearlescents !)

How do the white lights work without reflectors - I know JCW used to sell them (now obsolete !), but where did they go on the car ?

BTW the dealers wanted about 38 a side !!!! - daylight robbery !
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Oct 17th, 2011, 10:54 PM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,576
Local Time: 12:10 PM
United Kingdom Male
More info here on replacement bulbs, etc:
http://www.mini2.com/forum/first-gen...t-problem.html

I think the red reflectors were stuck on the rear bumper for MOT purposes in the UK market.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do you change the bulb in auxiliary driving lights Tigercub Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Sep 23rd, 2013 07:38 PM
Brake light staying on shazab_rafiq First Generation Faults & Fixes 5 Apr 12th, 2013 01:59 PM
High Level Brake Light linked with main lights???? thebigwoooo First Generation MINI Cooper 2 Nov 1st, 2012 01:29 PM
R56 MCS Reverse light bulb change in rear light cluster Ryanjdover Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Oct 13th, 2012 03:39 PM

» Recent Threads
2nd hand JCW Sytner Coventry
Jul 16th, 2014 06:38 PM
by LA3195
Last post by LA3195
Today 09:49 AM
5 Replies, 672 Views
Mini One R50 from Poland
Yesterday 05:35 PM
Last post by protetyk_mirus
Today 08:14 AM
4 Replies, 213 Views
Cold start issue
Jul 23rd, 2014 11:20 PM
Last post by race4aliving
Today 04:19 AM
2 Replies, 335 Views
Need help with part numbers - CV boots for right front axle MCS
Jul 5th, 2014 11:09 PM
Last post by David.R53
Today 02:19 AM
1 Replies, 361 Views
Northeast Track Days 2014 Schedule
Mar 13th, 2014 03:36 PM
by NTD
Last post by NTD
Today 01:06 AM
10 Replies, 1,170 Views
Northeast Track Days
Apr 25th, 2014 01:09 AM
by NTD
Last post by NTD
Today 01:03 AM
5 Replies, 920 Views
Steve McQueen's Mini Cooper S
Yesterday 10:45 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:45 PM
0 Replies, 175 Views
fan starts as soon as engine starts
Yesterday 02:45 PM
by 4x4mini
Last post by 4x4mini
Yesterday 10:14 PM
2 Replies, 211 Views
Newbie question for R53 JCW owners
Jun 11th, 2014 01:06 PM
by Chuck21
Last post by Marshalliom
Yesterday 09:55 PM
1 Replies, 643 Views
MINI Superleggera Concept is a Modern Day Classic
May 26th, 2014 11:44 PM
Last post by Marshalliom
Yesterday 09:47 PM
6 Replies, 2,051 Views
air con not working 2010 cooper mayfair
Yesterday 06:10 PM
Last post by shighter
Yesterday 06:10 PM
0 Replies, 138 Views
Back Up Light stays on
Yesterday 05:26 PM
Last post by Charlie74
Yesterday 05:26 PM
0 Replies, 144 Views
Thought I fixed it but it's still broke down
Jul 24th, 2014 09:31 PM
by Dolf
Last post by Dolf
Yesterday 05:21 PM
2 Replies, 299 Views
Has anybody chipped/re-mapped a petrol countryman one?
Yesterday 04:52 PM
Last post by Warriorbez
Yesterday 04:52 PM
0 Replies, 145 Views
Flat Spot - What to Check Next?
Yesterday 04:20 PM
Last post by bargeemark
Yesterday 04:20 PM
0 Replies, 149 Views
Question about hood replacement
Jul 24th, 2014 08:25 PM
Last post by drozd
Yesterday 04:13 PM
2 Replies, 243 Views
jl audio CS112LG-TW3 will it fit?
Jul 24th, 2014 06:38 PM
by erictye
Last post by erictye
Yesterday 03:47 PM
2 Replies, 293 Views
MPG Mini Cooper s
Jul 21st, 2014 01:50 AM
Last post by Marshalliom
Yesterday 03:22 PM
5 Replies, 611 Views
Storage behind rear lights
Yesterday 08:12 AM
Last post by ScreamMini
Yesterday 02:48 PM
4 Replies, 219 Views
Central locking interior switch - fault or design?
Yesterday 08:35 AM
Last post by ScreamMini
Yesterday 02:43 PM
3 Replies, 235 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:10 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2