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How to Replace Kick Panel Light 97-06 BMW 325Xi

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How to Replace Kick Panel Light 97-06 BMW 325Xi

Created on: 2021-01-16

If the kick panel light or lens is broken and needs to be replaced, check out this video and learn how to replace it yourself

  1. step 1 :Removing the Kick Panel
    • Pry out the push-pin with a trim tool
    • Twist the retainer 90 degrees and pop it out
    • Remove the three Phillips screws from the panel
    • Slide the panel off the clips
    • Disconnect the speaker and light wiring harness
    • For the OBDII connector, pop the cover down, slide the lock back, and press on the connector from the front
  2. step 2 :Removing the Kick Panel Light
    • Slide the cover up and off
    • Press the tab on the light and press the light down and out
    • Slide the metal lock down and off
    • Remove the bulb with a flat blade screwdriver
  3. step 3 :Installing the Kick Panel Light
    • Press the 37R bulb into place
    • Slide the metal lock up
    • Press the light into the kick panel
    • Press the cover on
  4. step 4 :Installing the Kick Panel
    • Connect the speaker and light wiring harness
    • For the OBDII connector, press the connector in with the cover open, slide the lock on, press the cover on
    • Slide the panel onto the clips
    • Tighten the three Phillips screws to the panel
    • Twist the retainer 90 degrees
    • Press the push-pin in

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

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What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the kick panel light on this 2001 BMW 325xi. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

All right. First I want to take this pushpin out right here. You can use the trim tool and just slide the center part out. If you have a trim tool like this or even one like this, you can get that center piece out. Then once it's out a little bit, pop the clip out completely. There we go. Pull that off and this little retainer right here, you just twist it 90 degrees that we should be able to pop this out just like that. And you have three screws right here. Just use a Phillips head screwdriver. Take those screws out. Pull that out. Then there's a couple of clips that hold this in right here. Just slide those down. Slide this out.

Now we can disconnect the speaker right here. Grab the connector, slide it right out, then the light on the back here, you can grab this connector, slide that off, and then this OBD2 connector on the front of it. You're gonna pop this down, the cover and then there's a lock right here. Slide the lock back and then from the front, push on the connector and pop it right out. Slide the kick panel out. Grab this cover, slides up and just pull it up. Here's a clip holding that in right there, and then take the lamp assembly. There's a little tab right here. Push on that tab while you're pushing down on the light and there's two little feet right there. Slide that out. Here's the cover, what you do is take this lock right here. Just slide this and then you can access the bulb. Take a little pocket screwdriver, get underneath here, slide the bulb out.

This bulb is a 37 R bulb, so just line this up with the hole on that side and then just lock it in place and just take this cover, this cover goes on like this first and then you just slide that into position. Now we want to take this light assembly. Now with the feet that are on this side, those are going to slide in on the backside of the kick panel and then just lock in place like that. Take this cover, it's going to slide in position like this and just lock it down. All right, well I'll take the panel, slide it over the brake pedal area right there before I slide it all the way in, we want to connect these connectors. We're going to connect the speaker connector first, right here. Just line that up. Then this light. The light in the back there is a tab, the tab you want facing towards the inside of the car. It's kind of hard to get this in because you can't really see what you're doing.

Just slide that in position, lock it in place, and then with the OBD 2 connector and then make sure I have this cover open. Take the connector with that lock unlocked, slide that in position, lock that down, lock the lock down. Then you can close the cover on the front. We're ready to slide this in. Get this all lined up. Lock these in right here just like that. I'm going to take the screws, just get the screws started first, just so everything's lined up. I'm not going to tighten them down all the way yet. Get that lined up. Same with this one. With those in there, then we can take this retainer and you're going to start with this retainer sideways like this, press it in, and then twist it 90 degrees and then it'll keep that secure. And then take the push pin, line the push pin up just like that, and then push in the center. That's secure. Now we can tighten up the screws. Take Your Phillips head screwdriver. Just tighten these up. Just snug up, it is plastic.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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