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Though the styling may be questionable, side marker lights are actually required by law here in the United States. If your side marker lights have gone out, separated, or are just falling apart, a few minutes is all it takes to prevent a ticket or worse, an accident. 

Tools needed to complete brake rotor and pad replacement:

Parts needed to complete side marker replacement:

Steps to complete side marker replacement:

Step 1: Use Screw Driver To Pry Off Side Marker

Insert the tip of the flat head screwdriver into the top corner of the side marker. Gently pry toward you while inserting the screw driver further. With steady pressure, the side marker should pop out. 


Step 2: Disconnect Side Marker, Remove Bulb Socket, and Remove Bulb

The side marker simply disconnects from the electrical connection on the vehicle. Once you disconnect it, you will be able to remove the bulb socket and remove the old bulb. 


Step 3: Replace Bulb, Insert Bulb Socket Into New Side Marker, Re-connect

This is just the reverse of the above steps. The new bulb inserts the same way the old one came out. The bulb socket can then be inserted into the new side marker and plugged back into the connection on the vehicle. 

Step 4: Snap New Side Marker In Place

Firmly push both sides of the side marker straight into the opening. It will solidly snap into place. 


With the prevalence of texting and driving as well as countless other distractions, you need every advantage to be seen. Improperly functioning lights are a hazard that can't be overlooked. 

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Written by :
Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore

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