From RonStygar_at_aol.com Thu Jan 22 23:24:25 1998
From: Ron Stygar <RonStygar_at_aol.com>
Subject: <E36> Lets Engine Compartment Light my '96 328is
The following guide describes my experience installing a BMW engine
compartment light in my '96 328is. Read the complete guide before you start.
As always, feel free to do it your way. Here we go.
Engine room light assembly 63 31 8 350 554 $11.68
Engine room light switch 61 31 8 360 875 3.45
Bulb 12V 10W 07 50 9 063 577 1.30
Rivet 65 75 8 357 500 .52
Female Pin (2 each) 61 13 1 376 202 1.17
Tap-in (18-22 Ga.) connector, to tap into parking light
Insulated 1/4 inch female tab connector, to connect to switch
Shrink tubing, to cover BMW pins
Cable containing two 18 Ga. conductors (10 feet)
Mini ty-wraps (black)
The hood liner has a serrated rectangle directly above the (B) of the BMW
logo on the valve cover. If you cut out the serrated piece you will see a
similar rectangle in the hood sheet metal below the hood liner or above the
hood liner depending how you look at things. The engine room light assembly
will end up snapping into this hood liner sheet metal rectangle with its
connector end facing towards the front of the hood.
The light switch mounts in the sheet metal directly above the passenger
side high beam headlamp. You will see a 1/4 inch hole and a dimpled smaller
hole to the right, which is the switch mounting screw hole. I could not find
the part # for this screw in the parts fiche. The screw is the same as the one
used in the trunk light switch. I happened to have one in my miscellaneous
box. The 1/4" hole has to be enlarged to ~ 3/8 inch to accommodate the switch
barrel. Greasing your drill bit will hold on to most of the chips. I smoothed
out the drilled edge and painted using BMW touch up. Since it doesn't show,
you could use any color.
Attach the BMW female pins to one end of the two wire cable. Shrink tube
each pin and push on to the light assembly male pins. Undo the passenger side
of the hood liner. Insert the other end of the cable through the hood liner
sheet metal rectangle and snap the light assembly in place. Follow the wiring
down the hood support continuing toward the right front parking light area of
the vehicle ty-wrapping as you go.
Tap one of the two wires in the cable to the front right hand parking light
(gray/yellow) wire using one tap-in connector. This is the 5 watt portion of
the dual 5w / 21w lamp. Route the remaining wire to the switch. Crimp the 1/4
inch female tab connector to this wire and attach to the positioned switch.
Secure the switch. You should now have a lit engine compartment light,
assuming your parking lights are on. Pressing in the black engine light switch
button should extinguish the engine compartment light. If this happens, good
job! Secure the hood liner.
Place a small drop of white latex paint to the tip of the engine
compartment light switch button. Close and open the hood. You now have the
location of the rivet mounting point. Cut off the disc from the rivet, smooth
the cut and epoxy it, centered on the hood liner marked point. Clean the paint
from the switch button. When you close the hood, does the light really go out
Tapping into the parking light assumes if your parking lights are on, its
dark out. The American way like Ford does, is to light it up whenever the hood
is up. I like BMW's way better.
RonStygar_at_aol.com, FLI BMW, FLY BMW, BMWCCA 15924
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