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Replacing The Side Indicator Repeaters

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Replacing The Side Indicator Repeaters

Post by Markyrsfocus » Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:00 am

Has anyone successfully removed the side repeaters in the wings without the clip on the back pinging into the wing well?

I noticed that both of my repeaters had water droplets in them so decided to try and dry them.

Wrong decision.

Did a bit of a search and found that you push them backwards until the front can pop out.

Tried this, but it would pop out at the front, so tried pulling on the back.

Then it went ping, the unit came out, but the clip went in!

I didn't do the second in case there is a clever way to do it without losing the clip.

Any help on putting it back would be appreciated, they are not cheap!

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Post by sapphireblack » Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:28 pm

From memory on my E53, your method is correct, push backwards and the front releases.

Lifting from the rear will likely ping the spring clip off :( I'd think you'll have to replace it now or perhaps apply some thin double sided to the inner edges if possible.

** More thoughts.

More work but perhaps remove the wheel and un-clip the liner, perhaps you'll find the clip :thumbsup:
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Post by X5Sport » Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:31 pm

All that I can find suggests inserting a credit card (or similar) from the rear of the repeater - flush with the wing - and push forward in such a way the front swings out. Makes no mention of putting them back in, but I read it as make sure the rear is engaged first and then insert the front until it locks back in?
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Post by Markyrsfocus » Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:41 pm

Thanks for that.

I just picked up the replacements from my BMW Dealer, and whilst I was there, I got them to ask a techie how they remove them, and they just said slide them backwards until they won't go any further, and pull them out.

This won't work, as the metal clip sits behind the back face of the wing, and you cannot pull the front out, as that is where the wiring plug is situated.

On the first one, it pinged off, on the second, the clip just bent backwards, and came out with the unit. My assumption is that as this is a not serviceable item, it is designed to fail when it is removed.

Putting them back was a cinch. Just clip on the plug, make sure that they work first, and just place the front into the slot, then push the back into place.

The clip just squashes slightly, and then springs back into place behind the back face of the wing.

On the first one, the top of the lens was no longer sealed, on the second, the whole lens pulled off as I tried to get it out!

That explains why they had water in them.

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Post by sapphireblack » Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:53 pm

Oh well, if they needed replacement anyway, a worthwhile job.

Curious what they cost?

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Post by Markyrsfocus » Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:44 pm

They came in at £86.98 for the pair.

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Post by Leslie » Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:20 pm

I was polishing the car one day and bumped one with my hand , heard the dreaded ping into the wing too :headbang: These are every brittle and certainly not designed to removed after a few years as the plastic becomes brittle ,even if you could get the clip back the place it sits into had broken off ,had to buy a new one in the end of Bmw. Mine looked mint and didn't need replacement before :rofl:

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Post by StuBeeDoo » Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:27 pm

Leslie wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:20 pmI was polishing the car one day and bumped one with my hand , heard the dreaded ping into the wing too :headbang: These are every brittle and certainly not designed to removed after a few years as the plastic becomes brittle ,even if you could get the clip back the place it sits into had broken off ,had to buy a new one in the end of Bmw. Mine looked mint and didn't need replacement before :rofl:
I had the same with my E46.
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Post by sapphireblack » Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:20 am

Markyrsfocus wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:44 pm They came in at £86.98 for the pair.

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Ouch :(

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Post by Markyrsfocus » Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:52 am

Yep, so I will definitely be careful when I am polishing anywhere near them!


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