In Reply to: Re: Ash Tray Light posted by marko-mb-slo on October 14, 2001 at 12:15:58:
No solder required. I just replaced one of mine and it just pops into the socket. Radio Shack is a lot closer for me than dealer and I was able to get a bulb, slightly brighter, and it works fine.
Does anyone know if the rear ashtrays are supposed to light up. Mine have an orange type light looking think in them but I don't think they have ever lit up.
Bulb is 12 V, 1.2 W, just resolder new bulb on existing housing.
In my car bulb is soldered to the housing.
Interesting. My car is a '94 740iL. On it, the wires had clips which attached to the socket. The socket was a friction fit into a hole which allows some adjustment of height to match the "window" in the ashtray. I had to pull the socket from the hole to replace the bulb.
On a related topic, I replaced the bulb in the window switch on the same door and it DID require solder -- and a red marker to color the bulb.