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Nearside rear talil light housing?
« on: January 15, 2023, 01:24:49 PM »
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2023, 01:33:48 PM »
I can't seem to get the hardboard  surround off to access the rear tail-light housing that I need to replace,
I have a couple of you-tube vids that I thought might help, but doesn't appear to show how?
Hope that makes sense as I couldn't post the photos I took due to "file too large" or something
this is the unit I need to replace.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlNkEdhmQM
Any help is much appreciated.  :D
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2023, 01:57:19 PM »
I tried again to upload a photo, but states the uploader is full...What does that mean?
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2023, 02:36:30 PM »
Please read through this thread until the very end.   Things changed along the way from the first posting. 

However the practise still remains the same for posting pictures onto the forum.


http://www.mazda3forums.co.uk/index.php?topic=13040.0

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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2023, 10:44:56 AM »
Thanks, Will.
I've downloaded some photos to ImgBB.
But how do I hotlink? them to this forum?
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2023, 10:54:50 AM »
https://ibb.co/yq7DNqV

Take no notice of this link, I thought I'd found out how to do it  :-[



Edit:-  Did it for you  :)

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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2023, 12:30:10 PM »
Thank you.
So, would you kindly explain how it's done to a dummie, please?
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2023, 01:28:09 PM »
I can't  get the carpeted hardboard  surround off of my 2014 M3 to access the rear tail-light housing that I need to replace,
I have a couple of you-tube vids that I thought might help but doesn't  show how to remove the hardboard surround.
Hope that makes sense.
this is the unit I need to replace.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlNkEdhmQM
Any help is much appreciated.  :D
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2023, 05:58:38 PM »
It's oK, I managed to sort it out, and have fitted the new (used from eBay) light housing.
All working fine now.
I saved a bomb by finding it on eBay compared to a new one from Mazda. ;)
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2023, 07:24:58 PM »
It's oK, I managed to sort it out, and have fitted the new (used from eBay) light housing.
All working fine now.
I saved a bomb by finding it on eBay compared to a new one from Mazda. ;)

Good for you!  I was similarly looking for a replacement front left fog lamp (presume stone chip damage) for my car on eBay, and whilst I did find a couple, I couldn't verify their authenticity (I contacted the sellers to no avail) and fitting the damn thing is an absolute pain in the backside, needing to take off the front bumper and open up the wheel well inside dirt cover as well as possibly have the car on jacks to get decent access.  That level of DIY is not my forte.

The part was about £45 - £50 (lamp+housing); getting it done at the main dealership will cost me around £190.  All to replace the unit because the previous long-standing crack in the lens has developed into a hole.  Ironically the light still functions normally and it isn't an MOT failure item.  I've been tempted to just find a piece of plastic and glue it on over the top...

My former neighbours has an minor accident in their A3 (some idiot bumped into them in a car park) and it cost them (well, their insurer) well over £1k, partly because they've got an LED headlight cluster which cannot be repaired and is very complex/expensive to replace.  What happened to the 'good ol' days' when a broken lens could be replaced on its own and cheaply?

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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2023, 07:20:37 PM »
Yes some of the parts can be a pain to fit/replace
Being the cynic that I am. I believe motor companies make it so that it's harder for us DIYers to work on a car
I remember a screwdriver and hammer sorted most things out :D
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2023, 05:03:05 PM »
Andy.When you fitted the Spot light.
Did you upgrade it to an LED by any chance?
My spotlight's are a waste of time. No brightness in them at all.
I would like to upgrade them at some point (If indeed Led's are allowed?)
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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2023, 05:05:12 PM »
I had my front left fog lamp replaced just over a month ago - and 9sadly, for my wallet) at my local main dealer.  It was a like-for-like fitting, as the few left on Ebay didn't look kosher to me (I emailed one seller and never heard back) and their prices went up a good deal since I first looked a couple of years or so ago.  A friend of mine who owns an MX-5 put me in touch with another 'pattern parts' website they use, and they do have more available generally for Mazdas, though are sourced from a German firm, so I'd still have to pay for someone to fit them as I didn't feel confident doing it myself, the former likely costing between £75 - £100 in labour.

In the end I chickend out and went to the main dealer using the OEM part.  Be watchful if you do, as mine 'forgot' to add the labour charge on top on my original quotation (that would mean the part cost £180 vs the pattern part cost of a third or less) of around £80.  Luckily, me being a long term customer and with a bit of back and forth 'persuasion', they waived the fitting cost.  Still, £180 for something 30-40 years ago you could fix by replacing  a lens for £10 - probably yourself relatively easily.

The replacement part included the standard (presumably) halogen lamp, and I didn't ask about LEDs - I was originally debating whether to ask them whether they would fit a pattern part sourced by me, but given the 'negotiation' over the final price, I decided to table that disucssion.  The LED lamp question would be one I would raise generally, as they use far less power and thus can provide a decent level of illuminance.  Not sure whether the car's electrical systems can accept them on the headlamp/front fogs though - are the rear high level brake light lamps LEDs or just small filament ones?

I could ask next time I'm there, though hopefully (problems aside) that won't be until just after Christmas when I get the car serviced and MOTed, though I may be able to physically pop in and ask if I'm shopping nearby and have a few spare minutes.  Might be worth you emailing your local dealer in the meantime.

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Re: Nearside rear talil light housing?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2023, 07:51:18 PM »
Thanks for the informative reply.
I think after that I  might have to search around for information etc.
I'd like to upgrade my fogs to Whatever it takes before winter, as the originals are very poor IMO.
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