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Lightbulb Interior Light - 30th October 2013, 08:53 PM

In the middle of upgrading all the interior lights in my 60plate Cooper D, however I'm a bit stuck on removing the centre light as i cant see it anywhere else online or in this forum and I'm a bit afraid of pulling the whole unit of the roof. any ideas welcome!, once this mod's done i shall be putting up photos of my new to me Mini.

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Default 30th October 2013, 09:09 PM

Slide a screwdriver between the plastic cover and the base and gently prise apart it will unclip and once started will be easy to remove by hand.
  
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Default 30th October 2013, 09:18 PM

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Slide a screwdriver between the plastic cover and the base and gently prise apart it will unclip and once started will be easy to remove by hand.
when you say base do you mean green circuit board?
  
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Default 30th October 2013, 10:21 PM

I did mine using a small screwdriver placed under the plastic cover and using my finger held against the roof lining as a pivot point applied pressure until the first end clip gave way as I said once started it is easy to pull the remainder off.
  
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Default 31st October 2013, 11:22 AM

I've just changed ours on our FJCW

I removed the centre light by hand, working from the passenger side. It unclipped from the passenger side with all the wiring being on the drivers side. I can only hope MINI put all the centre lights in the same way.

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Default Interior Light - 5th November 2013, 10:41 PM

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I've just changed ours on our FJCW

I removed the centre light by hand, working from the passenger side. It unclipped from the passenger side with all the wiring being on the drivers side. I can only hope MINI put all the centre lights in the same way.

Easy enough job
Tried pulling it down again over the weekend and tonight but still feel like I'm pulling the whole light fitting off the roof.
I'm guessing your just pulling the plastic cover down? So the bulbs and connections stay attached to the roof?
I can't see why I'm struggling with this :/
  
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Default 5th November 2013, 11:01 PM

I tried this a few weeks ago to remove the dead flies which the dealer left for me when I bought the car...after much tugging and prying the whole unit came off the roof but I was then able to unclip the cover and insert the whole unit back into place. In short don't worry if the whole unit comes away!
  
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Default Interior Light - 5th November 2013, 11:13 PM

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In short don't worry if the whole unit comes away!
Thank you! That is what I was afraid off
I shall give it a go tomorrow
  
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Default 6th November 2013, 05:31 AM

The outer cover clips over the inner piece via 4 hooks, which are located about 2 cms from each end on both sides. I think they the small dark lumps at the base of each switch in the pictures you have of the unit with the light on.

You need to lever the cover away from the inner piece in a horizontal direction, close to where one of the hooks is located. You are not pulling it down. The use of a trim removal tool with a right angle end would be helpful. Once you have one hook clear the unit will lever off very easily.

If you don't have a trim removal tool then use a tape wrapped flat screw driver. Again you are looking to open the gap horizontally between the cover and the light unit.

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