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Old 05-21-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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C5 turn signal bulb replacement w/(PICS) write up...

Well for some of you that talked to me about replacing the turn signal bulb in the pass. side of my 2000 hardtop, here is the write up and pics to go with it. It's not much of a write up, but I had no idea how to get to the bulb and a BIG thanks to The Bad and b2gcoder for there imput and how to info. Here is my write up and a few pics to go with it!


The bulb is going to cost you around $4 or $5 depending on where you get it from. I tried Wal-Mart first, but could not find it there, so I had to go to a parts store and they had it for $4.47...which the guy says to me before he tells me the price "Wow, this bulb is expensive!" I'm thinking he's going to tell me it cost $10 or $15! Then he tells me the cost, and then I'm ok again.

You will find that MOST of us can not reach the bulb from the top at all. So here is the best way to get to the bulb.

You will need...a small tool kit for the screws, a floor jack (or two) and maybe a small cloth towel (in case the bulb is hot). AND the bulb too!

First off...find a location where you have the most level surface and some room to lay down...your going to need the most room by the nose of the car. Plus, jacking a car up on an uneven surface is just asking to get something crushed...and that's just not good!

Second....Most floor jacks are NOT going to slide under the bottom of a C5...so it helps to grab the one out of your wife, or friend or other car to get it started. Make SURE you are putting the jack in the correct place on the frame of your car...last thing you want to do is start jacking the floor out of the car!

As for me...I used the second jack to get it up in the air, then used a floor jack for the rest of the job, because it's more sturdy and safe.



Once the nose is in the air far enough to safely side under your going to be looking for the screws that hold the lower brake air intake cover on....there should be 3 or 4 of them...so just take those out!



Once they are out...it should look like this!



Now comes the FUN part! You'll need to bend this back toward the tire so that you can reach your arm up into the nose to find the bulb and housing area. Pull it back toward the tire like so...



For me...I could feel three bulbs...the fog light, and the large housing for the corner light and turn signal bulb. You will be able to tell which one you need as they are in the same housing...you want the one that is closest to the front.
Once you find the closest one to the front, you may need to give it a little twist or two to get it loose again. To get the bulb free twist it counter clockwise, or left towards the front.

Now that you have the bulb out of the housing...it may be hot so be careful. It should cool down fairly quickly but just in case it's smart to have a small cloth rag there to hold it for now. The bulb should pull right out, but it may be a little difficult to get both hands up into the same spot...so it helps to have some one there to help in this situtation. With the hood open, have the other person grab the plastic part of the bulb socket to help pull the bulb out. Then grab the new bulb and put that one in with there help. Again, since you may want to have the headlights up so that the person helping you can better reach that area, the bulb may get hot quickly...so be careful.

Now that the new bulb is in...MAKE SURE IT WORKS before putting everything back together! You can just see the bulb in the picture below and make sure the blinker is working again too!



Now just put the bulb back in the correct location, make sure to twist back to the right (clock wise) and make sure that it is locked in place. Next put the peices back together and repeat the process in reverse order to put the Vette back down!

The whole process shouldn't take longer than a half hour, tops! I did this over at my in-laws garage since my father in law has a nice big garage and floor jack. My wife says to me on the way home. "You like working on your car and getting your hands dirty, don't you? Even the small stuff like that bulb!" "I can see it in your eyes."

Hope this helps!

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Old 05-21-2007, 02:44 PM   #2
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Thanks for the play by play! However, I'm not able to see the pics.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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Yep, yahoo wants me to sign in. Just upload the pics to our gallery and edit your post to re-link the pics.

Thank you for putting this writeup together.
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Thanks for the write-up!

There's nothing better than the satisfaction of doing it yourself, no matter how "small" the project.
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Thanks for the write up. I am sure I will refer to it sometime soon.

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PICS are up!

Pics are up and working! Hope this helps!

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My wife says to me on the way home. "You like working on your car and getting your hands dirty, don't you? Even the small stuff like that bulb!" "I can see it in your eyes."

Thanks for the info....My wife Says I break thing just so I'll have some thing to fix...
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I'm glad to see that it worked out for you! Thanks for the write-up, as it helps everyone.

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Maybe an easier way

I'm not sure what year your vette is, or of it matters. I counldn't find the screws and panel to take off from underneath. Instead, I just pushed back the air duct from the front opening and found that with a litle effort "(nd sweaty wrists), I could slide my hand in far enough to turn the bulb holder and remove it. The wire is long enough that it will handgout of the front opening, and then push it back through before you reinsert your hand. I wear a large golf glove, so you don't need really small hands to do this, but the sweat definitely helped.

The local Chevy dealer wanted $60 when I called about this.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:47 AM   #10
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Nice write up. I've had my car for 8 months and have replaced the left front turn signal bulb for the 3rd time. The first time shortly after buying the car. I believe, at least in part moisture is responsible for the bulb failures. I noticed the first two failures after using one of the drive through car washes with the application of the under carriage wash. The air duct was out of place and I have since fixed it but had yet another bulb failure. I also have a hair line crack in the front of the lens about an inch long but have not done anything to repair it as of yet. Replacing the bulb every 6 mos or so is not a problem but the idea of a $900 dollar repair from the dealer as I've seen in one of other threads is, as is the $60 fee described here. Even at the rate of 4 failures a year at 15 minutes each to repair for me can't justify taking it to the dealer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The last bulb lasted several months. I used Sure Connect Grease on the bulb base the last time I installed the Sylvania replacement. The difference in bulb life was significant. This time I used the grease liberally where the three wires enter the bulb receptacle and around the bulb itself. Hopefully the results will improve again.

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Nice write up. I've had my car for 8 months and have replaced the left front turn signal bulb for the 3rd time. The first time shortly after buying the car. I believe, at least in part moisture is responsible for the bulb failures. I noticed the first two failures after using one of the drive through car washes with the application of the under carriage wash. The air duct was out of place and I have since fixed it but had yet another bulb failure. I also have a hair line crack in the front of the lens about an inch long but have not done anything to repair it as of yet. Replacing the bulb every 6 mos or so is not a problem but the idea of a $900 dollar repair from the dealer as I've seen in one of other threads is, as is the $60 fee described here. Even at the rate of 4 failures a year at 15 minutes each to repair for me can't justify taking it to the dealer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The last bulb lasted several months. I used Sure Connect Grease on the bulb base the last time I installed the Sylvania replacement. The difference in bulb life was significant. This time I used the grease liberally where the three wires enter the bulb receptacle and around the bulb itself. Hopefully the results will improve again.

I have had the same problem. Someone that works at a dealer posted that the issue is water coming in and touching the hot bulb. The fix is to seal the housing with silicone where it is cracked. I plan to take the signal housing out through the bottom when it gets warmer here and seal it up.

For me it is an easy reach in to replace it from the top. I just remove that hood aligning bolt and with the light open there is enough room for me to get to it. It is helpful to have someone hand you the bulb as you need to remove and replace one handed. Now that I've done it 3 times it is easy.
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The bulb should pull right out, but it may be a little difficult to get both hands up into the same spot...so it helps to have some one there to help in this situtation. With the hood open, have the other person grab the plastic part of the bulb socket to help pull the bulb out. Then grab the new bulb and put that one in with there help.
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Thanks for the write up.

I have the bulb and it's holder removed from the turn signal housing. For the life of me, I cannot get the bulb out of the holder. Is there something I need to do special to remove the bulb from the holder? Do I need a special bulb removal tool. It looks like there are 2 tabs, one on each side of the bulb. Do I need to pry these apart to get the bulb out?

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You don't need anything. You just need to tug and gently wiggle the bulb until it comes out. WARNING: Obviously, your bulb has rusted into the socket. Thus, WEAR SOME THICK GLOVES when tugging on it as it can shatter in your hand. That would be a nasty cut.

I also suggest that you replace your DRL housing. The bulb has obviously burned a hole in the lens and that is how water is entering the housing and blowing the bulb. Common problem. See picture below:



By the way, there's a quicker way to change those bulbs. This is quite an old thread so I guess it wasn't figured out by then, Here you go.

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You don't need anything. You just need to tug and gently wiggle the bulb until it comes out. WARNING: Obviously, your bulb has rusted into the socket. Thus, WEAR SOME THICK GLOVES when tugging on it as it can shatter in your hand. That would be a nasty cut.

I also suggest that you replace your DRL housing. The bulb has obviously burned a hole in the lens and that is how water is entering the housing and blowing the bulb. Common problem. See picture below:



By the way, there's a quicker way to change those bulbs. This is quite an old thread so I guess it wasn't figured out by then, Here you go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaUEo...el_video_title
Yo Junk, I knew you would be all over this one. I used your method to replace both of mine in like 5 minutes. Easy...
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