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Old 09-25-2011, 05:03 PM   #16
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Yeah, those are easy to get to when you're as short as the Junkman
I have no trouble reaching those bulbs if I stand on Spiderpat's shoulders!
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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.
Junkman... You da man!

I was trying to go through the open headlight after I removed its bezel. Going through the brake duct was MUCH easier.

Concerning the bulb, I don't think there was corrosion. I think the base of the bulb heated up and expanded, hence wedging itself in the socket. I eventually got it out, but in pieces:



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You're welcome. You are still going to have to fix that broken lens or every bulb that you put in there is going to blow the second one drop of water touches it.

On a side note, check out these thread on how to post and resize images. I think that you will find them useful.
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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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Well, it was my turn to perform this operation. I have girl-hands so I figured this would be a piece of cake through the brake ducts as you show in the video, but of course, nothing can be that easy for me.

First of all forcing my hand in that opening felt like I was trying extract a baby from a virgin (a miracle in and of itself). I could not believe how hard that was even with my small hands! A little pleasure-lube applied to the wrist; however, and I was in.

I could grab the socket but needed a 6th finger on the back of my hand to depress the locking tab while trying to turn the socket at the same time... something like this...



This shows the damn locking tab on my socket...



Without the locking tab, this would have been easy through the brake duct. In my case I finally got to mine from behind the headlight by removing the bezel then pushed the harness out through the brake duct. I should be able to reinstall through the brake duct, but I don't see how you can depress that locking tab AND turn the socket with only 5 fingers on one hand through that opening???

To make things worse, the locking tab is positioned to where the lamp housing is in the way as well - just to make it hard I guess?
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The reason you had a time at it was because you used the wrong hand. Notice which hand I say to use in the video.
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The reason you had a time at it was because you used the wrong hand. Notice which hand I say to use in the video.
What are you pressing on the locking tab with? Your index finger?
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Either my thumb or index finger, I can't remember since it has been so long. I replaced my lenses so that I wouldn't have to keep replacing the bulbs and then I got a Tiger Shark. Been years since I've had to change those bulbs.
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Either my thumb or index finger, I can't remember since it has been so long. I replaced my lenses so that I wouldn't have to keep replacing the bulbs and then I got a Tiger Shark. Been years since I've had to change those bulbs.
Hmmm. Well all I can say is that if I had a thumb that long, my bulb change would have taken 10 minutes and I would not be sleeping alone tonight.
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Did you check the video and make sure that you were using the right hand?
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Ok well im going to get a bulbs tomorrow. Dont know if this will work for me as i have rather large hands (size 13 wedding ring).
But ill give it a try. My passenger side blinker up front doesn't work and the turn signals flash fast annoying me to death.
My question is my drl housing has a crack i noticed, i know it needs to be replaced. How hard is this any DIY's aj
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Did you check the video and make sure that you were using the right hand?
Yes, you made that very clear in your video. Could be that I just did not get how the locking tab worked. I am planning on reinstalling tonight through the brake duct and will see if I can get it back out that way.
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Well... it went back in is about 30-seconds, but I could not get to the tab to take it back out, so I guess my had is just not configured that way... tab is blocked by the housing unless I come through the headlight opening.

However, now that I have the new bulb in I see that I am still not getting the high-beam filament on the bulb to work - so no flasher on the right front or bright running light during daytime on front right. The low-beam filament does work (but so did the old one). (Note: Rear turn signals work fine as well as the left front).

Is there a separate fuse for that one bulb or do I maybe have a signal stalk going out?

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Ok well im going to get a bulbs tomorrow. Dont know if this will work for me as i have rather large hands (size 13 wedding ring).
But ill give it a try. My passenger side blinker up front doesn't work and the turn signals flash fast annoying me to death.
My question is my drl housing has a crack i noticed, i know it needs to be replaced. How hard is this any DIY's aj
It's relatively easy to replace the housing. You can raise the front end and go through the bottom access panel. If you decide to go through the top, make sure that you disconnect the headlight power harness! If you don't, that headlight bucket will close on your hand in exactly 15 minutes after you turn the power off to the light. I have yet to make that mistake but I hear the pain is beyond words.

Here are the instructions, and some pictures that will help.

This picture is what you would see when looking at the housing from the bottom of the car.




This picture is with the bumper off the car, and looking at the housing at eye level.






Again, from the bottom, but of the driver's side of the car (the other views were of the passenger's side).




From the top again. Remember, I have a Tiger Shark front fascia so my vents look a little different but the removal and installation is exactly the same as it is on a stock bumper.


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... Is there a separate fuse for that one bulb or do I maybe have a signal stalk going out?
No. What you have is a corrosion issue. Water has gotten into that socket and rust has developed on the contacts. You need to either clean that socket out real well, or replace it.

Don't go to the dealer trying to get one of those sockets because they want $70+ smackers for one!

I have seen them on
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No. What you have is a corrosion issue. Water has gotten into that socket and rust has developed on the contacts. You need to either clean that socket out real well, or replace it.

Don't go to the dealer trying to get one of those sockets because they want $70+ smackers for one!

I have seen them on Amazon for $33 and up.
I think you are right... I will check that out today.

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