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Old 09-11-2010, 05:15 PM
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Default HOW TO replace headlight bulb. Pictured step by step instructions


Ok guys, My passenger side low beam went out and since last time it gave me a HUGE headache, I decided to to a DIY for it.

This is actually an EXTREMELY EASY job which can be done under 5 minutes. I tried to go into as much detail as possible for those who has no knowledge, so, they could understand it better.

Do this at your own risk.

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:04 PM
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Ok guys, My driver side low beam went out and since last time it gave me a HUGE headache, I decided to to a DIY for it.

This is actually an EXTREMELY EASY job which can be done under 5 minutes. I tried to go into as much detail as possible for those who has no knowledge, so, they could understand it better.

Do this at your own risk.

Enjoy:
Looks like the passenger side to me. ( Edit ; OK you corrected the side now)

I did my driver side two weeks ago and the passenger side went this week and by coincidence I changed it today.

You are right, do not remove the clip, just swing it up.

If you have it in with the flats down and it does not seem to be aligned correctly do not undo the clip, just grab the electrical socket and move it into the correct position and you will feel it snap into its seat.

The drivers side is easier than the passenger side where there is hardly any room. Needle nose pliers with 45 degree ends are the best tool to use to pull the plug and to push and release the clip.

If you have fingers like Polish sausages you will have a real hard time.




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Old 09-11-2010, 06:13 PM
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and dont touch the glass of the new bulb with your greasy fingers...



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Looks like the passenger side to me.

I did my driver side two weeks ago and the passenger side went this week.

You are right, do not remove the clip, just swing it up.

If you have it in with the flats down and it does not seem to be aligned correctly do not undo the clip, just grab the electrical socket and move it into the correct position.

The drivers side is easier than the passenger side where there is hardly any room. Needle nose pliers with 45 degree ends are the best tool to use to pull the plug and to push and release the clip.

If you have fingers like Polish sausages you will have a real hard time.
yes, it was the passenger side. Not sure why i typed driver side LOL.

this job was so easy, everyone (men and women) should do it themselves.


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Old 09-11-2010, 11:14 PM
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Thanks for the DIY, Muscle. Printed and tacked in the garage.




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Old 09-12-2010, 01:06 AM
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and dont touch the glass of the new bulb with your greasy fingers...
LOL, I thought the exact same thing when I saw the last picture. Muscle may get the opportunity to replace it again in the near future.
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LOL, I thought the exact same thing when I saw the last picture. Muscle may get the opportunity to replace it again in the near future.
Pictured bulb is the "bad" bulb folks


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Old 09-12-2010, 04:25 AM
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Pictured bulb is the "bad" bulb folks
Sure it is
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If you have fingers like Polish sausages you will have a real hard time.


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Good job on illustrating and explaining the procedure. This type of contribution adds value to the forum. Thanks for putting your time into it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for the pictures, please advise what the part number of the circled part in picture 3.

I cracked mine about a year ago and a couple of months ago it fried.


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Thanks for the pictures, please advise what the part number of the circled part in picture 3.

I cracked mine about a year ago and a couple of months ago it fried.
I think is 05102615aa connector, headlamp

@musclefan21 i took all your photos and created a pdf hope you dont mind.

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Old 09-16-2010, 06:54 PM
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Musclefan mentioned not being able to put the spring back after taking it out rather than lifting it up out of the way. Here is a view of the spring and its mounting points.
Just put one end in place and flex the spring enough to insert the other end.
Yeah I know, easier said than done, use needle nose pliers and a mirror, if you are nervous about it springing away tie a thin piece of string or thread to it and tie the other end down.




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Musclefan mentioned not being able to put the spring back after taking it out rather than lifting it up out of the way. Here is a view of the spring and its mounting points.
Just put one end in place and flex the spring enough to insert the other end.
Yeah I know, easier said than done, use needle nose pliers and a mirror, if you are nervous about it springing away tie a thin piece of string or thread to it and tie the other end down.
Nice tip, I never thought about tying a piece of string to it.
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I moved this thread here into the Exterior & Lighting section here on the forum and stickied it
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sorry first pdf file didn't turn out right.
attached is a new version pdf
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Well, damn headlight went out again. I am wondering if it went out because I bought a cheap autozone headlight?? ....or something else is causing it...?? hmmm...


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Old 10-14-2010, 12:00 AM
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when u replaced the headlight, did you replace both left and right? Is it the same side bulb that died again?


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Old 10-14-2010, 01:08 AM
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Well, damn headlight went out again. I am wondering if it went out because I bought a cheap autozone headlight?? ....or something else is causing it...?? hmmm...
You cannot judge a brand of bulb on the performance of one bulb. Some bulbs will last a long time and some will blow as soon as you turn them on. You would have to check a larger number, the more tested the better, to would reveal the average life of the bulbs. Even then the majority could last longer or shorter than the average.
My OEM bulbs lasted nearly 30,000k and were on all the time the car was in drive (DTRL) and they went within 2 weeks of one another, just coincidence.



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There must be something in the air. My passanger side went out the other day. Thanks fot the photos and info. I drove to work this morning, the dang things were pointed down, got them properly seated this evening. Can't wait to try them in the a.m. I got the Sylvania SilverStar Ultras, $ 40.00 for the pait @ Advanced Auto.


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