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Old 09-26-2012, 04:20 PM
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How to change a head light bulb

OK, so determined my head light bulb is going bad. So I looked at where the bulb is, i removed the dust cover that sits over the top from of the engine bay. Then pulled off the round shaped dust cover covering where the bulb sits. It is fairly hard to see any further. How do you change the bulb from there? Thanks guys
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OK, so took a picture of the bulb, I see that the bracket is holding it but not sure how to remove it.. Seems like i a going to have to remove the inner fender well to gain access. This bulb is located on the passengers side. Does anyone know how to remove the bracket?
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I think you have to squeeze the bracket together.
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Try twisting it.
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DO NOT TWIST ANYTHING!

From the service manual:

Grasp the tabs (4) of the spring steel igniter retainer (1), one at a time, and pull them toward the side and away from the igniter connector far enough to disengage the retainer from the latch feature on each side of the igniter receptacle (2). 7. With the latch feature on each side of the igniter retainer disengaged, remove the retainer from the igniter receptacle.

8. Pull the igniter (3) and lighting element (1) unit straight out of the igniter receptacle.
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Originally Posted by waumo View Post
DO NOT TWIST ANYTHING!

From the service manual:

Grasp the tabs (4) of the spring steel igniter retainer (1), one at a time, and pull them toward the side and away from the igniter connector far enough to disengage the retainer from the latch feature on each side of the igniter receptacle (2). 7. With the latch feature on each side of the igniter retainer disengaged, remove the retainer from the igniter receptacle.

8. Pull the igniter (3) and lighting element (1) unit straight out of the igniter receptacle.
That's what I'm talking about. I'll take video of how to do it when I change it out. Waiting for delivery of the bulb, probably tackle the job next week. It needs an oil change too. Thanks for the info.
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looks tricky!
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Well, I didnt take video since rain was threatening and wanted to get it down. Took front wheel and loosened the front area of the wheel well. I pulled down on the wheel well to gain access to the bulb. In the attached pic you will see two tabs at the bottom of the bracket holding the bulb int place. Gently push each tab away from the center until it disengages. You will hear a snap. Once you release the second side the bracket it will fall loose. In the pic you will see the connector (at the bottom/center). Gently hold bulb in place and with two fingers push down and release the connector. Remove the bulb. The old bulb has sort of a twisted silver foil ring which the new one did not have so I removed it and put on the new bulb. Reverse this process to install the new bulb. If I knew any of this I would have probably been able to do it without loosening the wheel well. In the middle of the new bulb is a bubble is was brownish is color. The new one is clear. Replacing the bulb fixed the problem and despite being 3.5 years old the light coming from both bulbs looks the same. Hope this helps someone in the future.
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The service manual cautions to reinstall the "twisted foil ring" with the new lamp so you did it correctly.
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Originally Posted by waumo View Post
The service manual cautions to reinstall the "twisted foil ring" with the new lamp so you did it correctly.
Awesome, thank you.
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