? About parking bulb cahangeout

eddieguy

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According to "carcarekiosk.com" i should be able to just unscrew the two screws on the bulb housing and pull it forward a little to get enough access for my hands to remove bulb.

However " kickslikeahammer L" posted a video that in addition to that he used needle nose pliers to get hold of and turn bulb to be able to get out. Its a tight place to get ones hand on bulb and be able to turn it.

I guess sone folks commented they removed some plastic underneath by the wheel and gained access that way.


My question is has anyone changed out the parking light bulb on this vehicle and what was necessary to gain access to the bulb.
 

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According to "carcarekiosk.com" i should be able to just unscrew the two screws on the bulb housing and pull it forward a little to get enough access for my hands to remove bulb.

However " kickslikeahammer L" posted a video that in addition to that he used needle nose pliers to get hold of and turn bulb to be able to get out. Its a tight place to get ones hand on bulb and be able to turn it.

I guess sone folks commented they removed some plastic underneath by the wheel and gained access that way.


My question is has anyone changed out the parking light bulb on this vehicle and what was necessary to gain access to the bulb.
The driverside parking light bulb is not as tight of an area, i can get my hand in there and turn it
 

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Is this a dual filament bulb both for parking and directional signal? If the latter, may get a ticket and even shot if you smart off.

Maybe something to look at before you purchase a vehicle, easy on a 2017 Elantra, just open the hood and remove the parking light socket. Not so on a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2, the entire front bumper has to be removed. Can't recall the year of a Buick, dealer wanted 300 bucks replace that little bulb.

Practically any owners manual tells you are to replace a bulb. Did you look at yours?
 

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I bought this vehicle from a used car lot there was no manual with it. I think this is a dual element bulb but i got to look it up to be sure. I think i can get it but i was just checkin to see if anyone remembers changing this bulb on this particular vehicle to see if there was an easier way. Seen a video where a guy used some needle nise pliers to get in that tight passenger side corner. Some commented that it was easier to access the bulb by removing some plastic by the front wheel underneath ,I think I'll save that last method for last if I can't get it
 

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Try this:


Ha, whenever I buy something seem to download all the parts and maintenance manuals. With a lot of products even with a 20 buck Casio digital watch, only way to learn how to use it was to download the operating manual, same with cellular phones. Cheaper to put these manuals on line than to print them.
 

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Try this:


Ha, whenever I buy something seem to download all the parts and maintenance manuals. With a lot of products even with a 20 buck Casio digital watch, only way to learn how to use it was to download the operating manual, same with cellular phones. Cheaper to put these manuals on line than to print them.
Thanks il check it out
 

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Jack car up, remove offending plastic, and big arse hand actually fit. :p;) I tried the needle nose pliers thing, more frustrating than anything else.
 
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Are we talking about bayonet or wedge type bulbs? Vehicles with wedge type, stupid, but cheaper to manufacture are held in by fictions, tabs bend out and don't hold well, GM saves more money with wedge type having the tab on only one side.

If driving in salted roads, the entire norther part of the USA, with bayonet bulbs helps when new to put silicone grease on the base so it doesn't corrode in, have to push on the bulb to release it, is spring loaded, will find a broken spring, too cheap to plate it outside of the fact EPA banned platting in the USA.

17 year old car, what part of the US or what country are you in. If in Wisconsin driven daily would be a complete pile of rust after abut 8-9 years. And a lot worse in the cities. where salt trucks spray the side of your vehicle with salt.

For military equipment we had to pass a 1000 hour salt spray test, for our automobiles without that requirement, that is only six weeks.
 
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