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Old 06-04-2010, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how the hell do you change a headlight bulb?

alright so let me start by saying im not exactly mechanically inclined. actually, im probably about the farthest thing from a mechanic as you can possibly be. that being said i have changed the headlight bulbs on all of my previous vehicles with no problem (by 'no problem' i mean within maybe 2 hours or so). so i figured id be able to tackle this beast of a challenge on my truck as well. in order to get to the headlight bulb on the passenger side out it looked like id have to remove the stand that holds the battery. after a good 45 minutes of walking back and forth to my garage, i finally had all the right size sockets to remove the battery, tie downs, and the 4 screws that hold the stand in place. well apparently there seems to be two small clips down at the bottom of the stand that are impossible to get too. i got angry and tried prying them out with a screwdriver but i cant even get the screwdriver under them. im pretty frustrated right now after spending the better part of my morning doing this so if anyone could help me out id greatly appreciate it. thanks, Ian
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I swap bulbs in five minutes without removing anything and no tools but will admit it's a tight fit for your hand.
Just twist the knurled ring on the back of the bulb a quarter turn then pull the bulb and socket out. Bulb itself just pulls out from the socket.
Make sure not to touch the new bulb with your hands.

This is a prime example of easier said than done.
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I swap bulbs in five minutes without removing anything and no tools but will admit it's a tight fit for your hand.
Just twist the knurled ring on the back of the bulb a quarter turn then pull the bulb and socket out. Bulb itself just pulls out from the socket.
Make sure not to touch the new bulb with your hands.

This is a prime example of easier said than done.
yeah i thought about trying that but didnt think there would be any way of doing it would touching or breaking the bulb. apparently you need to remove the headlight from the outside. i guess ill try that later but im already out of patience lol. maybe id be more motivated to work if it wasnt 90 degrees outside. God bless mechanics
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I've never had to remove the headlight. If anything removing the battery would be the most you need to do.
If you do remove the headlight don't mess with the adjustment screws or your beams will be way out of whack.
The headlight can be removed without messing with the torx head adjustment screws.
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If you have the time, take the headlight assembly out and everything will become very simple. Take the plastic upper bumper cover off, by releasing the clips on the backside, to gain access to the three mounting screws. They take some finagling to sneak past the bumper but they fit.

Or find someone with small, nimble hands to reach in and do it from the inside.

Good luck

Oh and the battery trays are bolted down from the underside on the bottom.
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I have to have my grandfather or someone else change mine because I have Goliath hands luckily we don't have GM bulbs that have to constantly be changed haha
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Oh and the battery trays are bolted down from the underside on the bottom.
yep. wish i would have known that earlier lol. guess ill try to fit my hand down there tomorrow or ill just end up taking off the headlight
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Have patience.

I'm 6'7" tall and 315 lbs, I can change mine, but it takes patience and a cool head.

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patience

I agree with kkrrss, I'm 6'7" and 270 lbs and it takes a few minutes but, I've never had to remove the headlight. Good luck, Dave.
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holy moly guys Im only 6'7 with my chippewas on haha
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well i got my dad to fit his hand down there and we changed the bulb in 2 minutes. i feel pretty stupid now lol. thanks for the help though everyone
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First time I attempted to change mine, after a couple of failed attempts, I ended up looking it up in the manual, lol

First time I've had to look up the instructions for changing headlight bulbs.

I didn't follow the inst's.
I just wiggled my hand down beside the battery and was able to get them out and change them. A heck of a lot quicker than trying to follow the dismantling of the front end steps that the instructions called for.
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