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Old 03-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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There does'nt seem to be an easy way to get to the bulb. I was thinking of removing the inner fender. Does anyone have any idea on what i thought was a real simple job?
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Manually crank the headlights open and remove the black plastic housing.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:21 PM   #3
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If your arms are on the skinny side you can fit your arm down the headlight without removing anything. Just raise it like c3andc5 suggests.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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It depends on how small your arm is.. Some people can get their arm in the brake duct hole and reach the bulb/socket.. If not you can get to it from right under the bulb.. You
have to remove the splash guard just under the bulb and aft of the bumper cover.. It's
not that hard a job but is a pain just to change a bulb..

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:23 PM   #5
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There does'nt seem to be an easy way to get to the bulb. I was thinking of removing the inner fender. Does anyone have any idea on what i thought was a real simple job?
Go to the TECH section under the Ultimate DYI thread and it'll tell you all about it. You get to them from the inner wheel well.
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There's an access panel on the underside of the facia.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:49 PM   #7
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You'll get three suggestions

Go in through the brake ducts - not easy with a Z06 or if you have screens

Go in through the bottom by taking out the bottom panel

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The one that works for me is:

Turn on the headlights and back off one position to kill the lights.
Unscrew the 3 small screws on the black plastic housing around the headlight. Gently pull the housing clear. Reach down around the headlight unit and release the bulb holder. It comes out by turning the bulb holder a ľ turn counter clockwise but it has a plastic clip which you need to squeeze to release it. Hereís how the bulb fits into the lamp unit. The DRL bulb is the lower of the two.

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Hereís the light socket. This oneís after market but it gives you the idea. You can see the clip you need to squeeze.

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Change the bulb. Itís a push fit into the lamp holder. Push it home firmly but donít handle the glass. Use latex gloves if you have them. Reseat the bulb holder and turn clockwise until it clicks back in place. Put the plastic headlight housing back in place making sure to locate the small plastic tab in the bracket on the headlamp cover. Replace the 3 screws and close the lights.

Itís a 10 minute job. Some guys have had the lights close if theyíve taken a while to do the fix. If youíre worried about that, disconnect the battery once the lights are up.

The bulb is a 4157NA

Some guys with big arms remove the hood adjusting screw for better access. Guys with even bigger arms have had to take off the headlight cover. Four torx screws (2 back, 1 each side). Take the back ones off first with the lamps down. Raise the lights and take the side ones out.
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There's an access panel on the underside of the facia.


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Does anybody sell LED's bright enough to replace the DRL's with?
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Use the access panel under the fascia as jrose7004 stated. I like having the use of my hands.besides its safer.
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lift the hood. crank up the headlight manually, and unscrew the hood bumpstop right next to the headlight, then you'll be able to get your arm down in there and get the socket out and pull it back up through the hole. or stick it through the brake duct hole in the front and replace the bulb, either way this is the easiest way i've found to change the bulb. Can do it in the auto-zone parking lot. unless youve got large forearms it should be your best bet.

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Old 03-11-2009, 11:14 AM   #12
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lift the hood. crank up the headlight manually, and unscrew the hood bumpstop right next to the headlight,...
very important step
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lift the hood. crank up the headlight manually, and unscrew the hood bumpstop right next to the headlight, then you'll be able to get your arm down in there and get the socket out and pull it back up through the hole. or stick it through the brake duct hole in the front and replace the bulb, either way this is the easiest way i've found to change the bulb. Can do it in the auto-zone parking lot. unless youve got large forearms it should be your best bet.

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That's what I've done with no problem. Quick and easy.
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:38 PM   #14
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Step 1; buy pizza and beer

Step 2; find someone who knows how to do it

Step 3; share pizza and beer

Step 4; drive home (only if the mechanic drank most of the beer)
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:11 PM   #15
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Step 1; buy pizza and beer

Step 2; find someone who knows how to do it

Step 3; share pizza and beer

Step 4; drive home (only if the mechanic drank most of the beer)
I'll do it for pizza and beer, where you live??
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I'll do it for pizza and beer, where you live??
I'll hook you up with pizza and beer for help.

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Old 03-11-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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Unless you have skinny arms, do it as DeeGee mentions. It gives you complete access to the bulb sockets.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:33 PM   #18
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I am by no means large and I couldn't even get close w/out pulling the access panel in the wheel well.
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Awesome guide DeeGee! I had to replace my DRL today. Used the headlight housing removal route, and took 10min in front of the AutoZone where I bought the bulb. Just don't forget your philips screwdriver. You should include unscrewing the hood bumbstop as a standard step though, since I had to do it even though I have kermit arms.
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