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Mazda 5 SUV/van brake light assembly replacement

This is easy and takes maybe ten minutes. You need a phillips screwdriver and a pair of pliers. Open the hatch and remove two screws at the back of the brake light assembly. Pull the light assembly hard straight backward until the little pop-clip holding the front end of the light lets go. (This is the hard part, because there aren't any great places to grip the light and the front end pop-clip is stubborn.) Then unscrew the bulbs from the broken assembly (don't touch the bulbs or the slight oil from your fingers will make them explode when they heat up - use surgical gloves if you think you can't help handling the bulbs). Gently remove the wiring harness from the NEW light assembly and discard it. Push the existing wiring harness into place in the new assembly and screw the bulbs in. Line up the assembly's pop-clip to the front end screw that it pushes onto, and push hard from the back until it pops on. Have a helper lean into the light from the side to line up the two screw holes at the back, and put the screws back in. Use a pair of pliers to unclip the rear baffle from the broken light (two clips), then pop the baffle onto the new light.

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how to change trunk lock on pontiac sunfire 1995


If you can get to the lock through the back seat, you can open with a screw driver or a pair of pliers from the inside. I have an 04 and mine is electric remote opening. If you can't open with a key, replace the lock. Pretty easy after you get the hatch open.

Jun 05, 2014 | Pontiac Sunfire Cars & Trucks

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the tail gate and rear window will not open although I hear the electric release motor operate


I had the same problem with my 2001 Blazer. Just remove the panel by the screws located on the side of the tailgate, the problem was a bad actuator which pulls the lever to open the glass hatch. Once you take off the panel, remove the metal shield on the tailgate and the actuator will be mounted on the back of it. There are several ways to open the hatch on blazers and jimmys. You can try to release by inserting a small screwdriver and pushing left using the entry hole in the rear hatch deck just below the plastic trim in the center. This works ok unless the latch is out of alignment. The quicker way to release the window lock is to pull the center of the plastic trim (where it rises) toward the inside of the car and break the plastic trim attachment. Remember first to remove the hatch handle.By pulling away from the window, you can then insert a finger between the two walls of the lock assembly and push down. The window will open immediately. Ignore the broken trim attachment as there is plenty of support for the top of the door trim piece. Unbolt the 9/32 panel screws and the two phillips head side screws and the panel will come off. Careful of the rods clipped to the panel. They come off easily as does the hatch door activator. Rather than have to buy an actuator because the blue piece of plastic broke, replacements are available at online auto supply stores. Remember to make sure that the lever of the actuator hits the window release mechanism squarly. A little bending with pliers will align these two pieces so they strike evenly.

Sep 18, 2011 | 2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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Replace license plate lights


Hi there,

Firstly, remove the four screws on the bottom of the license plate light assembly using a Phillips screwdriver. Then pull the license plate light cover out away from the rear of the car. Pull the bulb forward and pull it straight out of the wiring socket.

A press the new bulb into place until it is secure. Push the bulb and wiring assembly back up inside the light assembly and replace the license plate light cover. Replace the four screws that secure the light cover and tighten them with a Phillips screwdriver. Finally, turn on the lights to test the new bulb.

Hope this helps...

Jan 17, 2011 | 2007 Toyota Sienna

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I need to replace the headlight on my 1994 Toyota Pickup


CAUTION Most headlight retaining rings and trim bezels have very sharp edges. Wear gloves. Never pry or push on a headlamp; it can shatter suddenly.
  1. Make sure the headlight switch is in the off position.
  2. Loosen the parking and side turn signal unit retaining screws. Then remove the units unplugging the connectors.



0900c15280061083.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 1: After removing the parking lamp screws, push on the grille clips to release the grille from the truck
  1. Next, open the hood to gain access to the grille clips. Using a flat-bladded tool, push on the clips to release them and the grille.



0900c15280061084.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the grille from the truck and set aside
  1. The sealed beam is held in place by a retainer and either 2 or 4 small screws. Identify these screws before applying any tools.DO NOT confuse the small retaining screws with the larger aiming screws. There will be two aiming screws or adjustors for each lamp. (One adjustor controls the up/down motion and the other controls the left/right motion.) Identify the adjustors and avoid them during removal. If they are not disturbed, the new headlamp will be in identical aim to the old one.



0900c15280061085.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the headlight bezel which is secured by screws
  1. Using a small screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and a pair of taper-nose pliers if necessary, remove the small screws in the headlamp retainer. DON'T drop the screws; they vanish into unknown locations.



0900c15280061086.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 4: Be careful when removing the headlight bezels, they can be sharp
A good kitchen or household magnet placed on the shank of the screwdriver will provide enough grip to hold the screw during removal.
  1. Remove the retainer and the headlamp may be gently pulled free from its mounts. Detach the connector from the back of the sealed beam unit and remove the unit from the car.



0900c15280061087.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the light out, then unplug the wiring harness from behind it

Apr 07, 2009 | 1994 Toyota Pickup

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2005 kia rio brake light


I did it!!! To change the left brakelight, you open the hatch and remove the two screws on the right side of the light assembly. Then remove the cubby hole inside the left side of the hatch. Inside you will see 3 hex nuts. You only have to remove the one in the center (closest to you) not the ones down and inside. Once you remove that nut, pull the light assembly off (from the outside). There is a plug that will be holding it on. I carefully **** a straight screwdriver in the narrow side just to get it to move out a little, then you grab the whole thing and pull it out, you may have to wiggle it some. It seems like it will break, but it won't. It's just a metal thing sticking into a plug. The whole assembly will pull out (not too hard so you don't break any wires or connectors) then you follow the instructions to replace the bulb. Once the bulb is replaced, you simply line up the metal thing as you push the assembly back on. You might have to smack (open bare handed please) to get it back in. Replace all screws and stuff and that's it!

Aug 05, 2008 | 2005 Kia Rio

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