Question about 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
You can't get at them from the engine bay. You've got to remove the
plastic grill on the front of the car, to get at other screws, and take a
few screws out that hold the entire headlight assembly in. Do not
unscrew any of the screws above or below the lights. These are for
adjusting the angle of the headlights. You'll have to readjust them if
you do. Not a big deal, just unnecessary if you don't touch them.
There should be 2 screws on either side of the headlight assembly. Spray some penetrating fluid on them. I broke one with very little pressure because I didn't. Sheared the head right off the shaft.
Once you get the headlight assembly out the bulbs come out with a quarter turn of the socket. Remember not to touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil will create hot spots and it could crack the bulb. If you do then clean it with a high percentage alcohol before putting it in.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
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Changing front, right turn signal on 2005 Buick Terraza:
Open hood; when facing the front of vehicle, the right turn signal is on the passenger
side (left). The headlight assembly
needs to be removed to easily reach the turn signal. On my vehicle, there is a 10 mm screw on the
left side. Remove it. There is L-shaped pin on the right side of
the headlight assembly. Swing the pin counter-clockwise
(to the left). Pull the pin straight up
to remove. The headlight assembly is now
loose, but there is a pin snapped in a socket on the back of the assembly that
still holds the assembly. Pull the
headlight assembly hard and straight to the front of the vehicle. When it snaps loose, the assembly is now held
just by the rubber gasket surrounding the assembly. You need to gently work the right side of the
gasket out of the grill cowling. The
assembly should pull straight out. The
wires are long enough to lay the headlight assembly in the engine compartment. Finally, the turn signal is now accessible. Twist the light holder counter-clockwise and
pull out the light holder. Change the
bulb. Do not punch your man-card for
credit until you have successfully reinstalled the headlight assembly. It goes back in a little easier the second
time. Once you have put the L-pin in
place, the screw back, and successfully tested the lights, you can now punch
I give the mechanical engineers and designers a D-minus instead of an F only because I was successful on the first try. No light bulb on anything commonly used by people should be this hard to figure out.
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