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How do I replace the drivers side headlamp on a 96 rl?

How do I get the lamp out to replace a burned out one?

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The Head Lamps for the "Low Beams" are tricky but they work just like the High Beams do. You have to reach around the Headlamp assy (toward the Outside of the car) and locate what feels like the same type of bulb holder as the High Beams. Twist it counterclockwise and it should remove by pulling toward the back of the car. Putting back in the new bulb is even trickier in that you can't see the hole it needs to go in. You will have visualize the headlamp location on the outside of the car and position your hand on the inside. it takes several tries but it works. Twist it back in clockwise. Careful with the Halogen bulbs though. Use a Paper Towel piece or small rag to hold it if needed.

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