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02 Xterra headlight replacement

Can't seem to get the bulb to seat properly so I can secure it with the white retaining ring. any suggestions?

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This was not real easy, sorry.  This is one of those jobs that smaller hands are best equipped to do.  The Driver's side light is pretty easy and striaght forward because you can manuveur it.  The passengerside lite allows about 1/3 the room to work.

I sprayed some silicone on the ring, as there was some road grime in there.  I found it hard to get the bulb in without sctratching it too. I did get it in and threaded, and I did get a pseudo "click" or lock out of it, so it can be done with a little frustration.

To me the most amazing part was whe I turned on the lights-- they were aimed correctly!  Good luck with this. You may just have the ring crossed threaded a tad bit-- and given the angle you are looking at -- you would never know

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Examples of various types of automotive light bulbs tcca6p11.jpg
Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front headlight assembly and related components 85556040.gif
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Fig. 2: Exploded view of the headlight bulb, retainer and wire harness plug 89686g17.gif
  1. Open the vehicle's hood and secure it in an upright position.
  2. If necessary, open the bulb access panel by depressing the latch then lifting. To remove the bulb, grasp the retainer and rotate it counterclockwise to unlock it . . . 89686p35.jpg
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  4. Disconnect the electrical wire harness plug from the bulb and remove the locking ring as well. Unplug the wire harness from the bulb and either slide the retainer over the plug, or remove it from the bulb 89686p37.jpg
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

CAUTION
Halogen bulbs contain gas which is under
pressure. Handling the bulbs incorrectly could cause it to shatter into flying
glass fragments. Do NOT leave the light switch ON. Always allow the bulb to cool
before removal. Handle the bulb only by the base; avoid touching the glass
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    Fig. 1: Using a Torxhead screwdriver, remove the 2 headlight
    module retaining screws
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    Fig. 2: Pull the headlight module straight out of the front of
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    Fig. 3: Disconnect the wiring harness for the headlight bulb
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    Fig. 4: Turn the light bulb retaining ring counterclockwise,
    and remove it from the back of the module
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    Fig. 5: Pull the light bulb out from behind the module. Never
    touch the glass of the light bulb
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  5. Detach the headlight electrical connector.
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  4. Remove the bulb attaching spring and pull out the light bulb.





    Fig. 6: Remove the headlight sealing cover(s)
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    Fig. 7: Remove the attaching spring and pull out the bulb
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Fig. 1: Exploded view of a common dual headlight mounting assembly-1983 Malibu shown typical
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Loosen and remove the headlight bezel retaining screws

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Pull the retaining ring and bulb forward to separate them


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Exploded view of the composite headlight mounting—1995-97 model shown

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Unfasten the thumb screws, then ...

  1. If there is enough room to access the plastic base, press in and turn the base 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove from the metal retaining ring by gently pulling back and away from the headlight. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by raising the lock tab and pulling the connector down and away from the bulb's plastic base.
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... pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle for access to the bulb and connector

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Remove the retaining ring from the base of the bulb, then ...

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... turn the bulb and remove it from the headlight assembly

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Review this guide...

Fig. 1: Examples of various types of automotive light bulbsf32f79e.gif

Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front headlight assembly and related components
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Fig. 3: If equipped, open the headlight access panel by sliding the latch and lifting the panel upwards
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Fig. 4: Exploded view of the headlight bulb, retainer and wire harness plug
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- Open the vehicle's hood and secure it in an upright position
- If necessary, open the bulb access panel by depressing the latch then lifting.

Fig. 5: To remove the bulb, grasp the retainer and rotate it counterclockwise to unlock it ...
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Fig. 6: ... then withdraw the bulb from the headlight lens housing
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- Unfasten the locking ring which secures the bulb and wire harness plug assembly, then withdraw the assembly rearward.

- Disconnect the electrical wire harness plug from the bulb and remove the locking ring as well.

Fig. 7: Unplug the wire harness from the bulb and either slide the retainer over the plug, or remove it from the bulb
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To install:
- Before connecting a light bulb to the wire harness plug, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
- Install the locking ring onto the bulb, then line up the replacement headlight bulb with the harness plug. Firmly push the bulb onto the plug until the spring clip latches over the bulb's projection.

WARNING:
Do not touch the glass bulb with your fingers. Oil from your fingers can severely shorten the life of the bulb. If necessary, wipe off any dirt or oil from the bulb with rubbing alcohol before completing installation.

- Position the headlight bulb and secure it with the locking ring.
- To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. (If this is a combination low and high beam bulb, be sure to check both intensities.) If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct if necessary.
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Close the bulb access panel and the vehicle's hood.

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