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2000 Mazad Prozege head light out

I need to know hoe to remove and replace the clipe that holds the lamp in the socket.

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I'd need to see the lamp itself, having never undone one on a mazda protege like yours, but it's the same bulb on your protege and my toyota echo, and i do have seen a few other cars with the same bulb andhaving the same locking system for it. So usually, you just need to start by taking off the rubber boot that seals the system from moisture and, after that, unplug the connector from the bulb. Then look and the wierd "C" shaped clip that is touching the bulb's backplate closely. You should see that on one side there is some sort of hinge and the other side it should be open with both ends curling up to give you a little more grip on the pin. Juse press the two curled up ends together and pull both ends AWAY from the light assembly and towards the hinge at the same time (basically you'll make the ends move in a circular pattern). Now it's unlocked and you can take the bulb out and replace it. Be sure not to touch the glass of the new bulb when changing it though cause it will cause the bulb to have a much shorter life than expected. If you do, out of pure badluck, touch the glass, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY! It's still good, just clean it carefully with rubbing alcohol and place it back in makng sure you extra extra careful this time. Now come the worst part, locking the "C" clip back in. It's still not so bad, but usually you can't see the knotch where the clip is supposed to lock in very well. So just be patient and feel free to ask for someone else eyes to help you:). And the rest is pretty much history, put the connector back on, then the moisture seal and voila! Now you can go eat dinner and enjoy a job well done:). Hope this helps!

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