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I can't replace the new headlight "bulb"

1994 Jeep.GJL.. Passanger's side.
I took out the battery for access..
I just cant line up the three tabs on the housing with the slots on the bulb

ANYone there to help.... What's the secret?

MUCH appreciated..

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  • peterfmahone Mar 12, 2009

    Good Idea and Thanks...

    It is part number 9004 just like to one I took out.

    (Although made in India) not the US.

    A few small differences in the no interfaced areas solder joint and terminals etc...

    I took out the whole lens assembly for better access also to stop rapping my knuckles..

    I then applied a little persuasion with a rubber hammer on the plastic connector side and the bloody thing popped right in...

    I noticed it was fully seated and a short 1/4 turn to lock it in place with the locking ring.. BACK in BUSINESS --- .. ...



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Are you sure you have the right replacement bulb? I think it might be a 9007.

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