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How do I replace my DRL light bulb? My dashboard console displays "Right Front Dipped Beam Defective". Looking at the front, it look like my DRL light bulb is burnt out. I need step by step with pictures on how to replace this bulb. After taking it into dealer, they said that I "may" have xenon lights and those bulbs are more expensive and they would have to take out the bumper to get at the housing unit to replace the bulb and "balance" the unit. Is this a crock or is he telling me the truth? I don't recall buying the vehicle w/ xenon lights and no where on my purchase contract that it says I have them.

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  • rainman66 Jun 21, 2009

    Are there instructions on how to remove the bulb? The instructions I found on the net says to turn it counter clockwiste, but it's hard to really get a grip on it. What tools do I need to twist it off?

  • rainman66 Jun 26, 2009

    Thanks Snorkelbobby. Your answer did the trick. Once I was able to remove it I went to Autozone and bought a replacement bulb. Inserted the new bulb and it worked. Saved me about $600 having the dealer do it. I only paid $15 for the bulb.

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    dipped beam is the fog lamp and it could be xenon. You should be able to get the bulb out without removing the bumper. And nalancing is just aiming the beam by moving the housing.



    I would look on ebay for the bulb and maybe there you will get an idea of what type bulb you have.



    Call the parts dept at the dealer and ask how much and what kind of bulb you have. Don't ask the service dept.

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Turn it counterclockwise as you fac it from the rear. It should rotate about 1/4 turn and then pull out. Usually there are 2 tabs about 1/4 inch wide & one a little wider so it goes back in right. Some use a plastic ring to hold the bulb in and that's what you grip and rotate. good luck. let us know progress

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