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Re: never changed a bulb
Headlamps -- remove two long bolts with 7 mm or 8 mm hex heads for each headlamp assembly. These bolts are located in the horizontal body panel above and either side of the headlamp assembly. Headlamp can then be pulled forward far enough to remove the lamps from the assembly (twist about a quarter turn).
Taillamps -- inside the trunk, you may have to move the trunk liner aside, but there are three plastic wing nuts holding each taillight assembly in place. After removing these wing nuts, the assembly can be removed.
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a tool ? or is the housing bulb socket bad.?????
if this is a tool question
the car is 100% metric.
and Torx screws.
there is no trouble here, with tools.
and what does replace mean.?
the whole head light assembly.?
or a bulb is out.?
tell what hand is touching and ask.
EG:, im at this screw here, and cant figure out what tool fits it.
tell what screw exactly. better?
or post a photo. to here...
the services books are no help, the books assume you can recognize all fastener types.
The top brake light lens is held on with two size T25 Torx screws. You need a suitable size torx screw driver to remove (and again later replace the assembly) the two screws. Once the screws are removed (do not lose these), you can remove the entire lens assembly. You'll see the wires leading to the plastic bulb socket. The bulb socket twists off the assembly like a bayonet. Once the bulb socket is off, you'll be able to remove the bulb simply by pulling it straight out. Replace the bad bulb by inserting the new bulb and then reassemble your third brake light in the reverse order you removed it. Enjoy!
You should need only a torx or a philips head screwdriver. Remove the assemply, unscrew the bulb and replace it. You shouldn't have to rewiring. Are you just replacing the assembly because it is broken or is it just the bulb. Let me know and I will get back to you.
some cars have access to the bulbs by pulling back the carpet in the trunk directly behind the tail light assembly. you may have to remove plastic hold down buttons. the connectors can be remove by twisting counter-clockwise. pull the bulb out and replace.
others, you will have to remove screws from the tailight assembly from the outside of the car. these screws normaly require phillips or torx driver (shaped like a star). sometimes, after removing the screws, the assembly is hard to pull out. use a plastic pry tool to aid removal. if you,can, get a squirt of penetrating oil at the points where the assemble is stuck, that will help also
I hate to tell you this but you'll need to remove the entire headlight assembly to get the job done. Be careful...plastic breaks easy. If I recall, there are a few T15 torx screws that you have to remove.
Remove the single torx screw holding the parking lamp assembly to the headlamp assembly. Remove the parking lamp bulb and sockets from the main assembly and set aside. Remove the three bolts holding the headlamp assembly. Pull the headlamp assembly forward off of the alignment pin and disconnect the harness from the back of the bulbs. Turn the bulb holder and pull the bulb out. Replace in reverse. Total replacement should take 15 minutes. Gregg > Thanks for the tips Gregg! Indeed, don't work anywhere but in front of the grill. Notes from my adventure: You'll need a t-10 torx skinny screwdriver, and a 10mm socket wrench/driver. Find the little torx screw near the bottom side of the headlight nearest the wheel and remove it. Tug and wiggle on the turn signal unit and it'll come loose. You'll find three 10mm bolts that hold the headlight unit in. More tug and wiggle and the unit falls free. After bulb replacement (don't touch the glass or finger oils can cause it break under high heat) replace the headlight unit. You'll see little plastic guides that the signal unit slides into- replace the unit and the tiny screw that holds it all in place. Replace the other bulb too, the second one takes a tenth of the time :)
Actually the first answer was right. On my 2007 Sprinter chassis, the side mirrors have an upper flat mirror and a lower convex mirror. The upper mirror comes off exactly as described; by tilting it so that it faces down, and then gently lifting it from the top to slide it off the track. (On my sprinter the mirrors are heated, so there are wires that remain attached when you slide it off.
This reveals three screws that you can get at with a torex screw driver without needing any flexible shafts etc. It appears that there is a fourth screw or clip of some sort on the bottom, but I was not able to figure out how to get the bottom convex mirror off to get at it. That would enable the removal of the full shell.
Even without that bottom screw I was able to flex the shell enough to get the turn signal lens assembly out. But removing it entirely requires reaching in with needle nosed pliers and rotating the bulb assembly a quarter turn, and then reversing the whole assembly to get it back. In my case I was replacing the turn signal lens, but it should work the same for replacing the bulb. Good luck.
The easiest way to do it is to pull the headlight out of the car. This isn't hard, but you'll have to have a T30 Torx bit to do it. There are three bolts that secure the headlight. Two are on top of the headlight - you'll see them right up there on top when you open the hood.
The third is harder to find. Look where the outer upper corner of the headlight meets the top of the fender, above the corner indicator. There is a lip on the fender that runs all the way back to the base of the windshield, where the edge of the hood sits when it's closed. There is a round hole in that lip near the headlight (just behind it). Shine a light down in there and you'll see the third Torx bolt. Take that out and you can slide the headlight assembly forward. You shouldnt' have to take it fully out of the car, just take the bolts out and move it forward.
Then remove the dust cap on the back of the headlight, pop the connector off the bulb, undo the spring clip holding the bulb, and remove it. Install the new bulb (wipe down the glass portion with your t-shirt to get any skin oils off it, as they'll burn it up quickly), and then reassemble in the reverse order.
The bulb in the rear light has burned out and to replace it follow these instructions: 1) go to your owner's manual to find out the part number. You can find and purchase the replacement bulb at Target, any auto parts store and even at Walmart for under $4.00; 2) pop open the trunk door; 3) get a phillips screw driver and unscrew the 2 screws holding the rear brake light fixture to your car body; 4) as soon as you turn over the fixture you'll see where to pull out the burned out bulb and replace it with the new one(s). Good luck!