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How do i get the headlight out to replace? I found the metal release screw, but what type of tool do you use to turn it?

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    Jeff Turcotte Sep 02, 2010

    if it's shaped like a star, it's called a torx driver. If it's more like a hexagon, it's called an allen or hex wrench.

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Hold on a sec!! If this is a new bug? Open the hood. Look to the left or right in the engine compartment. Find the long large tube that the headlight assembly slides into from the fender. There is a plastic lever on this tube. Move it to the other position from were it is now. Now go out on the fender and pull the headlight out of the tube. I used my finger nails to get it started. You may have to use a small screwdriver to get it started. Dont scratch the paint. Replace the bulb. slide it back into the tube and move that lever back to the locked position.

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  • simkell2001 Oct 22, 2010

    on the 2006, it is way more complicated than that. you have to remove the battery and air box in the drivers side to get to the levers.... push from rear to expell the tube.... do not attempt in cold weather outside or you will break the latches. there are 2. one you turn.. one you pull slightly. it wont just slide out. you have to jiggle it slightly. do everything GENTLY!!! If you know what you are doing the drivers side will take about 30-45 mins start to finish. the passenger side is similar... remove things in the way first! be in a warm enviroment!!! the latches are plastic and fragile! dont touch the bulbs on the glass.... do yourself a favor! replace all bulbs in the unit at the same time!!! you dont want to go through this project in a week!!!

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