1. You'll need your ratchet set, a flat head screwdriver
, maybe needle nose plyers, and a replacement bulb.
You'll need to loosen (but not remove) the black, radiator cover in
order to get access to the headlamp. There are 6 black, plastic, circle
shaped plugs with a small circle inside the large circle. Use the flat
edge of the screwdriver to pry that smaller circle upwards. Once it's
able to be grabbed, pull it straight up with your fingers and it will
pop out nicely. Do this with all six plugs.
3. Next, remove the
two bolts that hold the lamp in place. There are actually 4 bolts in the
same general area, but you only need to remove the two that hold the
lamp in place.
4. Carefully tug, twist and turn the lamp so that
you pull it out of it's socket by about 8 inches. Let it sit on the
bumper. This should give you enough room to access the correct bulb from
the back of the lamp.
5. Turn the bulb plug counter clockwise and it will eventually pop out of the lamp.
This is where I screwed up a bit, I pulled the bulb out, but it broke
and left the plastic part still in the plug. So there is probably a
release mechanism that I didn't see. I used the needle nose plyers to
carefully remove the plastic part of the bulb from the plug. I think I
broke a bracket on the plug, so be careful.
7. Push the new bulb
straight into the plug. No turning required. Just straight in with a click.
8. Insert the plug back into the lamp, turn it clockwise to lock it into place.
9. Shimmy and twist the lamp back into position and screw it back into place.
Use your fingers to put the 6 black circle shaped plugs back into
place. Just position them over the hole, make sure the small circle is
pulled all the way out, push the big circle through the hole, then push
the small cicle down to lock it into place. Sounds difficult, but once
you see it done a single time, you'll be an expert.
If the bulb didn't break, the entire job would have taken me 15 minutes at most. Good luck
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It explains it in great detail that should help you perfectly.
thank you and enjoy,