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I am having a problem installing the cooktop light on my Bosch microwave. It looks as thought the light "blew" and now I can't get the broken lightbulb out of the socket.

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It's probably attached with hot glue to keep it from getting loose due to heat or vibration.

I would be sure it's unplugged, then use needle-nosed pliers to remove the leftover base from the socket.

Posted on May 22, 2008

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