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Old 09-14-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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One is out and one is the wrong color, how do you change the bulbs?
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well im not sure if you are asking about front or back so I will tell ya both. If you need to change the fronts the easiest way I have found is to remove the headlight. This will give you alot more room to get your hand down there.Once you do that there is a little lever on the socket that you must squeeze while turning the socket. Once the socket is loose then just pull the socket out of the lense housing.Now if your are trying to change the rear bulbs then just pull the carpet back in the trunk area and you will see 6 large black wingnuts. Unscrew those and remove your taillight and from there its the same procedure as the front.
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just removing the headlight is the easiest way. There is one 10mm bolt i believe and once you remove it just slide the headlight and with a little care it will come out.
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I'm assuming it's a TA from your screenname. From under the car there is an access panel underneath where the parking light fixture is on both sides (in front of the tire.) Remove the 2 10mm bolts and the panel drops down. Reach up and grab the light plug and twist, extract from turn signal housing, replace bulb. Installation is reverse of removal.
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Sorry its the front bulds. Going from under the car there is barely anyroom but im afraid of messing up the headlights unscrewing them. Ill try going from the top anyway
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If we're talking about a TA, just stick your hand in the hole in the bumper just below the turn signal housing. Twist the pigtail out of the housing, swap the bulb and put it back in.

Piece of cake, I do it all the time.
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If we're talking about a TA, just stick your hand in the hole in the bumper just below the turn signal housing. Twist the pigtail out of the housing, swap the bulb and put it back in.

Piece of cake, I do it all the time.
Socket looks fried. How do you replace the pigtail? Getting tired of replacing the bulbs every other week.
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Socket looks fried. How do you replace the pigtail? Getting tired of replacing the bulbs every other week.
Didn't mean to hijack your thread. Any help would be appreciated.
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Socket looks fried. How do you replace the pigtail? Getting tired of replacing the bulbs every other week.
Cut it off and splice in a new one from AutoZone for $8.
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Thanks for the help VIP1! I really apprciate it!
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Cut it off and splice in a new one from AutoZone for $8.
DO NOT use butt connectors either unless you want a bunch of nasty electrical gremlins later on
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DO NOT use butt connectors either unless you want a bunch of nasty electrical gremlins later on
I'd recommend solder and heatshrink tubing. Thats how I replaced my headlight connectors (solder and heatshrink tubing).
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Whats the part # from Autozone for the sockets? I am in MD and the one near me doesnt stock them.

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I don't remember the part #, but it'll say on the package that its for GM applications that use a 3157 bulb.
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85881, I know off the top of my head cause I've done it twice in the last couple of months.
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Autozone lists that part as the rear socket, does it work for the front also?
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Autozone lists that part as the rear socket, does it work for the front also?
Yep. Not sure about the rear but I used it for the front. Make sure your housing isn't letting moisture in or you'll be doing this again. If it is, replace it. In addition, use dielectric grease at the bulb connection to keep moisture out.
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Ok I finally got the bulb to pop down, but now how do u get it out of the socket? I must be retarded...
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To remove the connector from the housing: twist and pull.
To remove the bulb from the connector: pull
(Sometimes they are stuck, just pull, wear gloves if you are worried about the bulb breaking in your hand.)
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Next problem...finally got the new bulbs in, one side still doesnt work. I took out the socket and its fried, went to dealership they said have to buy entire new setup for $65 and splice the wires together. Pain in the Azz!! Is there anyway to just get just the socket or chances are the thing the socket goes in is fried too?
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