Replacing Front Side Marker Bulb

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Cris, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Cris

    Cris

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    I am looking for some help replacing the light bulb in my right front side marker (the amber light housing next to the headlights).

    The owners manual makes it look simple; unscrew phillips head screw from under the hood, pop housing forward, and replace bulb. My problem is that there is obviously something securing the bottom of the housing. I can force the top of it out a quarter inch or so, however, the bottom is not budging.

    I don't want to force anything and end up breaking something. What is securing the bottom of the housing and how to I release it?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Cj80cruiser

    Cj80cruiser

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    You have to pull it or snatch it...Thats how.
  3. xingji

    xingji

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    I just pulled it out, but I did struggle on getting a good grip on the housing. Try to pull on the bottom portion.
  4. acflyguy18

    acflyguy18

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    there is a little stud on the bottom that help secure it. Just pull and it will come off.
  5. lndcruz

    lndcruz

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    just pull it hard. Thought I broke it the first time I took it off.
  6. 96r50

    96r50

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    What everyone else said. Just make sure to pull straight forward, not outwards or upwards. And remember that the wiring is only yay-long, so stop pulling when the housing comes out :D
  7. Michael Hanson

    Michael Hanson

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    They stick,pull straight out.dont twist. Mike
  8. Flank

    Flank TLCA Independent Rep - Central and Mountain States

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    Don't feel bad, I wrestled with trying to find the hidden screw or bold for almost 45 minutes before I posted a question about it. I could have sworn that there was a bolt up there that i could see but could not get too... They someone told me just to pull.
  9. wxm

    wxm SILVER Star

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    Been there done that. It was before I discovered that the experts on this board. I struggled, and was so afraid of breaking the housing that I ended bringing the car to the dealer. A $20 lesson! :bang:
  10. 4x4CPOSEADOG

    4x4CPOSEADOG SILVER Star

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    Ouch!!!

    The easy way to do it is to remove the screw on top, remove the two screws on turn signal lense below the headlight, pull the lense out, and now you have access to the bottom stud and have something to grab to pull the sidemarker lense out straight without even worrying you will break a thing.
  11. Cris

    Cris

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    Thanks a bunch guys!

    This board is a great resource to get helpful hints.

  12. Lugboot

    Lugboot

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    If you lay under the truck you can see the stud that holds it on. I reached up with a long screw driver and used it to leverage it off from behind. Made me feel much better than yanking the heck out of it from the front. And I didn't break anything.

    Good luck!
  13. Cris

    Cris

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    Thanks, Lugboot!

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