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Old 12-26-2012, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by figman View Post
.... manual says to pop the side plastic cover but it seems a bit to stuck. I don't want to break anything or end up at the dealer for it.
Assuming you have removed the fabric covered rigid panel, and the soft padding over the back of the assembly where the wiring passes through,
you may be stuck after pressing together the two plastic clips in the middle of the circuit board for the bulbs.

That is because the holes in the metal that the bulbs have to pass through are not that big.

You just have to carefully jiggle it until the bulbs can cleanly exit the holes.

(Same thing when putting it back.)

I think it is just the turn signal bulb that has a coating and might be easiest to get that at the dealer.

The 21W single filament tail/stop bulbs can be bought anywhere. Just make sure the base is silver, not brass, and the bulb # matches (1157 or something?), or is an upgraded # for longer life.

The instructions in the manual are not that good, as there are subtle differences between the passenger side and driver side in how outer panels are removed.
The book tells you to release the wiring connector I think, but this doesn't seem to be necessary.

Make sure the rigid plastic is locked properly in place on re-assembly.

Some owners have found that bulbs can just work loose and have not burnt out.

But once you get that far may as well replace them anyway as they lose intensity over time.
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