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Old 05-18-2015, 06:40 PM
khoegen khoegen is offline
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2006 headlight bulb replacement

I purchased some new bulbs for my headlights and had the damnedest time placing the bulbs into the bulb holder. Multiple attempts lead to the passenger side light shining much too high.
Is there a trick to ensure the bulb is seated properly? There seems to be a cap within the lens housing that the bulb hit a few times while I was attempting to install the new bulb.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:33 PM
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If you look closely you'll see that the bulb base is shaped like a D. The flat side needs to face up.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:45 PM
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Now I see. Didn't think the orientation made a difference, which I imagine means that I installed it without the tab on the top. Thanks, I'll take a look and see how that works.

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Old 05-18-2015, 08:10 PM
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Unbolting and moving the windshield washer reservoir temporarily out of the way will give you some added clearance to work on the right side headlight.

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Old 05-19-2015, 02:45 PM
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And on the other side you may need to remove the Air intake housing and feeder pipes if you want to change the High Beam and or that stupid little T10 Bulb that invariably shines a yellow colour. I am changing mine in about 10 hrs time.
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Thanks jdowen2, the headlight bulb was installed upside down, when I repositioned it, it was alighted correctly!
Unfortunately I took both headlight bulbs out and had difficulty reinstalling both. Is there a trick to placing them? Is there a correct angle before pressing it into the socket, or perhaps pressing the flat side in first? Unfortunately I can't actually see where the bulb is being mounted, and have struggled to get the second bulb installed correctly.
Lots of effort for a seemingly easy task
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