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Old 04-21-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Im trying to replace the parking light bulb below the drivers side headlight....whats hte best way to get at htis??? can you get at it through the fenderwell lining? thanks
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Do you mean the DRL/turn signal bulb or the parking light on the side of the cluster?

If you mean the DRLs you'll get three suggestions

Go in through the brake ducts - not easy with a Z06 or if you have screens

Go in through the bottom by taking out the bottom panel



The one that works for me is:

Turn on the headlights and back off one position to kill the lights.
Unscrew the 3 small screws on the black plastic housing around the headlight. Gently pull the housing clear. Reach down around the headlight unit and release the bulb holder. It unscrews counter clockwise but it has a plastic clip which you need to squeeze to release it. Change the bulb. Reseat the bulb holder and turn until it clicks back in place. Put the plastic housing back in place making sure to locate the small plastic tab in the bracket on the headlamp cover. Replace the 3 screws and close the lights
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10 minute job. Some guys have had the lights close if they’ve taken a while to do the fix. If you’re worried about that, disconnect the battery once the lights are up.

The bulb is a 4157NA

Some guys with big arms remove the hood adjusting screw for better access. Guys with even bigger arms have had to take off the headlight cover. Four torx screws (2 back, 1 each side). Take the back ones off first with the lamps down. Raise the lights and take the side ones out.

If its the side light than the same procedure works but its a smaller lamp unit and its a 194 bulb.

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Im trying to replace the parking light bulb below the drivers side headlight....whats hte best way to get at htis??? can you get at it through the fenderwell lining? thanks
You can do it that way but it's a lot more time consuming and involves a lot more screws being removed.

What works well for me is to put the headlight in the up position (use the crank ****), remove the three screws the hold the black plastic headlight "surround", then (very important) measure the height of the hood stop. You don't need anything fancy here for that part. I just used a Phillips screwdriver and placed it alongside the hood stop and made a small mark on the shaft of the screwdriver with a small felt-tip pen that was exactly even with the top of the black rubber bumper. Then remove the hood stop.

You now have a fair amount of room to reach your arm down into the cavity underneath the headlight assembly to reach the turn signal light. Once the bulb is changed, you now have the correct measurement to re-bolt the hood stop. No worries.

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You can do it that way but it's a lot more time consuming and involves a lot more screws being removed.

What works well for me is to put the headlight in the up position (use the crank ****), remove the three screws the hold the black plastic headlight "surround", then (very important) measure the height of the hood stop. You don't need anything fancy here for that part. I just used a Phillips screwdriver and placed it alongside the hood stop and made a small mark on the shaft of the screwdriver with a small felt-tip pen that was exactly even with the top of the black rubber bumper. Then remove the hood stop.

You now have a fair amount of room to reach your arm down into the cavity underneath the headlight assembly to reach the turn signal light. Once the bulb is changed, you now have the correct measurement to re-bolt the hood stop. No worries.

HTH
I just tried this methind and it worked great! Piece of cake! Thanks!
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You can do it that way but it's a lot more time consuming and involves a lot more screws being removed.

What works well for me is to put the headlight in the up position (use the crank ****), remove the three screws the hold the black plastic headlight "surround", then (very important) measure the height of the hood stop. You don't need anything fancy here for that part. I just used a Phillips screwdriver and placed it alongside the hood stop and made a small mark on the shaft of the screwdriver with a small felt-tip pen that was exactly even with the top of the black rubber bumper. Then remove the hood stop.

You now have a fair amount of room to reach your arm down into the cavity underneath the headlight assembly to reach the turn signal light. Once the bulb is changed, you now have the correct measurement to re-bolt the hood stop. No worries.

HTH
This is the way I did mine it worked well for me
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If I remember correctly, I just raise the headlight, and remove the hood stopper and reach down in there.. I have small arms and it gives me just enough to get in there and do it..
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Don't lose the weird little rubber washer on the socket.
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