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Old 30 Jun 2009, 07:25 pm
Mark
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Default 2004 Headlamp replacement

OK, I've never had such a problem replacing a bulb before. I've removed the
clips and gained access thru the wheel-well /fender to the passenger side
headlamp but there is absolutely no movement when I try to turn the bulb
counter clockwise (or clockwise for that matter). Is there some trick I'm
missing? I hate to spray any lube in there and make matters worse, or try
to use channel locks or something.

Any advice appreciated. (I know I could pay someone to do it, but let's
face it - when I turn a simple bulb replacement over to the pros I might as
well put my tools in the next garage sale!

Thanks!

Mark

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Old 30 Jun 2009, 07:33 pm
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Default Re: 2004 Headlamp replacement

Mark wrote:
> OK, I've never had such a problem replacing a bulb before. I've removed
> the clips and gained access thru the wheel-well /fender to the passenger
> side headlamp but there is absolutely no movement when I try to turn the
> bulb counter clockwise (or clockwise for that matter). Is there some
> trick I'm missing? I hate to spray any lube in there and make matters
> worse, or try to use channel locks or something.
>
> Any advice appreciated. (I know I could pay someone to do it, but let's
> face it - when I turn a simple bulb replacement over to the pros I might
> as well put my tools in the next garage sale!


Is there a chance that you would like to share what type of vehicle
you're having this issue with?
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Old 30 Jun 2009, 07:54 pm
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Default Re: 2004 Headlamp replacement

Sorry! 04 Honda Accord 4cyl. Couldn't read my mind I guess! ;-)


"Brian Smith" <Halifax@NovaScotia.Canada> wrote in message
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> Mark wrote:
>> OK, I've never had such a problem replacing a bulb before. I've removed
>> the clips and gained access thru the wheel-well /fender to the passenger
>> side headlamp but there is absolutely no movement when I try to turn the
>> bulb counter clockwise (or clockwise for that matter). Is there some
>> trick I'm missing? I hate to spray any lube in there and make matters
>> worse, or try to use channel locks or something.
>>
>> Any advice appreciated. (I know I could pay someone to do it, but let's
>> face it - when I turn a simple bulb replacement over to the pros I might
>> as well put my tools in the next garage sale!

>
> Is there a chance that you would like to share what type of vehicle you're
> having this issue with?


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Old 30 Jun 2009, 08:17 pm
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"Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in news:A1y2m.11$Qk7.6@newsfe22.iad:

> OK, I've never had such a problem replacing a bulb before. I've
> removed the clips and gained access thru the wheel-well /fender to the
> passenger side headlamp but there is absolutely no movement when I try
> to turn the bulb counter clockwise (or clockwise for that matter). Is
> there some trick I'm missing?




Yep.

That trick is are outlined in great detail in your Owner's Manual. Do you
have one of those?



> I hate to spray any lube in there



Good.


> and make matters worse, or try to use channel locks




Even gooder.



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Old 30 Jun 2009, 08:40 pm
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Default Re: 2004 Headlamp replacement

Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much verbatim what is
written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the manual a 'trick'.
It simply states to turn the bulb counter clockwise to remove it. I turned
until I saw the entire light assemble moving an was afraid I was going to
break something.

I gave it a rest, eat some dinner and then snuck up on it from behind and it
finally gave way, taking a fair amount of knuckle skin along the way.
Obviously I had failed to account for the amount of blood that needed to be
shed to be successful!!

But thanks for your constructive feedback on the use of more deadly chemical
or mechanical force!



"Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
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> "Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in news:A1y2m.11$Qk7.6@newsfe22.iad:
>
>> OK, I've never had such a problem replacing a bulb before. I've
>> removed the clips and gained access thru the wheel-well /fender to the
>> passenger side headlamp but there is absolutely no movement when I try
>> to turn the bulb counter clockwise (or clockwise for that matter). Is
>> there some trick I'm missing?

>
>
>
> Yep.
>
> That trick is are outlined in great detail in your Owner's Manual. Do you
> have one of those?
>
>
>
>> I hate to spray any lube in there

>
>
> Good.
>
>
>> and make matters worse, or try to use channel locks

>
>
>
> Even gooder.
>
>
>
> --
> Tegger
>
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Old 30 Jun 2009, 08:48 pm
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"Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in news8z2m.1399$9E7.381@newsfe20.iad:

> Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much verbatim
> what is written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the manual
> a 'trick'. It simply states to turn the bulb



No, it says to SQUEEZE and turn. There are tabs that need to be manually
pressed out of the way before the locking ring can be turned.


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Old 30 Jun 2009, 09:03 pm
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Tegger <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in news:Xns9C3ADDBABDAC6tegger@
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> "Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in news8z2m.1399$9E7.381@newsfe20.iad:
>
>> Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much verbatim
>> what is written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the manual
>> a 'trick'. It simply states to turn the bulb

>
>
> No, it says to SQUEEZE and turn.




Actually, I'm wrong myself.

SQUEEZE, yes, TURN, no. Squeeze-and-turn is for a different model.

There might have been dirt built up that prevented you from easily turning
the bulb. Once the connector was removed, turning /should/ have been easy.
Did you try pushing the bulb in a bit (or otherwise wiggling it) while
turning?


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Old 30 Jun 2009, 09:11 pm
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Ok, I'll forgive you this time Tegger! Even though you made me get off my
butt, put down my beer, and go out and get the manual to re-read that step!
(Of course had I read your follow up BEFORE jumping into action.....!)

It sure seemed clean enough, although a little grime can go a long way to
make something stick when it isn't suppose to. Wonder why science can't
create a glue that works that well!

Have a good evening!

Mark

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> Tegger <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in news:Xns9C3ADDBABDAC6tegger@
> 208.90.168.18:
>
>> "Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in news8z2m.1399$9E7.381@newsfe20.iad:
>>
>>> Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much verbatim
>>> what is written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the manual
>>> a 'trick'. It simply states to turn the bulb

>>
>>
>> No, it says to SQUEEZE and turn.

>
>
>
> Actually, I'm wrong myself.
>
> SQUEEZE, yes, TURN, no. Squeeze-and-turn is for a different model.
>
> There might have been dirt built up that prevented you from easily turning
> the bulb. Once the connector was removed, turning /should/ have been easy.
> Did you try pushing the bulb in a bit (or otherwise wiggling it) while
> turning?
>
>
> --
> Tegger
>
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> www.tegger.com/hondafaq/


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Old 01 Jul 2009, 10:37 pm
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"Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much verbatim what
> is written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the manual a
> 'trick'. It simply states to turn the bulb counter clockwise to remove it.
> I turned until I saw the entire light assemble moving an was afraid I was
> going to break something.
>
> I gave it a rest, eat some dinner and then snuck up on it from behind and
> it finally gave way, taking a fair amount of knuckle skin along the way.
> Obviously I had failed to account for the amount of blood that needed to
> be shed to be successful!!
>
> But thanks for your constructive feedback on the use of more deadly
> chemical or mechanical force!
>
>

I had to replace a passenger side bulb on my '00 Accord not long ago and it
was not easy. Not a lot of space for leverage in there.


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Old 03 Jul 2009, 07:33 am
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"Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Ok, I'll forgive you this time Tegger! Even though you made me get
> off my butt, put down my beer, and go out and get the manual to
> re-read that step! (Of course had I read your follow up BEFORE
> jumping into action.....!)
>
> It sure seemed clean enough, although a little grime can go a long
> way to make something stick when it isn't suppose to. Wonder why
> science can't create a glue that works that well!
>
> Have a good evening!


Both mating pieces I believe are polymer based, a lot of expansion and
contraction from heating up and cooling down. The other side is even
more fun.....

>
> Mark
>
> "Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
> news:Xns9C3AE04337A5Etegger@208.90.168.18...
>> Tegger <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in news:Xns9C3ADDBABDAC6tegger@
>> 208.90.168.18:
>>
>>> "Mark" <mwl@nospam.com> wrote in
>>> news8z2m.1399$9E7.381@newsfe20.iad:
>>>
>>>> Yes, I have the manual and what I've stated is pretty much
>>>> verbatim
>>>> what is written, and I'd hardly call what they describe in the
>>>> manual
>>>> a 'trick'. It simply states to turn the bulb
>>>
>>>
>>> No, it says to SQUEEZE and turn.

>>
>>
>>
>> Actually, I'm wrong myself.
>>
>> SQUEEZE, yes, TURN, no. Squeeze-and-turn is for a different model.
>>
>> There might have been dirt built up that prevented you from easily
>> turning
>> the bulb. Once the connector was removed, turning /should/ have
>> been easy.
>> Did you try pushing the bulb in a bit (or otherwise wiggling it)
>> while
>> turning?
>>
>>
>> --
>> Tegger
>>
>> The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
>> www.tegger.com/hondafaq/

>



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