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My wife wants to "downsize" to a new Mazda 3. But not before I have a look-see as to the ease of access to the various bulbs, if I have any say about it...which I know I won't (sigh)...
A good friend of my Brother In Law went to a Lexus dealer to get a bulb replaced. Fortunately he was wise enough to ask for a written quote. Quote was $ 2378.95 !!! After telling the dealer his opinion of getting charged over 2200 dollars in labor to replace a light bulb he drove that Lexus to a Jeep dealer and traded that Lexus in on a new Grand Cherokee.
Me, I laugh at these kinds of posts. Because I drive either a 1985 Monte Carlo SS or a 1986 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Takes me about 5 minutes to swap out a Sealed Beam and I don't even have to open the Hood.
I've stopped counting.
There is also the added plus of having your lights made with glass so you don't have them looking like an old milk jug.
My other Sig is a Steyr...
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For a 2003 Acura RSX. Open hood. If driver's side, unhook washer fluid tube and undo battery restraints and push battery aside. Feel by Braille for 8 minutes and cutting up your hands until you unplug the headlamp plug and pull off the rubber housing. Then unclip the wire bulb bracket to access the bulb.
If you break the bulb wire bracket because you can't see WTF you're doing, then buy a whole new headlight housing assembly for $300 + labor because the bracket can't be replaced by itself, and then you have to pull the whole front bumper off.
Yeah, 2003 isn't that modern, but modern enough to still suck!
Yeah, I just did this on my exwife's '08 Lacrosse. Getting it ready for my daughter to start driving. I have to remove a bunch of stuff from the front, pull the headlight assembly out a little, then I could change it. I changed the other one as well. Might as well get both now.
My BMWs were a little easier, there was an access panel in the wheel well. I haven't tried yet in my Subaru Legacy. To change the fog light bulbs on the Legacy, I had to remove the front bumper. It's held in by 17 clips. Well, 16 now.
Not minority enough!
I pull the bumper skin of my 2005 Volvo XC70, (a 5 min job) to remove the housings and change bulbs. Much easier than removing all kinds of stuff in the engine bay to gain a little access to the lamp housing, and still not really being able to replace the multitude of lamps inside.
"Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down." JM
My 2014 Tundra manual reads like that to replace the headlight bulb.
I've found it easier to pull the grille (4 bolts and 2 fasteners), a front body part (2 more bolts and 2 fasteners), and pull the entire headlight assembly (3 more bolts).
Much easier than reaching and fishing for something (a rubber boot and a thin wire clip) you can't see.
I can do all that in less than 10 minutes for both sides..
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Yes, many cars suck changing the bulbs. Now imagine trying to explain to a customer that it's going to take 2 hours, cost $200 plus just in labor to change a $5 headlight bulb. ~OR~ Tell the customer that their HID bulb costs $100+ and will take half the day to get it from the dealer because the parts house (NAPA, Advance, etc.) don't stock them.
I always feel bad but there isn't much I can do when the engineers have their heads up their asses when designing these things.
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Don’t discount asking your wife if she has small hands. Beats the heck out of shelling out $$$$ at the stealership!
Blackeye, I have worked in the auto repair business for over 45 years. I think your broad brush painting of mechanics is totally asinine.
Remember I didn't design it, I didn't build it, I didn't sell it to you. I'm just trying to fix it.
If the automobile buying public would quit demanding mobile TV hotspots, self adjusting mirrors, and buy automobiles without all the bells and whistles they would be less expensive AND easier to repair.
Men, don't push button on dash marked "ATR" !!! Automatic Tampex Remover "
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This is why I drive trucks. Old trucks.
On the older Acura and Honda's, it is recommended that you remove the bumper cover, then the headlights to access the bulbs. Otherwise, you'll have to peel off the fenderwell liner, which is super fun as well.
HID bulbs aren't that bad at all. Mine lasted 10 years before I replaced them for being dim. Replacements were right about $40 each by the OEM Osram. I love the light and the reliability.
the owners manual of my Ford Flex says you have to have the dealer replace the high intensity bulbs... one burned out and I went on line and stupidly picked the longest youtube video of how to do it yourself.. the 'engineer' (had to be) that made this video agreed with the manual and said you had to remove the entire front bumper to remove the lighting module that holds both head lights and fog lights and turn signal lights... he is right that to remove the module you do have to take the front off... but to change out the main head light all you have to do is open the hood, pop off the rubber over on the back of the module. reach in and turn the light a quarter turn to the left and remove while working the connecting wire along with it then reverse... DUH?
Oh and the other thing was Autozone wanted $149 for one bulb.... could buy two off Amazon for $25.
So... I took a peek under the hood of my new Silverado.
Drivers side: Easily accessible.
Passenger side: Not so much. Lots of things to remove, involving at the least the air intake.
End of Earth: 2 Miles
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I changed the headlights on my old Dodge truck a few years ago. Went from regular bulbs where I couldn't see much, to the HID projectors from an Infinity Q45. Running about 13,000 lumens now.
My other Sig is a Steyr...
"It's a bit easier once you move the battery out of the way"
Who's idea was that?
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