Disassembling all the black panels and reaching in there was the worst part of it. The LED bulb is held in by a small wire "gate" that has to be closed and "latched" to hold the bulb in place.
If there's a better way...then lets hear it. I'm ready to learn.
He's looking for a different way for removing panels, not for replacing bulbs. Although I have a tip for that too.
OK ..what is the other way ? I have 3xl size hands ...do I need to ask the little girl next door if she can reach in there ??
Ok, what you'll need is a pair of slip joint pliers
, the longer the better. I'm not talking about Channel Lock offset head ones. I'm talking about el-cheapo pliers
like the wife keeps in her little household tool bag.
Now, refer to your owner's manual about Dash
Panels A & B. Those are the horizontal ones right and left. Remove them. Then remove the screws and rivets for Dash
Panels C & D. You must
do Panel C (the right) before Panel D. You won't be able to completely remove them but pop them out of their moorings. Look on the back, you'll see a knurled knob that connects the headlight adjusting cable to the knob assembly. Reach in with the pliers and unscrew the knob. Remove the panel.
Reassembly is just the opposite.
Now, for headlight bulb replacement (among many other things), I've found 2 sets of tools to be invaluable, both cheap from Harbor Freight:
- long handled needle nosed pliers
, 1 straight and one 45 deg. curved;
- long handled hemostat
, again 1 straight and one 45 deg. curved.
It's amazing where your hands will fit when you have these. And in case you need to hold something thicker at a distance, has you ever seen these long reach vise grips
? Adjustable, cool as h3ll!