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Replacing the front turn signal bulb, to do I get to the bulb? by hzl6cm
Started on: 05-14-2013 08:38 AM
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Report this Post05-14-2013 08:38 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hzl6cmClick Here to Email hzl6cmSend a Private Message to hzl6cmEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I know this sounds like a stupid question but I figure that people on here have done this could save me time since I wouldn't have to do things that don't work. I need to have the kids '87 Fiero GT safety inspected this month so that I can renue the plates but when I checked last night the left front turn signal is not working. What is the best way to remove that bulb? I unscrewed the two screws on the lense but it appears that the lense doesn't come off, the whole light unit is loose but the wires are too short to pull it out far enought to get to the back of it. Is there a place to disconnect the wires to pull the whole light unit out? Does the bulb socket unscrew from the back to change out the bulb?
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Report this Post05-14-2013 09:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
There is a bayonet fitting on the bulb socket. You should be able to find enough extra wire to get your hand behind the lens housing and rotate the socket.

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Report this Post05-14-2013 10:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The wire harness must be snagging on something since it is long enough to pull the light housing away from the bumper. You might need to jack the car up to see what it's catching on, but from there it's a simple matter of twisting the socket out of the housing, then twisting the bulb out of the socket as Gall said.
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Report this Post05-14-2013 10:20 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hzl6cmClick Here to Email hzl6cmSend a Private Message to hzl6cmEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks, that is just what I needed to know. Now I can focus on the wire and getting it unsnagged it only comes about half way out of the hole and there wasn't enough room to turn it and get at the bulb. Now maybe my daughter could do it since her hand is smaller (plus she is the one that damaged the bulb by hitting cones while autocrossing), but I don't think that I could get her to understand enough what to do to do it by feel.:-)
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You can also do this from inside. Below the headlight, there is a hole in the frame where the wiring runs through to the turn signal. The bulb will fit back through that hole. Just turn it about an eighth of a turn (I believe it is counter-clockwise from the back), and slide it out. It can be difficult to get it to sit back in there correctly from the back, but it can be done. Note that I generally have the headlights out when I am doing it this way.

Even if you can't get it from the back, perhaps knowing that you can get to the wire from the back will allow you to free some up for more movement.
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Report this Post03-16-2014 11:34 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm having this problem with my 85 SE. Can't get to that bulb one way or another as it's too short to pull forward and too tight in the light department to get my hand down in the space where the light passes through. Any suggestions?
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Report this Post03-16-2014 04:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for theogreClick Here to visit theogre's HomePageSend a Private Message to theogreEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Raise HL up and pull turn/park socket from the back work well.

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Report this Post03-16-2014 08:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'll give it a try!
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