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    replacing car headlight bulb

    straight forward enough and I've done it a million times before.

    This time I got the bulb out fine but can't get the new one to seat properly enough to get the lock ring on.

    wtf? Do I just shove the damn thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    straight forward enough and I've done it a million times before.

    This time I got the bulb out fine but can't get the new one to seat properly enough to get the lock ring on.

    wtf? Do I just shove the damn thing?
    are they the same size? is it expensive? if not, give a little extra push and yell a curse word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thechemgeek View Post
    are they the same size? is it expensive? if not, give a little extra push and yell a curse word.
    Yes, same size and brand.
    Have yelled many curse words so far, back in the parking lot at work as it was getting dark.

    Am on my home turf now with a bit of a buzz, I can curse more properly now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Yes, same size and brand.
    Have yelled many curse words so far, back in the parking lot at work as it was getting dark.

    Am on my home turf now with a bit of a buzz, I can curse more properly now
    use this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechemgeek View Post
    use this...

    If trini's mom would give it back I would.

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    Ya just got to be smarter than the socket. BTW make sure you put your sweaty, oily fingers all over the new bulb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    Ya just got to be smarter than the socket.
    That's the part I'm having trouble with

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    What kind of bulb is it? One with screws and a ring or the twist in type?

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill View Post
    What kind of bulb is it? One with screws and a ring or the twist in type?
    Twist in with a ring.
    No screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    nothing else?
    Did you check the gasket? It may have pulled away from the bottom and is partialy covering the threads.

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    Maybe instead of replacing the bulb to the car, replace the car to the bulb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    straight forward enough and I've done it a million times before.

    This time I got the bulb out fine but can't get the new one to seat properly enough to get the lock ring on.

    wtf? Do I just shove the damn thing?
    is it a ford?

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comtrad View Post
    Maybe instead of replacing the bulb to the car, replace the car to the bulb.


    Great idea. Hold the bulb at headlight level, have a friend drive the car into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    is it a ford?
    '93 pathfinder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    '93 pathfinder
    I've changed mine in my 93 nissan truck, should just go right back in. Hmmm. Is there a right side up on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B View Post
    I've changed mine in my 93 nissan truck, should just go right back in. Hmmm. Is there a right side up on it?
    *first off, please move this to the automotive forum if possible, I forgot we had it*

    there's a right side up, where there's a ridge for the wiring to clip and latch into place.

    Finally got it, but it was only after a bunch of bitching. I tried again, couldn't get it, trini and I tried, nada, took the other good bulb out and swapped them, wouldn't fit...then trini finally got it. The other bulb went in the first socket just fine. Whatever.

    Now there's something totally weird going on though. Turns out the first is a Sylvania cool blue 9004, the new one is a Sylvania 9007 that says on the box "not interchangable with 9004"

    When I have them on now the high beam indicator comes on in both regular and high beam positions, and it looks like only the old bulb is actually coming on when the highbeams are on.

    Any ideas?
    I'm going to grab another 9004 tomorrow anyway I guess.

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    9007 has a driving light position and the 9004 does not. Don't interchange them as you may fry some wiring or your relay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blebs99 View Post
    9007 has a driving light position and the 9004 does not. Don't interchange them as you may fry some wiring or your relay.
    Ahh, thanks blebs

    just found this at another site
    The Number of the bulb denotes it's type. 9005 is a high beam with a 90 connector, 9006 is a low beam with a 90 connector. The 9004 is a straight connector with a low/high beam bulb and the 9007 is a low beam bulb.
    which is what you just said.

    Think Kragens might take this 9700 back?

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    I had to double check, 9004 is used as a low and high beam where the other is not, but you found it before I did. Thanks.

    This guy has the best 411:

    http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=312531
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