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Old 02-02-2010, 07:06 PM
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Replacing headlight bulbs

I have a burnt out headlight (just the low beam) and I bought the replacement bulbs but after about 10 minutes of trying I still can't manage to get the old one out of there What am I missing? Any tips, tricks, ideas?
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:40 PM
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twist the cap off the bulb, then pull the tab off the back of the bulb
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:44 PM
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I had the same problem as you a couple of months ago... Tried for an hour or so... Had to go to the dealer to see how to do it... Man! I felt dumb...

Anyway, there's some kind of a slider that you have to move AND (that's the part I was missing) a small button you have to push (near the bottom of the socket) when pulling the light off. Easy enough when you know what to do!
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:24 AM
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There are two different kinds of connectors. One that you are, I think, supposed to just pull off (just a guess - mine has always been way too stiff to do that) and the one sandman talks about. The mechanism that holds the bulb in place might also vary - I have a latch that folds over the back of the bulb, not something with a button.

The way I change my bulbs: first I pull the rubber cap back; then I release the latch that holds the bulb in place and fold it back; pull the bulb out still connected, and remove it from the connector using both hands (told you, that thing is pretty stiff). Place the rubber cap on the new bulb, pull it back and assemble in reverse order. The part that holds the bulb in place can be a little fiddly and annoying at times, especially when it is really cold, but that may just be because I'm left-handed (at least the left bulb is kind of difficult to get out using ones left hand, and my right is kind of clumsy especially when frozen solid).

Not a clue if that's the right way to do it, as the manual claims the mechanism should be something totally different.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:55 PM
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Mine were like sandman's description - easiest bulbs I have ever replaced. I burn mine all the time so I have replaced several. Upgraded both last month to higher intensity and was surprised how much of a difference it made. Got them on sale so two were not much more than a single standard replacement.
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I burn mine all the time so I have replaced several.
Why are you going through them so often? Both mine lasted about 36k miles. You aren't touching the glass of the lamp when you change them, are you?

The only time I've ever bought expensive lamps was my old Subaru. Won't do that again! I personally find the standard Sylvania's (at $15 each) to be quite sufficient. My Raider's sealed beam lamps are terrible!
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anyone know the life of the silverstars? I heard they are brighter but don't last as long as standard lights...
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1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
2. Disconnect the engine compartment wire harness connector from the connector receptacle integral to the headlamp bulb base (3) on the back of the headlamp unit housing (1).
3. Using the tabs on each side of the connector receptacle, firmly grasp the bulb base and rotate it counterclockwise about 30 degrees to unlock it.
4. Pull the bulb and base straight out from the keyed opening in the headlamp reflector (2).

I did not copy the picture from the service manual but you get the idea.
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I have over 54K on my Pat. Two have burned out so far.
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you wouldnt be having this problem if the patriot had a REAL owners manual.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:48 AM
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Broccoli - patience my friend, my previous vehicles (Big 3) never had that type of stuff in an owners manual, i have always had to buy a Chilton's or similar. Even if you don't do the detailed work yourself (not the lightbulb thing) it is nice to understand what is going on.

For example, getting to the fog lamps is a total pain in the ___ on the Pat.
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The owners manual of the Patriot is far, far more informative than what a lot of new vehicles have. It could use major editing by someone who really understands the differences between different models of the vehicle (including export models!), but the amount of information exceeds most owners manuals today.
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I have the PDF version of the owner's manual and there are step by step instructions with pictures from page 398 to 400.

1. Raise the hood and locate the connector behind the headlight
2. Reach into engine compartment and pull red lock out at connector.

3. Remove the green connector from the back of the bulb by pulling straight back.

4. Twist the bulb to the left.

5. Pull bulb outward from assembly.
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Krakrak - good catch, that is why we should always go back to the owners manual to remind ourselves of a few things.
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anyone know the life of the silverstars? I heard they are brighter but don't last as long as standard lights...
Let's just say their motto should be "Lots of light, very short life". Go with Philips Extreme Ultras instead.
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