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Old 09-18-2005, 12:45 AM   #1
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That's all I've got now. One working headlight. Anyone know if it's difficult to install them if you've never done it before? I'm poor and it's bad enough that a new one costs around $150 for my car!
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Well, I was going to suggest installing them in pairs. They get about the same amount of wear since they're obviously both used exactly as much, so when one goes out, the other is likely to follow soon. It's easier to do them both at once, even if the other one has a few weeks left in it, to spare you the trouble of getting the tools out twice.

But $150 a pop? What the hell? At that price, it sounds like you'd need a licensed professional to even turn them on, much less replace them. What do you drive?
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Old 09-18-2005, 01:16 AM   #3
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It's a 1994 Olds 88.
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It shouldn't cost $150. I just replaced a headlight bulb in my 98 VW Jetta, and it cost $12.

Go to an auto parts store, and tell them what you need.
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Head over to the closest Jiffy Lube or other fast-repair service; negotiate the price with them....smile a lot!!!
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Old 09-18-2005, 01:34 AM   #6
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How do I know if they can replace them? My car's old enough that I know they're not halogen, but I didn't know it was as simple as a new bulb...is it really that easy??
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Wow. I just did a search for your car's headlights:

http://www.autopartsbuy.com/cgi-bin/...ar=1994&cat=10

They are $135. You need to replace the whole fucking assembly.

Sorry.
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That's what I thought. @ my car.

So back to the original question...how do I figure out how to install it myself?
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It's the kind of thing you can easily do yourself.

If I lived down the street from you, I'd do it for ya.

Alas, I'm in New Hampshire.
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If I tinker with it, do you think I could just figure it out because that's probably what I'll end up doing...after I ebay a used one that is. Yeah, I'm that poor.
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If I tinker with it, do you think I could just figure it out because that's probably what I'll end up doing...after I ebay a used one that is. Yeah, I'm that poor.
You could do it. You could also fuck it up.

Do you know anyone who could help ya? I learned bout cars by working on them with my Dad. Certain thing I can do. Certain things I can't.
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I'm going to look at it tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. I remember how to adjust them, but I don't recall ever being shown how to replace them. Shouldn't we have some kind of auto mechanic on this site for all the people we have??? lol
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It should really just be a couple of screws, and the power plug.
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I can do that. I'll poke around there tomorrow and see if I get intimidated by it or not.
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According to someone over on an auto forum I posted to, I may only have to replace a bulb. There is hope!
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