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Old 12-04-2005, 08:11 PM   #1
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It appears that I have a buld burnt out on the trunk light bar. I went to change out the bad bulb today only to find out that there'* no socket near the dim area of the light bar. The one that seems to be burnt out is on the driver'* side.

How are those light bars configured? I only see one socket and that'* at the driver'* side, center. There'* nothing that I can see on the passenger side for sockets/bulbs.
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Free bump. I'm not familiar with the 96-99 setup.
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Free bump. I'm not familiar with the 96-99 setup.
Free Bump? After only 1 hour and 24 minutes

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It appears that I have a buld burnt out on the trunk light bar. I went to change out the bad bulb today only to find out that there'* no socket near the dim area of the light bar. The one that seems to be burnt out is on the driver'* side.

How are those light bars configured? I only see one socket and that'* at the driver'* side, center. There'* nothing that I can see on the passenger side for sockets/bulbs.
The light bar is a one piece assembly that MUST be removed to replace any of the bulbs. The "socket" you see is the wiring harness connector, NOT a bulb socket....

Anyways, the procedure to remove the assembly is in the owners manual (Page 6-39 for 1997).

If you don't have a manual, here are the steps:

1. Remove four (two each side) retainer pins from the sides of light assembly. These are the "push-pin" type. Use a pen to "push" in on the center of the plastic push pin.

2. Pull the push pin with fingers to remove it.

3. Remove five nuts (10mm, located on back side of trunk) that hold the assembly in place.

4. Lift up on both plastic side flaps (where the push pins were) at the same time and lift the entire light assembly out.

5. Carefully let go of trunk and let it raise completely. (The assembly will be stil be connected to the wiring harness, but you will now have access to the bulbs.

6. Turn bulb assembly counterclockwise to remove.

7. Pull bulb out to remove it from bulb assembly.

Reverse steps to reinsatll everything.
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Spank you very much, Bob.
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I had to change one of the bullb in my center bar also an I did it without removing the "Push Pins". They are a pain to get out.
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Thanks for the steps, Bob. I'll tackle it this weekend and report back!
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I had to change one of the bullb in my center bar also an I did it without removing the "Push Pins". They are a pain to get out.
Yeah, it'* not necessary to remove that part, it'* just a trim panel. Just remove the screws from inside the trunk. Carefully!! And when you're putting it back, pay very close attention to how it'* alligned. There'* a little wiggle rrom that will show when the trunk is closed if it'* not lined up just right.
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When you change it..please snap a couple pics. I've yet to see one off for a bulb change and didn't pay attention when Jimmyfloyd was messing with his.

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Is there something happening at WCBF'* involving butts? lol (we only took pics)
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I have a spare here (go figure) I can get pictures of. Coming later tonight
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I have a spare here (go figure) I can get pictures of. Coming later tonight
Awesome, I'd love to see it before I get into it. Thanks!
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