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Old 07-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Bogus Bulb R&R

Ok, so a friend with an '08 SES tells me she can't figure out how to change a burned out tail light and the manual is pretty vague. I think, "how difficult can it be?" and tell her I'll have it done real quick like.

I now have blood dripping off the back of my hand, lumps on my head from the trunk lid and a stiff neck from trying to see what is in that corner of the trunk...and I've only gotten to the point where I discover I am going to need a deep socket just to get the tail light housing removed.

Can anyone tell me what socket I need to go buy and also, the manual says the bulb ia a 3057 where every other place says 3157.Which is it?

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10mm and 3157.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #3
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I had to undo the housing a year or two ago for a bad bulb in the right rear. Needless to say i made plenty of trips to and from my box trying to find a socket that would fit in the well and fit the nut. Come to find out there was a short to ground in the socket
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Yeah, seems to me either some VPs nephew designed that or it was a deliberate attempt to make it difficult enough that a lot of people would just take it to a dealer. Even the "hidden" bolt doesn't line up with the access hole so getting the socket on it is a PIA. Thanks for your input.
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It shouldn't be that hard to remove the lights? I have had mine off multiple times with no problems... there is only 2 nuts, one hidden and one visible.. use a deep socket as the bolt shafts are too long for a shallow socket to fit on... it takes so gentle force to pull the light off the car due to this little snap like connector. Also when putting it back on, you have to make sure this little "guide pin" on the left (of left light) or right ( of right light) side, lines up with the channel mounted to the car.
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10mm and 3157.
Mission accomplished but...
As it turned out, a 10mm was too small.
If an 11mm deep socket was available that would work otherwise it is 7/16".

As is usually the case, when you have the proper tools, life is much easier. Only took a couple minutes to change.

Thanks everyone for the input.

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Sorry the 10mm didn't work on yours. It is what I used on mine 4 weeks ago to pull the tail lights off so I could dip my car. But mine is a 10mm just went out side to check it to make sure. 10mm deep worked on mine. I wouldn't have misdirected you. Apparently mine are just different than yours?
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