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Old 02-28-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Help, A Noob replacing a headlamp bulb

I thought this would be an easy task. I am trying to replace the headlamp bulb for my 2004 WRX Wagon by myself. I unscrewed the bulb cover and... well I got stuck. For the drivers side, first of all, I guess removing the battery would make my life easier. Now how do I disconnect the eectrical connector. I pulled and tugged with no result. I am afraid I may snap it off. Also, I tried removing the retainer spring. Good grief, I tried pressing the thing in very firmly... again with no results but a bruised finger.

Any tricks for the passenger side?

Sorry... it was easier to replace the bulbs in my Saab.


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Old 02-28-2004, 06:45 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the 04s, but I've always found it easiest to remove the whole light assembly in order to get to the light bulbs. You have to remove the grill and the grill side pieces to get to the headlight bolts on the bugeyes.

Hope this helps...Edvig
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Old 03-01-2004, 12:24 PM   #3
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the 04's are a PITA....i knwo i have done this a few time and be forewarned, you will bust the filament of the bulb you are removing...i've switched out like 6 sets already, and i am still at 50%.. the way i do it is, if you dont not plan on reusing the bulbs, unclip the wire hangar holding bulb in place...pull the bulb out...then just hold the wire, and pull like hell...the filament will break more than likely...but you arent using the bulb. so its okay...

now if you are using the bulb...well then you are screed wo really have to work it up and down, and pull back....

i would not remove the headlight, as the impact of popping it out also will more than likely bust the filament also..plus its a hassle. i have remove all the set without removing the battery..
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