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How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Afternoon !!

I've been trying now for two days to try and get the fl*pping daylight running bulbs out and i've given up !!

I've opened the SMALL hatch in the arch lining and removed the rubber cap and managed to find the rear of the bulb housing. I've then 'tried' to turn housing clockwise as per the manual and it just will not budge !! All I have so far to show for my efforts is a cut-up hand and still a bulb out on the front!!

Am I missing something ?? Or has anyone got any tips ??

I'm getting really frustrated with this car .... it just seems even the simplest of jobs becomes a major deal !!
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Read the manual. Failing that go to your Fiat dealer.
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I have read the manual !! .... thanks for the tip.
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

I'm outside waxing my car right now and in 2 minutes I had the drl bulb out and then back in. Just give it a go. It's not hard
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

It helps if you have the hands of a child.....so damned tight in that in that little hole!

I can only get 2 fingers in there and I still struggle to turn the holder so it pops out....




This post is so loaded with unintended inuendo I fear it may dissappear
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Quote Originally Posted by AdynGill View Post
Afternoon !!

I've been trying now for two days to try and get the fl*pping daylight running bulbs out and i've given up !!

I've opened the SMALL hatch in the arch lining and removed the rubber cap and managed to find the rear of the bulb housing. I've then 'tried' to turn housing clockwise as per the manual and it just will not budge !! All I have so far to show for my efforts is a cut-up hand and still a bulb out on the front!!

Am I missing something ?? Or has anyone got any tips ??

I'm getting really frustrated with this car .... it just seems even the simplest of jobs becomes a major deal !!
I believe that the earlier manuals stated to turn clockwise but it is actually anticlockwise, see latest instructions below.

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Read the manual. Failing that go to your Fiat dealer.
Ahmett, don't be so quick to judge. As stated above the older manual was incorrect which was why the OP was having a problem


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I'm outside waxing my car right now and in 2 minutes I had the drl bulb out and then back in. Just give it a go. It's not hard
Showoff.


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It helps if you have the hands of a child.....so damned tight in that in that little hole!

I can only get 2 fingers in there and I still struggle to turn the holder so it pops out....

This post is so loaded with unintended inuendo I fear it may dissappear

You are correct,......... about the smaller fingers being an advantage, which is why Lloyd is expert in this matter.

With regards the double entendres, excellent stuff for signatures and we all like to have a laugh.
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I know it might seem that way. But all I did was look at the bulb and see what was holding it in and it was easy as pie. I just wish some people had a bit more get up and go about them

Does no one else get the satisfaction out of doing things for themselves these days rather than getting someone to tell them how it's done? I was waxing my car outside and looking at the forum posts on my phone and thought "how hard can it be?" and if I'm honest it took me longer to get in the car and turn the wheel to one side (the engine was running so there was no power assistance) than it did to open the access hatch, remove the rubber cap and figure out how the bulb was held in.

I know people think they're being helpful by telling people how things work and telling them the information which is already in the manual, but all this does is create a reliance on "somebody else" for all information on their car when it comes to basic tasks.

I'm happy to give no end of advice when it comes to something like winter tyres where people didn't get handed a pamphlet telling them which ones are good and which ones are bad and so on. But if someone is asking for information that they already have then I think that's a bit rude tbh......
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

I know where you are coming from but it was clear from the OPs post he was turning the bulb holder in the wrong direction, as per the instructions in the handbook.

Without the handbook the natural way to turn anything to undo it is anticlockwise, which you and I would automatically do, but in this case we were wrong in saying RTM, instead we should have pointed out that he was turning it the wrong way.

If you like, we were giving him a hard time because he had read the manual.

ps. I guess you mean the engine wasn't running in your previous post.
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Spookily I was reading another older thread on bulb replacement earlier today, and that referred to the fact that the manual was wrong (in 2009) so go easy on the poor guy!
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Q: How many forum members does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but don't ask him how he did it.


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Q: How many forum members does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but don't ask him how he did it.


I did chuckle at that

Q: How many forum members does it take to read a manual?
A: Two. One to post on the forum asking someone to read their manual, the other to get off his arse and read the manual.

As always, most problems can be solved simply by giving things a go
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

I for one think the forum should be here to help our fellow Fiat 500 owners.
If someone needs help I think it is human nature to want to help them.

This person just needed some help!

I have no problem doing most things on the car but that is just me, not everyone has been messing around and restoring cars for 20 years.

Saying to just give it a go to someone that has no experience is not good. Please ask here and don't just try stuff, you may break something and even break yourself.

I am happy for anyone to give me a call on the Cartel Parts number and I will give them some help.

Rant over.
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I for one think the forum should be here to help our fellow Fiat 500 owners.
If someone needs help I think it is human nature to want to help them.

This person just needed some help!

I have no problem doing most things on the car but that is just me, not everyone has been messing around and restoring cars for 20 years.

Saying to just give it a go to someone that has no experience is not good. Please ask here and don't just try stuff, you may break something and even break yourself.

I am happy for anyone to give me a call on the Cartel Parts number and I will give them some help.

Rant over.
I respect that RUI, but as you know I disagree.

I haven't been working on cars for 20 years or anything I just read manuals where possible and try and take a systematic and logical approach to tasks like that.

Anyway we'll have to agree to disagree
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Differences of opinion and "who is right and who is wrong" are the staple of any forum. However, I'm with RUI on this, I became part of this forum because of the help I received when I first joined and it is the reason I stayed.

Maxi could be right, it would be arrogant to suggest that my way is any better than the next persons, so, as stated, let's agree to disagree and never let it become personal and more importantly not scare people away.

This is just my opinion but as far as I'm concerned the way we support members will be the deciding factor on how successful this forum remains but you can't dismiss the number of thanks that Maxi has accrued which obviously show that many members appreciate when posts are answered in a direct way.

Maybe though, giving both the initial assistance and pointing out that the info is in the manual, perhaps with a link or a pic will encourage people to read it more than just telling them to.
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Re: How do you get the daylight running bulbs out ??

Apologies for chipping in as I realise we should probably just kill this one dead now, but I too share some of the frustrations that Maxi does.
The short time I have been on this forum, there has been good sound advice from many people and indeed on one particular subject, I have read the advice, evaluated it and subsequently acted on it.

When it comes to carrying out certain 'basic' tasks though, such as changing lamps, changing a wheel etc, I think too many people dismiss their own abilities and are sometimes too afraid to challenge themselves. Agreed, most modern cars are very technical machines and require specialist knowledge, however some tasks such as the aforementioned, are relatively straightforward and simple and I believe can be tackled by just about anyone with a bit of planning and forethought. Over the years, I have saved myself a small fortune doing jobs which might otherwise have been left in hands of the local garage. I've collected a few basic tools along the way which has allowed me to change disc brakes and pads, wishbones, body panels etc etc. I am not an expert, I merely apply myself and I read the technical stuff before I try it out. Trust me though, I always think safety in advance and if there is something I know I can't do, I take it to someone who can.

This Forum is good, better than some I have been involved in. I think generally, people are mature enough not to take umbrage when someone has a difference of opinion.

Have a lovely day, I know I will.
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