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#11 (permalink) Old 09-14-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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I've never actually changed it, only disconnected it when taking off the front. But just changing the bulb (Page 258 in the manual) looks pretty simple.

Ahh...THE MANUAL...who would have thunk? bviously, not me!
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Has anyone found out out to replace the door's turn signal bulb? Is that an easy task???
Strangely enough, not covered on the Evilution site but it is here: FQ101 : Taking Modification to the Next Level
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FQ101 : Taking Modification to the Next Level

wow! look at all these cool photos!





do I need to get surgical gloves for the replacement process?
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Don't be alarmed when you remove your bulb holder and only find two bulbs (the middle amber one will be missing). This is due to the different design of our DOT tail lamps versus the European versions.
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^ exactly...the 451 has a two-bulb tail light assembly. thanks again for the help on this one...
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BTW the exact replacement bulb is available at Wal-Mart.

Went to Walmart, and what do ya know? Both sets of lights were there (GE Standard series P21/5W for the rear tail/brake, P21W for the reverse light). The P21/5W were available at $2.48 a pair.
Yes, interestingly Walmart is the only store I've been able to locate clear W5W bulbs for the front marker lamps. Most retail auto parts stores seem to have stopped carrying the European bulbs such as P21W, P21/5W, and W5W.
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I found a replacement turn signal/brake light bulb at Kragen: the Sylvania 7528...same bulb as the 2008 Mercedes C-Class. The stock Phillips P21/5W converts directly to the Sylvania Long Life type...

Also interesting, the 451 smart bulb socket assembly does have three socket positions (as pictured above), but only the topmost and bottommost sockets are utilized. The center socket is empty.

Everything is working fine, and I learned all about smart tailights. Thanks everyone for the helpful input.
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The surgical gloves are not needed for the tail lamps but a good idea for the headlamps. The brighter bulbs will overheat if you get oil (from your skin) on them. It is best not to touch them with your bare hands.
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The surgical gloves are not needed for the tail lamps but a good idea for the headlamps. The brighter bulbs will overheat if you get oil (from your skin) on them. It is best not to touch them with your bare hands.

ah sooo...just like the audio vacuum tubes in my Fender Bassman guitar amplifier...those too develop "hot spots" due to fingerprints, and can wear prematurely...thanks for the tip...
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Sometimes my vacuum tubes get jammed with carpet fuzz.




Just sayin'.
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