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I wanted to change the mini parking light bulbs to led. According to the owners manual, to remove that bulb you need to grab the connector from behind, and rotate it outwards. I have tried to do this and I can't get to turn or come out. The passenger side turned instantly without force and i was able to replace that one. There is VERY minimal room to maneuver you hand in the tight compartment, so I dont think I can get any kind of pliers to help out. Has anyone else had issues trying to change out this little bulb????
 

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I have! The driver's side is a PITA. I've cut my hand trying to get that silly thing off. It takes someone with relatively small hands to get there. I'd say try turning it with your right hand or putting some rubber gloves on your hands for extra grip.
 

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I have! The driver's side is a PITA. I've cut my hand trying to get that silly thing off. It takes someone with relatively small hands to get there. I'd say try turning it with your right hand or putting some rubber gloves on your hands for extra grip.
i tried the hardest i can and i have skinny fingers still no go so im thinking i might have to remove the headlight :(
 

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If you live local to Chicago or Milwaukee, I can come by and crank the little thing open. :)
 

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I ended up pulling the front end on a car to get to the bulb on a smart. i also was replacing the front flap latches so it was being done anyhow. I added some silicone grease to make it easier next time
 

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haha really how so? are u saying im weak? lol
Not at all! I've just taken my own out so many times that I no longer mind the many cuts I sometimes get to extract the sucker out. It's even worse when it's cold out because the plastic contracts. My parking lights are LED.

Edit: Actually smark's idea is much better. Alternatively, in absence of a hair dryer, turn the high beams on for 10 minutes or so?
 

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Yeah, no way I can get my big hands back there for the parking lights. i can just barely get back there for the headlight bulbs!
 

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Smartchicago32, before tearing apart lamps, and removing bumpers. Take a hair dryer to it. While Wiggle the socket up a little. 2 to 1, its fused to the headlamp assembly. It been on it for close to 10 years.

https://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2009_Smart_Fortwo_Passion_Cabrio_1.0L_3_Cyl./lights/parking_light
Yea im thinking its the temps its 30s and below out here in Chicago but thing is the passenger side turned without any force it just sucks i really wanna get these leds in.
 

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Not at all! I've just taken my own out so many times that I no longer mind the many cuts I sometimes get to extract the sucker out. It's even worse when it's cold out because the plastic contracts. My parking lights are LED.

Edit: Actually smark's idea is much better. Alternatively, in absence of a hair dryer, turn the high beams on for 10 minutes or so?
yea its 30s and below out here cause its winter time. Miss im having a trans issue as well like sometimes when i turn the car off and go to turn it back on and put it in reverse or drive it wont engage and it wont show in the display r or d when im in those gears and sometimes the car wont even start. Im thinking it needs that software update to fix that issue or should i try disconnecting the battery for 30min to see if that would fix everything?
 

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Chicago is hard to a smart!! Mine misfires when it’s under 30 degrees. I used to also slip around in the snow too until I upgraded the tyres for my off-road project.

I’d first try disconnecting the battery. A dealership may try to make you pay for the software update.

This site does have a Facebook page, but not much traffic. Try this Facebook group:

https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=953834684709742&ref=content_filter
 
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