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Replacing head/tail light bulbs.
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post May 24 2007 - 08:08 AM
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Hello, total newb here.

My first question:

Every time my mom burns a lamp on her 2005 Smart ForTwo Pure Cabrio (which is quite often, every other month or so) the local MB dealer charges her over 60$ to change it.

1-shouldn't the light bulbs be under warranty? They were on my 2003 Tiburon and my Wife's 2005 Elantra.
2-60$ to replace a 5$ bulb? dunno.gif

3-can I do it myself or is a special tool required?

Thanks in advance and thanks for welcoming me on your forum.
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mhawel
post May 24 2007 - 08:47 AM
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Even the dealer nearest me, that i don't like, will take you while you wait, and charges only a few bucks more than the bulb costs in Canadian tire. I think the bill was $26 for one. The first time i went to ask for just a bulb it was after my warranty was up, 80 500 km or so, and they didn't even charge me at all...

I do beleive it's up to the dealer wheather or not they will do the bulbs under warranty, and it's probably up to them what they charge as well... I'm sure the dealer near me has someone who can manage to get their arm in there, to avoid taking the whole front end off. The $60 for one bulb kinda makes sense in that it's one half hour labour, and the cost of the bulb (1 hr = $95 around here). To do both at the same time should save you money, cause the labour wouldn't go up any...

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post May 24 2007 - 09:02 AM
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Your mom is getting ripped off.

There was a recent smart announcement that headlight bulbs are to be replaced free under warranty during the 20,000km adjustment period. In fact, it may have been longer than that - I don't recall exactly.

If the car is past that... mileage... she is still being ripped off. A new bulb can cost around $17 and it takes 10 minutes to replace it yourself once you get the knack. So quickly, that most dealers will sell you a bulb and install it for free while you wait.

Additionally, if the bulbs are burning out every couple of months, it is a strong indication that the stealership mechanics are not installing them correctly - most likely touching the glass on the bulbs whilst putting them in.

Search the how-tos in here for illustrated instructions and do it for her, cuz!

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post May 24 2007 - 11:36 AM
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It's a DIY even for those with moderately large forearms (who are not averse to a little flesh compression). I have burnt out "only" two bulbs in 70,000 km and 30 months.


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post May 24 2007 - 12:59 PM
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I have gone through at least 10 now in 115 000 km of (admitedly hard) driving. This photo might help you with the tricky clip at the back of the bulb:



I'm so good/used to replacing bulbs I just do them in the Canadian Tire parking lot in < 2 minutes... but it's sad I have got that good at it!!

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post May 25 2007 - 07:32 AM
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Thanks for the prompt answers; So I take it that they're available at Canadian Tire. Are they in the directory they usually keep near the bulbs or are they a specific type?

Also the photo you show mr.Duck is taken from outside the car or inside? Basically, being a car with no hood, how does one access the rear of the lamp???

Thanks.
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post May 25 2007 - 08:20 AM
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To Change the headlights.

To change the taillights.

These are from Evilution's website from the UK. He has a great number of How-To's on his website. He also posts quite a bit on these fourms.


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I M SMRT
post May 25 2007 - 06:38 PM
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The low beam bulbs are H7

The high beam bulbs are H1

They are standard bulbs. I suggest buying the cheaper ones from CT or even the dealer.....before considering getting "good" bulbs. At least until you decide whether the burn outs are flukes from improper installations or if there is something else burning the bulbs so quickly. Make sure you dont touch the bulbs with bare hands...the oil from your skin will shorten the life.


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post May 26 2007 - 11:19 AM
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18 months, 40,000km and only one dead low beam light. I replaced both lights with the GE Night Hawks and they work great.


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