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Old 01-25-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Headlight bulb retainer fix

Thought this might help others. If you have had to change a headlight bulb and were able to do it with out breaking those little plastic nubs off that keep the wire bulb retainer aligned, you were lucky. They break off very easy and then do not hold the bulb properly. the dealers solution is to charge you $500. for a new headlamp assembly so there is a chance it will break again. The easy fix is cheap and permanent. Go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of aluminum step flashing which should cost about 25 cents or just cut a piece out of your local favorite brew can after appropriate draining. Cut a piece out about an inch long and just wide enough to fit in between the bulb retainer clip. Bend it in half and then punch or drill a hole through it for the screw.
Here is a pic of what your looking for



And a pic of it installed. Makes hooking and unhooking those clips an easy one handed operation.



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Old 01-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?
Even better A green solution.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?
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Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #6
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That's not beer, that's drain opener. Ugggghhhhh.
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Rolling Rock, duh.
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Rolling Rock, duh.
That's not beer, silly. That's water!
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That's not beer, silly. That's water!
That, sir, is what in Ohio we call "Canoe Sex" beer. ...It's F'n near water!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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That, sir, is what in Ohio we call "Canoe Sex" beer. ...It's F'n near water!
Never a fan of those boutique beers of which I consider RR to be one. And most of them have sold out to the big boys or foreigners (Anheuser-Busch...shame on you).
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If you're short on beer cans...(oh dread) ...these are 65 cents for 6!

Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!

Just get rid of the triangle steel wire and insert the clip!

 photo headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg

They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #13
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Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!

Just get rid of the triangle steel wire and insert the clip!



They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com
Exactly what I did!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #14
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Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!

Just get rid of the triangle steel wire and insert the clip!

 photo headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg

They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com
The hole is a little further away from the stock location. Does not look like the hooks will line up right to latch the clasp down.
Stock, the screw head is actually holding in the retainer wire. Also needs to line up to go around the bulb.



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Old 02-07-2013, 09:41 PM   #15
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The hole is a little further away from the stock location. Does not look like the hooks will line up right to latch the clasp down.
Stock, the screw head is actually holding in the retainer wire. Also needs to line up to go around the bulb.



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As a former brewery worker...far be it from me to suggest that a BEER CAN isn't the source of the correct solution.

Yet another reason to:
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