Easiest way to change a head light bulb - Dakota Durango Forum
Lights Parts Info Links : Clear Corners * Headlights * Headlight Covers * Tail Lights * Tail Light Covers

 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 04-01-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
SMielke
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport
Modifications: Straight Piped
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Easiest way to change a head light bulb

I just spent the last hour changing my driver side bulb. I reached by the battery and done it that way, is there and easier way?



Reg Cab 4x4 4.7 v8 with straight pipes Auto.
SMielke is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 04-01-2011, 11:51 PM
SinCity R/T
That's my stapler.


 
SinCity R/T's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Vehicle: 2003 408ci Dakota R/T
Posts: 12,186
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
Garage
Send a message via AIM to SinCity R/T
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMielke View Post
I just spent the last hour changing my driver side bulb. I reached by the battery and done it that way, is there and easier way?
My hands are too big to reach in through the openings in the back - found it easier (although not necessarily less time consuming) to swap the bulb from the front - remove the torx screw so you can slide out the corner lens, etc.

SinCity R/T
2003 White Club Cab R/T


SinCity R/T is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
SMielke
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport
Modifications: Straight Piped
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
I tried doing that way but I didn't have the right size tork wrench so I squeezed my hand back there to change it. I need to pick up some more. Do you know what size it is, I tried 10 and 15 the 10 was too small and the 15 was too big.



Reg Cab 4x4 4.7 v8 with straight pipes Auto.
SMielke is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 02:23 AM
DakotaLivLrg
Swap Meet Moderator


 
DakotaLivLrg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Tempe, AZ
Vehicle: 1999 Dakota R/T
Modifications: My truck
Posts: 74,407
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
Send a message via AIM to DakotaLivLrg Send a message via MSN to DakotaLivLrg
Quote:
Originally Posted by SinCity R/T View Post
My hands are too big to reach in through the openings in the back - found it easier (although not necessarily less time consuming) to swap the bulb from the front - remove the torx screw so you can slide out the corner lens, etc.
yeah this ^^^

I have large hands and too much crap in the way like my viper fan controler and MSD igntion on the driver side ..haha

and sorry I don't know what size the torx is .. its really small for the coner and then it should be bolts for the headlight

Scott aka DJ Six 4...SSRage for life. The original Dak-Dur postwhore thread....Dog #38 - Pinky Dog

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nolan View Post
ps If you are a Royal Purple user, you really need to use the matching Violet scented compressed air in your tires for maximum fuel mileage!
DakotaLivLrg is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 02:26 AM
emjohn4
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: USA
Vehicle: '02 Dak 3.9 / '02 Dur 4.7
Posts: 1,234
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
The torx is a T10 on both my trucks.
emjohn4 is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 02:28 AM
Josh_101
Registered User
 
Josh_101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Elizabeth City N.C.
Vehicle: 04 Dakota QC 4x4 SLT
Posts: 1,499
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
There's three bolts holding the whole headlight assembly to the truck that shouldn't be hard at all to get to. My small hands can easily get to the bottom-middle bolt from under the truck. A small ratchet with a small extension and a 10mm socket easily gets to the front ones. I just replaced my headlight bulbs yesterday and it wasen't hard to do.

2013 Mustang 3.7 v6. Stock for now.

2004 Dakota CQ 4x4 4.7 *SOLD*
Josh_101 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 03:09 AM
suprchgd99rango
Pre-Teen Giggle Brigade
 
suprchgd99rango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Venice Florida
Vehicle: 99 dakota r/t
Posts: 6,840
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
Send a message via AIM to suprchgd99rango
i have fat hands and can change a bulb no problem.......

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hustlajustin View Post
Dont put the Pussy on a Pedestal! J/K it is the best, now that I think about it, its like a snuggie for my penis


suprchgd99rango is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 04-02-2011, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
SMielke
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport
Modifications: Straight Piped
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
I'll get pics tomorrow of it but the entire housing is torxs and the one between the light is bigger then a T10. I eventually want to change the entire thing anyway I want the Eagle Eye ones off of ebay.



Reg Cab 4x4 4.7 v8 with straight pipes Auto.
SMielke is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 08:07 PM
acr242004
Registered User
 
acr242004's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bumpass, VA
Vehicle: 04 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
Posts: 149
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
remove the torx screw holding the turn signals in it should be a T10 then pull turn signals forward to remove


After turn signals are removed you will see three 10mm bolts holding the headlight in remove them and pull firmly to remove headlights


the whole thing takes 30 min or less to change all the lights on the front end

acr242004 is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 06-18-2011, 05:18 AM
Warrior
Mopar n00b
 
Warrior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: So Cal
Vehicle: 2000 Durango 4X2
Modifications: Absolutely none (yet)
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Rep to acr242004 for your post...thanks for the write up, it helped me get the new Silver Star bulbs in.
Warrior is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 06-20-2011, 01:18 PM
70Cuda383
Don't be "That Guy"

 
70Cuda383's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Marysville O - H - I - O
Vehicle: 98 Dakota Clubcab 7.2L
Posts: 7,391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
I used to reach in through the fender. fuck that. reaching into a blind hole, trying to line up the tabs so the light fits in just right, then getting hte lock ring to line up and twist into place...while being a contortionist...it took me probably 30 minutes to change 2 head lights, just because I was fighting everything.

I just finished some paint work where i pulled the front lights off. I'm doing my headlights that way from now on. I think I cut my time in half! torx screw for the corner lights, 3 10mm bolts for the head light, and I had it off in about 3 minutes. swap the lights out while good visibility, great access, and not worry about smashing that expensive halogen lamp against something or touching it and getting oils on it, etc. then put it all back together.

so much easier, and because of how it's built/designed, you don't mess with the headlight aim at all when you remove it.
70Cuda383 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Dakota Durango Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:


Forum Jump

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome