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Old 05-29-2004, 20:53   #1 (permalink)
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Righto - I really have pity for a Ford Apprentice mechanic. Why?

I just had the unfortunate experience of doing a simple service. Replacing a drivers side low/high light globe. Reading the 7 - 8 steps in the service manual i figure this would be easy. Nup. Ended up having to remove the battery to get in there to replace it. I don't have big hands or big wrists - however it was impossible for me to even remove the cable that apply power to the globes.

Ford get a clue - this should be a 2 minute job. Removing/installing the battery just makes this difficult. Looking at the passenger side the airbox is in the way - that looks more difficult to move.

Too hard guys.
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Old 05-29-2004, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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and this is for the AU? i did both my globes in about 10 minutes when i changed them to the brighter globes.
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i can do 'em in less than 2 mins a side... It's a pisser when the battery is hot, but other than that its practise i guess..I don't even need to look, the spring loaded clamp pops off like a ladies bra strap :)

I don't unplug the bulbs until i have the bulb out of the headlight and clear of the battery or airbox though.. that way you can squeeze the plug off easier, maybe the manual does it the ass about way...
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and this is for the AU? i did both my globes in about 10 minutes when i changed them to the brighter globes.

BA - I used to have an AU and it was easy as with those.
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i can do 'em in less than 2 mins a side... It's a pisser when the battery is hot, but other than that its practise i guess..I don't even need to look, the spring loaded clamp pops off like a ladies bra strap :)

I don't unplug the bulbs until i have the bulb out of the headlight and clear of the battery or airbox though.. that way you can squeeze the plug off easier, maybe the manual does it the ass about way...

And this is with a BA?
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You should try it in the ED/F/L xr's Ian, they are not fun.
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i can do 'em in less than 2 mins a side... It's a pisser when the battery is hot, but other than that its practise i guess..I don't even need to look, the spring loaded clamp pops off like a ladies bra strap :)
You fumble around in the dark with it in eagerness to get your hands on what's underneath?
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hahaha, and if its hot,you get burned, and there is a few sharp edges in there aswell.
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I also cannot see how to change globes in a BA without battery removal. The Commodores have been like that for a long time now.
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I am interested to go have a look at a BA now, i just cant beleive they have made it so tight.
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