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Old 05-01-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Replacing RS HID Bulb (Embarrassing)

Edit: Problem fixed, (was just jammed shut)
will leave this thread for search, changed it a little:
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(Scroll down on how to remove bulb :P)

So I had a previous post regarding my HID for my RS headlight turning PINK, and today it went out (as expected). If your RS HID headlights turn pink, don't panic. They start shifting color when they are about to burn out, they become more purple/pink/blue. The reason HID headlights might do this on a 2010 car is due to their heavy abuse, if you want your HIDs to last longer, turning them on/off consequently burns them out faster due to the constant temperature jumps. Mine lasted 2 years, I just played with them way too much the past few months.




So I wanted to replace my bulb, and it seems pretty straightforward, like any other car (except it's HID).

And if you're able to put your hand in, you don't have to take the bumper or anything off (obviously, like another car)
which I was able to do. All you have to do is


1. Unlock the cap (twist off and remove)
2. Reach in, find and unplug the wire.
3. Twist a little "lock" for the bulb, and remove the bulb.

Warning:
1. Do not touch the HID bulbs at all cost, oils and residue from your hands could make the bulb burn out when it is on.
2. Make sure the bulbs twists correctly in place or they might melt something inside from the heat/touching something.

2SSRS was kind enough to upload this video for another member.



My question:

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But I seem to have a problem, I opened the cap, unplugged the wire, but the little "ring" that is supposed to twist a little won't budge, and I'm afraid of breaking it. It won't twist or move what so ever. I know I'm not supposed to just yank the bulb out. Also, are they automatically aligned if put on correctly?


Any suggestions?
Bonus Question: Should I replace both bulbs since the other working HID is bound to break soon, and probably faded? (in "whiteness") If so, how do I get around the washing fluid housing? I would take it to the dealer but It's not only embarrassing, but our dealer is notorious for ripping people off, and seeing how young I am they're bound to spontaneously show "problems"
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #2
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Hi yes there are 3 small flat square aligning pins in there, are you pushing down on the ring ? You dont want to push down, only twist the ring, its hard to get it to come out the first time but will come out, and its counter clock wise turn to remove the bulb.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Thank you, 2SSRS. Problem fixed! /

For Anyone who finds this thread through search
sorry I type too much:


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As 2SSRS said, it is very stiff and hard to get it out the first time.
I managed to replace both with aftermarket 4600k lights, they don't look "white" enough for me but I suppose they provide maximum visibilty.

What happened with me:
I bought two aftermarket HID bulbs, I opened the cap, removed the plug, and tried to pull out the bulb but couldn't twist the ring.

I had an appointment for the dealership for a separate issue today and asked them about it, and mentioned it was stuck, they told me I should setup a separate appointment, I told them I'm not a little kid here that doesn't know what he's doing and (I was slightly offended) I just need a stronger arm for 5 minutes. So one of the younger men came to help me and managed to budge it open. We plugged in the new HID but it didn't work, I was frustrated so I left the dealership with my car.

When I got home I manged to open up both, removed both stock bulbs and switched them to see if it's not a bulb issue, and yup, sure enough its just a bulb, it worked on the other side.

So I got the other new bulb that I didn't try at the dealership and sure enough it works.

So I thought the other bulb I tried at the dealership was the problem, turns out, when the guy at the dealership tried to budge it in he twisted one of the "sticks" in the middle of the wire's socket and told me I had to get a GM part bulb because the one I had wasn't compatible...I didn't believe that but just smiled nicely.

Now both headlights work. It's just the 4600k was not as white as I had hoped, it looks somewhat mismatched with the halos
(but only if you look closely)
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:44 PM   #4
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Good job.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #5
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I attempted to change my RS hid to 8000k but I failed at unplugging the original hid. Does anyone know how to unplug the wired to the bulb?
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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It just pulls out.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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I tried wiggling it down and got nowhere. There is no clip is there. I got a 2012 2lt rs
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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Just letting everyone know I got my 8,000k lights in. I don't know if Chevy changed the clip on the 2012 because it was awful. Here my 2 cents: removing the actual bulb is easy. Do not turn the light turn the circular thing in front of it. Then you have more access to unplug it. Then grab a flathead screw driver and pry all around it until it finally pulls off. The first headlight took me 1 hour and the second took my 5 minutes flat.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #9
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you don't need to pry anything. You turn the black locking mechanism (which is infront of the bulb) a quarter turn to the left, that unlocks the bulb. You can then pop the bulb out without any need for prying.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:40 PM   #10
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Yea the locking mechanism wasn't the problem. The plug to the bulb needed to be pryed off. In my 2012 the plug had 4 clips and needed to be pryed or wedged with a flat head screwdriver. There was no other way. I just did it so you can't tell me I'm wrong. And plus if you have normal sized hands you have so little leverage.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #11
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I'm not saying your wrong. I have removed the bulbs from my 2011 with my hands just fine. So for me I'm not seeing why you needed the screwdriver. It could also be that they changed something for the 2012s. That or I just have tiny hands.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:41 PM   #12
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On my 2012 RS headlight it was almost impossible to get the wires off, even after I payed with a flat head it was terrible. They must have changed something to this
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:07 PM   #13
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On my 2012 RS headlight it was almost impossible to get the wires off, even after I payed with a flat head it was terrible. They must have changed something to this
no all 2010-2013 lights are the same
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:30 PM   #14
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Can we get any HID bulb to replace the OEM bulbs? I understand the tempature ratings and the color they will display. I just dont want to spend $500 at the dealership replacing the bulbs lol.
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