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major breakdown on the way to rally

I suppose I should have entered this in the contest for the worse breakdown, but, well, I thought it might be just a little over the top and kind of scary for newer riders.

Here’s what happened, on the way up to the Rally I noticed that my left directional light was flashing too quickly. Darn it to heck, I thought, that must mean a bulb is out.

Immediately I began to calculate how I would attack the problem. Did I have the proper tools to handle this myself? Where could I find a replacement bulb on a busy Friday? Would the delay add hours to my trip?

What if we’re stranded? I could feel small to medium sized beads of sweat forming on my brow as I contemplated these questions and pressed on warily despite the now compromised condition of my bike.

Each time I pressed the left directional button on my LT the same thing occurred, that devilish rapid blinking. Clearly this was not just an anomaly that would clear itself up because I just went over a railroad track, as I had hoped. No. I had to admit it.

The problem was real and like it or not I was going to have to deal with it, alone, on the road, in broad daylight with just my own wits and the few tools I carry with me. The harsh truth of the matter was staring me in the eyes and demanding action. Darn it to heck, I thought again, darn it to heck!

Fortunately, when we got to downtown Minneapolis I lucked out and located an open gas station even though it was close to noon time on a busy Friday. How lucky can a guy get?

Sometimes the gods ARE on your side. Whew, I thought, maybe, just maybe, they’ll have an 1157 replacement bulb. I pulled into the station and filled the LT with gas, postponing the possibility of disappointment as long as possible.

When the tank was full I laboriously pushed the LT to a parking place and walked into the store, my breath now coming in quick labored bursts as I approached the meager looking parts rack. Zowie, I thought, as I found the exact bulb I was looking for.

Can you believe the luck?? Here in Minneapolis I found the right bulb for my front directional lamp just like that on a Friday at noon. The problem was it came in a pack of two and I only needed one.

What to do? I asked the nice lady at the register if I could just tear the pack in half and take one bulb. She indicated that this was not an option after muttering something under her breath about a mole or a hole or something.

I couldn’t make it out. So, seeing that I was trapped in the typical capitalistic marketing rip off and at the mercy once again of simple pure corporate greed, I decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and cough up the $1.59 for the pack of two.

After all, I reasoned, if one bulb has just burned out, perhaps another one will follow suit and the second bulb might prove a godsend. I mean, what are the chances of finding another gas station open with the same bulb? Pretty slim I figured.

But having the correct bulb was, as you can imagine, just the first half of the sizable problem. I know had to find a way to remove the old bulb and install the new one.

And I was not at all sure, to be frank, that I had the owner’s manual with me, or, lacking that, the wrenching skills to attack this problem alone. I inquired of the nice lady at the register if there were a mechanic on duty, to which she responded in the negative after what I would consider a rather rude and prolonged stare.

I was beginning to reassess my original opinion of her. It seemed I had no choice now but to roll up my sleeves and tackle this knotty bit of bike repair myself. You can imagine how relieved I was to discover in my meager tool kit the correct Phillips screwdriver to remove the single screw that held the front directional lens so securely in place.

Whew, I thought, again, another bullet dodged! And I was further pleased to note that the screw turned rather easily so I did not need to employ the impact screwdriver I had brought along for just such an occasion.

Within a few minutes the lens was off and now I was faced with the not insignificant task of removing the bulb assembly (for want of a better word) from the lens itself. I don’t want to get too technical here, but believe me, that is a more challenging task than the uninitiated might think.

Fortunately, with a bit of elbow grease, as they say, and some solid determination on my part to solve this challenging problem, I was able to successfully remove the bulb from the lens. I AM good, I thought, wait ‘till I tell the folks at Aerostich about this!

Now all I had to do was to remove the bulb from the socket and replace it with one of the bulbs I had just purchased and, voila, I’m almost done. I was definitely on a roll now and with a minimum of fuss managed to figure which way to twist the defunct bulb to bring about its successful extraction. Don’t want to go into too much detail here, but counter clockwise seems to work just fine, at least on the left bulb, not sure if the right bulb would behave the same or even whether this rule applies equally to bikes in the southern hemisphere, given the whole toilet flushing thing, you know. Anyway, I digress.

Once the failed bulb was out of the socket I quickly deduced how to install the new bulb and without too much effort managed to successfully place the new functional bulb back into the lens. Gosh, I thought, am I lucky or what? I found the right bulb, I had the correct Phillips head screwdriver, I figured out how to remove the lens and then how to extract the bulb. Needless to say, my confidence was soaring as were my spirits as I rather easily reinstalled the lens and screwed the single screw into place, again without resorting to the impact screwdriver.

But this is not the end of the tail, No, not at all. Because on the way home the right front directional failed! Holy cow, I thought, am I lucky I didn’t insist on just buying one bulb. Well, I wont go through the whole story again, but let me just say, you remove the bulb from the socket on the right side of the bike in exactly the same manner as the bulb from the left side of the bike. Still don’t know about how it all works in the southern hemisphere, though. Guess that’s a tale for another time.

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Perhaps this should be in the humour forum??

Major breakdown...?? Sorry I don't get it...
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So, how did the bulb fluid look when you drained it?

I keep a spare bulb, packed up and ready to go with the appropriate screwdriver, and dielectric grease, at a safe deposit box at a local bank whenever I ride the LT more than 20 miles from home. My attorney has explicit directions to ship the bulb to me at my request, should I need it.

Any chance at getting the old bulb rebuilt so you can keep it for a spare? From what I hear, a lot of people suspect that the preload on the tungsten filament is set incorrectly from the factory, and this causes the premature failures.

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Major breakdown...?? Sorry I don't get it...
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Phew! Bullet dodged, but that was a close call!
Good thing it was the front bulbs that went bad. The rear are MUCH more difficult to replace!

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Greg !!! That ain't a MAJOR BREAK DOWN !!! It's a burned out bulb for gosh sake....... and not wanting to buy two? As John Stossel says, "Give me a Break"

and please, next time break that long paragraph down into several.:-) Dang hard to read!

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That was too funny. Can't believe you took all that time to post your experience.



As a side note. Isn't it amazing the quality control on light bulbs. Pairs very frequently fail within close proximity of each other. I've had many headlights do the same thing on autos.

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The cheapest part of owning a BMW is the owner (especially this dude)...
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Greg !!! That ain't a MAJOR BREAK DOWN !!! It's a burned out bulb for gosh sake....... and not wanting to buy two? As John Stossel says, "Give me a Break"

and please, next time break that long paragraph down into several.:-) Dang hard to read!
omg tell me it ain't really so...

Loved the piece, thank you. Regretably it doesn't belong in the humor section. I just sold my 03 LT with 50 k on it. It was a perfect bike, in every way. Never an issue, never a problem. Ran and runs marvi; tight and strong. There is a lot of fret on this forum and I think you captured the essence exactly.

Just think if they had a forum for marriage. Do you think anyone would ever get married?

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omg tell me it ain't really so...

Loved the piece, thank you. Regretably it doesn't belong in the humor section. I just sold my 03 LT with 50 k on it. It was a perfect bike, in every way. Never an issue, never a problem. Ran and runs marvi; tight and strong. There is a lot of fret on this forum and I think you captured the essence exactly.

Just think if they had a forum for marriage. Do you think anyone would ever get married?

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Greg, with that amount of luck I think you should go out and play the lotto.
Thanks for the smile.

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Phew! Bullet dodged, but that was a close call!
Good thing it was the front bulbs that went bad. The rear are MUCH more difficult to replace!
Believe me, I thank my lucky stars. If it had been a rear bulb might have had to use the impact screwdriver.

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So, how did the bulb fluid look when you drained it?

I keep a spare bulb, packed up and ready to go with the appropriate screwdriver, and dielectric grease, at a safe deposit box at a local bank whenever I ride the LT more than 20 miles from home. My attorney has explicit directions to ship the bulb to me at my request, should I need it.

Any chance at getting the old bulb rebuilt so you can keep it for a spare? From what I hear, a lot of people suspect that the preload on the tungsten filament is set incorrectly from the factory, and this causes the premature failures.
I had been checking the bulb fluid pretty regularly, you know, just as precaution. But when it starts to go, it goes fast. Know what I mean. Good idea about keeping spares at the local bank. I'll keep that in mind for future trips.

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Hey, Phil, I'm perfectly willing to drive to Chagrin Falls, OH for a free beer, especially now that my turn signals are working.

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Can you believe the luck?? Here in Minneapolis I found the right bulb for my front directional lamp just like that on a Friday at noon.
I'm stunned. Frankly, just stunned. Always insist in Genuine BMW Bulbs and have all work performed by an Authorized BMW Service Technician. I'm surprised your bike even starts now.
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Nice to know a few saw the humor here. Thanks.
Yeah I've noticed there are quite a few on here that don't get the sarcastic humor. And there is quite a bit of sarcastic humor on here too. I got the post and got a smile out of it as well.

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ARRRRRRGHHH!! You probably just voided your extended warranty!

Good humorous piece on pointing out how much whining goes on in the forum.

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Major breakdown...?? Sorry I don't get it...

Of course you don't get it because any sane person would have ditched the bike on the spot after finding out that the bulbs only came in a rip off two pack. I myself would have taken a Greyhound home in frustration. The crap that us BMW riders have to put up with is unnerving to say the least. By the way, the gas station bulb will probably lower your gas mileage, lead to early engine wear and void your warranty. As soon as you get home, you would be well advised to switch out that cheap bulb for one that has tons of secret research verifying its superior illumination.
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I personnaly dont believe it.........Having the right bulb and having the right tools and Noon Friday in MN.....It never would happen to me.....


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I suppose I should have entered this in the contest for the worse breakdown, but, well, I thought it might be just a little over the top and kind of scary for newer riders.

Here’s what happened, on the way up to the Rally I noticed that my left directional light was flashing too quickly. Darn it to heck, I thought, that must mean a bulb is out.

Immediately I began to calculate how I would attack the problem. Did I have the proper tools to handle this myself? Where could I find a replacement bulb on a busy Friday? Would the delay add hours to my trip?

What if we’re stranded? I could feel small to medium sized beads of sweat forming on my brow as I contemplated these questions and pressed on warily despite the now compromised condition of my bike.

Each time I pressed the left directional button on my LT the same thing occurred, that devilish rapid blinking. Clearly this was not just an anomaly that would clear itself up because I just went over a railroad track, as I had hoped. No. I had to admit it.

The problem was real and like it or not I was going to have to deal with it, alone, on the road, in broad daylight with just my own wits and the few tools I carry with me. The harsh truth of the matter was staring me in the eyes and demanding action. Darn it to heck, I thought again, darn it to heck!

Fortunately, when we got to downtown Minneapolis I lucked out and located an open gas station even though it was close to noon time on a busy Friday. How lucky can a guy get?

Sometimes the gods ARE on your side. Whew, I thought, maybe, just maybe, they’ll have an 1157 replacement bulb. I pulled into the station and filled the LT with gas, postponing the possibility of disappointment as long as possible.

When the tank was full I laboriously pushed the LT to a parking place and walked into the store, my breath now coming in quick labored bursts as I approached the meager looking parts rack. Zowie, I thought, as I found the exact bulb I was looking for.

Can you believe the luck?? Here in Minneapolis I found the right bulb for my front directional lamp just like that on a Friday at noon. The problem was it came in a pack of two and I only needed one.

What to do? I asked the nice lady at the register if I could just tear the pack in half and take one bulb. She indicated that this was not an option after muttering something under her breath about a mole or a hole or something.

I couldn’t make it out. So, seeing that I was trapped in the typical capitalistic marketing rip off and at the mercy once again of simple pure corporate greed, I decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and cough up the $1.59 for the pack of two.

After all, I reasoned, if one bulb has just burned out, perhaps another one will follow suit and the second bulb might prove a godsend. I mean, what are the chances of finding another gas station open with the same bulb? Pretty slim I figured.

But having the correct bulb was, as you can imagine, just the first half of the sizable problem. I know had to find a way to remove the old bulb and install the new one.

And I was not at all sure, to be frank, that I had the owner’s manual with me, or, lacking that, the wrenching skills to attack this problem alone. I inquired of the nice lady at the register if there were a mechanic on duty, to which she responded in the negative after what I would consider a rather rude and prolonged stare.

I was beginning to reassess my original opinion of her. It seemed I had no choice now but to roll up my sleeves and tackle this knotty bit of bike repair myself. You can imagine how relieved I was to discover in my meager tool kit the correct Phillips screwdriver to remove the single screw that held the front directional lens so securely in place.

Whew, I thought, again, another bullet dodged! And I was further pleased to note that the screw turned rather easily so I did not need to employ the impact screwdriver I had brought along for just such an occasion.

Within a few minutes the lens was off and now I was faced with the not insignificant task of removing the bulb assembly (for want of a better word) from the lens itself. I don’t want to get too technical here, but believe me, that is a more challenging task than the uninitiated might think.

Fortunately, with a bit of elbow grease, as they say, and some solid determination on my part to solve this challenging problem, I was able to successfully remove the bulb from the lens. I AM good, I thought, wait ‘till I tell the folks at Aerostich about this!

Now all I had to do was to remove the bulb from the socket and replace it with one of the bulbs I had just purchased and, voila, I’m almost done. I was definitely on a roll now and with a minimum of fuss managed to figure which way to twist the defunct bulb to bring about its successful extraction. Don’t want to go into too much detail here, but counter clockwise seems to work just fine, at least on the left bulb, not sure if the right bulb would behave the same or even whether this rule applies equally to bikes in the southern hemisphere, given the whole toilet flushing thing, you know. Anyway, I digress.

Once the failed bulb was out of the socket I quickly deduced how to install the new bulb and without too much effort managed to successfully place the new functional bulb back into the lens. Gosh, I thought, am I lucky or what? I found the right bulb, I had the correct Phillips head screwdriver, I figured out how to remove the lens and then how to extract the bulb. Needless to say, my confidence was soaring as were my spirits as I rather easily reinstalled the lens and screwed the single screw into place, again without resorting to the impact screwdriver.

But this is not the end of the tail, No, not at all. Because on the way home the right front directional failed! Holy cow, I thought, am I lucky I didn’t insist on just buying one bulb. Well, I wont go through the whole story again, but let me just say, you remove the bulb from the socket on the right side of the bike in exactly the same manner as the bulb from the left side of the bike. Still don’t know about how it all works in the southern hemisphere, though. Guess that’s a tale for another time.
I get it.. I had the very same break down, BUT new bulb didn't fix it?????? Finally after much research I discovered that the left signal light in the rear had a corroded terminal, success a little sand paper and some Vaseline.. repair completed

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You never said, but it sounds like you did all that and weren't missing any parts or have any left over. That truely IS amazing! Great job! I know who I'm calling for help when my bulb fluid runs out. (if you had posted pics, I might not have to call you)


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Greg,

My 2 year old grandson and I are nursing ourselves back to health after a freak accident on the boat burned us; he much more severe than I. It was good to read your account and I, for one, got a good chuckle out of it. If for no other reason, your post was good for me; a godsend as it were.

As my mother is fond of saying, "Some people wouldn't be happy if you kicked their rear ends with a new pair of shoes". Sure enough, some don't have even a remote sense of humor. Pay no attention to them. They only glean happiness from other's pure misery. I can tell you're not that way, and I can't wait to hear the next exciting episode. Perhaps we'll hit a bonanza and you'll break a shift linkage or something equally life threatening. And I shudder to ask, how long's it been since you checked the air in your tires? I'd be the first to sign up for the video series on that task. Especially since I don't have the 90 degree valve stems on either of my bikes.

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Especially since I don't have the 90 degree valve stems on either of my bikes.

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And a damn good thing for you too! You can't use those things on your bike! They will induce harmonic distortion accompanied by a rapid intermittent osscilation with induced gyroscopic rotational balance irregularities that will lead to failure of the final drive.
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And I shudder to ask, how long's it been since you checked the air in your tires?
Don't start that one again. It will end up in a discussion about how tYres is the correct spelling and the merits of summer air v winter air.

Also I am going to sue BMW for negligence....

When I had an MOT* test, they told me I didn't have enough air in the tyres for safety. That means they didn't fill them properly, so it must be worth a call to ambulancechasers R us?


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I just had leg surgery and wont be riding for 6 weeks. I was lying here feeling sorry for myself and then read your post. I thought wow! That could have been me!! Aleast I know that for the next several weeks I wont have any bulb major break downs. I hope you dont mind though, that I printed out your post just in case it happens to me down the road one day. Im scared I might not remember which way to turn those darned bulbs!! Surgery doesnt seem so bad now.
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Make sure you register this incident with the NHTSB. I'm sure that a DOUBLE bulb failure was in someway caused by the FD and they need to be informed. Glad you're made to the rally safely.

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Lucky you found those. If not, someone on the board could've express-shipped one to you - to unstrand you, see.
Why, but why, is BMW pretending that these bulbs are not a recall issue???
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My 2 year old grandson and I are nursing ourselves back to health after a freak accident on the boat burned us; he much more severe than I. It was good to read your account and I, for one, got a good chuckle out of it. If for no other reason, your post was good for me; a godsend as it were.

As my mother is fond of saying, "Some people wouldn't be happy if you kicked their rear ends with a new pair of shoes". Sure enough, some don't have even a remote sense of humor. Pay no attention to them. They only glean happiness from other's pure misery. I can tell you're not that way, and I can't wait to hear the next exciting episode. Perhaps we'll hit a bonanza and you'll break a shift linkage or something equally life threatening. And I shudder to ask, how long's it been since you checked the air in your tires? I'd be the first to sign up for the video series on that task. Especially since I don't have the 90 degree valve stems on either of my bikes.

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Wait a minute. There's air in my tires??? Well, now I have a whole new issue to worry about.

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What a hoot. The replies are far funnier than my original post. Thanks.
And for those that expressed concern, be not afraid, I will be replacing the replacement bulbs with genuine BMW parts as soon as I can. don't want to void my warranty or take a chance they might corrupt the electrical system. I did notice a bit less low end acceleration with the new bulbs and I'm pretty sure my windshield was getting dirty faster.

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What I want to know is how many blinks per bulb you got or maybe that's miles per lumen?

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Am I the only one here who thinks that we need to start tracking these failures? Bulb failure registry?

I guess now this makes you a "X Percenter". We just need to figure out what X is.

I'm told the Gold Wings don't have these bulb problems.

Please tell me you're drilling the "hole mod" on the new bulbs. I'd hate to see this happen to you again.

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How long is this offer good for?

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Am I the only one here who thinks that we need to start tracking these failures? Bulb failure registry?

I guess now this makes you a "X Percenter". We just need to figure out what X is.

I'm told the Gold Wings don't have these bulb problems.

Please tell me you're drilling the "hole mod" on the new bulbs. I'd hate to see this happen to you again.
I suspect I am just the tip of the ice berg. There are probably a lot of other bulb failure victims out there that have been afraid to come forward. I hope we've broken the ice with this and we can move forward into a new day where bulb failure can be reported without fear of reprisals, God willing.

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I'm kinda fond of the yellow ones, but I hear they've stopped producing that color, so...I don't know, I kinda like fuscia, but there are shades of aquamarine that appeal to me, too.

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Words can't describe how grateful Mrs. hschisler and I are that you made it safely off the road after this potentially catastrophic failure. These types of problems really are the worst: with no advance warning of any kind, who's to say what the outcome could have been. At next Mass, I'm lighting a candle for you, just to show my gratitude to St. Lumen (patron saint of vehicular illumination).

I'm surprised no one mentioned using the BMW MOA Anonymous book. It's a great resource should you ever encounter this issue again. This major repair is one of two things that I have personally done to my LT. Next to a tank bag installation it's got to be the toughest thing on this bike of ours.

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If you were not using BMW-branded blinker fluid, there's a solid chance that they'll deny the warranty claim.

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I get it.. I had the very same break down, BUT new bulb didn't fix it?????? Finally after much research I discovered that the left signal light in the rear had a corroded terminal, success a little sand paper and some Vaseline.. repair completed


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So, how did the bulb fluid look when you drained it?
Yeah, and I would hate to turn this into an oil thread, but what is the best bulb oil to use anyway?

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Now THAT is funny. If I were closer I would have to buy the beers.

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Now, if you were smart you would have used a LED replacement bulb as they will last longer than the motorcycle!

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Whoa.. talk about dodging the bullet.. I'll offer ya $50 to take that worn out junker off your hands!

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It is a great feeling when you can tackle such a major repair, on the road, alone. I accomplished a similar feat, only under more adverse conditions: 11:30pm, Saturday night, in motel parking lot, nestled between a Concourse and Goldwing on one side, and two Harleys on their trailer to the other side; I attempted to replace my failed low beam headlight bulb! The other riders were telling me "There's no way you can fix that! Hope you have AAA! That's a dealer-only repair!".

Wielding only the small flashlight from the oddments box, I rolled up my sleeve and stuck my hand up inside the nose of my LT. They gasped as they heard the click of the retaining clip, that I was able to wrestle off its seat with my bare hand! Then I pulled out my arm, grasping the rear cover from the light assembly. "That's gonna be expensive to replace what you just broke off!" Another reach inside, with my ungloved hand, and three seconds later pull out an H7 bulb. My audience stared with amazement, their jaws dropped as if I had parted the waters of the Mississippi river.

When the new bulb was in place, I cautiously turned the ignition key to the "on" position--let there be LIGHT! My audience cheered! One of them then reached into the cooler that was strapped to their trailer, pulled out an ice cold brown bottle, handed it to me saying "You da man!!"

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WOW!! What a great repair write up. I think we should have the Mods tack the thread.

At least put it in the Technical Forum :-).
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"Gay"? Really? Are you 12? sheesh...

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