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UPDATE: completed:Map light bulb-How to remove

Trying to remove the overhead map light bulb.
I got the cover off but how the heck do you get the bulb out?


Is there a tool to get in there to pull it out?
Almost impossible to pull out even with my tiny fingers.


UPDATE: Got it done. Had no luck with trying to wrap a wire or zip tie.
No matter what I did to zip tie I could not get it tight enough to not slip off when pulling.


Ultimately I went for the pliers. It was a little risky. But with just a little bit of wiggling it came out with no problem.

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hmmm


keeps slipping out of the zip tie.
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keeps slipping out of the zip tie.
Wash zip tie with strong detergent to remove mold release?

Silicone RTV on zip tie, let it sit long enough for the RTV to cure? Fast-drying alternative: shellac.

Deeply scratch the zip tie interior with rough sandpaper?

Small rubber band wrapped near the end of the bulb, zip tie further inboard?

Use big chunky rubber band instead of zip tie?

Length of 3/8" ID plastic tubing, dipped in hot water to make it as pliable as possible, wait a few seconds for it to cool?

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Get same tape, wrap around the bulb and it'll easily pull out

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I ended it using a pliers..
Was just careful. Instead of pulling I just got a firm grip and wiggled.


I plan to do the vanity mirror bulbs today.


I'm debating if I will keep them in the front map lights.
They are almost to bright.
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I ended it using a pliers..
Was just careful. Instead of pulling I just got a firm grip and wiggled.

Did you try to used a rubber ended fuse removal tool ?

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use duct tape. apply end of tape to both sides of the bulb. Came right out

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I wrapped a pair of small needlenose pliers with electrical tape and pulled the bulb right out when I did mine.

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I ended it using a pliers..
Was just careful. Instead of pulling I just got a firm grip and wiggled.


I plan to do the vanity mirror bulbs today.


I'm debating if I will keep them in the front map lights.
They are almost to bright.
I couldn't get mine out either. So my buddy who is a body and fender man took them out for me in just a few seconds....same as you he wiggled it out with pliers
He says the secret is to wiggle back and forth.

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