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Old 06-22-2014, 05:32 PM
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Default Problem replacing Headlight bulb

I feel like a dork for asking this, but how do you remove the retaining ring to replace the headlight bulb? I have a 2001 Ram 2500 4x4 with a single bulb (9004 model).

I disconnected the wiring, the manual says to turn the retaining ring 1/4 turn counter clockwise, but it doesn't budge in any direction.

Is there a trick to this? It shouldn't be complicated.
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Yes, you turn it. But there's 13 years of yuck caked on and 13 years of heat that has basically loctited them together. I wouldn't take it off until you locate another ring locally that you can have access to just in case you break it.
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Thanks for the reply. That is what I thought and have not yet resorted to taking a sledge hammer to it. Not yet.
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May I suggest dynamite. Works much better, and quicker, than a sledge hammer.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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It will require some clean up, but use some PB Blaster on it, or if you or a friend is into guns, use some Kano Kroil Penetrating Oil

Don't even waste your time with Liquid Wrench or WD-40, they are only good for light weight jobs
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Will PB Blaster work on plastic?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I was wary of using solvents, due to the need to keep the bulb dry. I found a replacement ring at the NAPA store and decided that force was needed. The ring has dog ears on it and I was able to use a long screwdriver and a ball peen hammer to give it a firm tap. That did the trick. It broke free and worked just like the manual says. Now, I have a spare retainer ring in case the other one goes out.
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if you need a dispersant that cuts a cup in half, them pb blaster is it. (notice in front of can where it demostates how it cuts a cup up.)

now let me say, pb blaster is good and will break nuts loose but there is some things to watch out for. main thing is seals. it will eat a rubber seal up if you get it on the seal. that is a drawback of this product. it also will not lubricate for a longtime so you have to relube hinges if you use it.

we have tried it on a timken maching and found it would not lubricate much at all. like i said, if you need a product that goes though cups, then you have the right product.(like what is on front of can).

tried penetro, it will not go though cups like pb blaster. It will not affect seals either. It also leaves on oil film on bolts. You want to take off what you sprayed as it will come off if leave it on, as it will vibrate loose as my front end did and a nut did on a tree pulverizer machine.

never used sea foam so cant tell you about it. It sounds good. like I said, Pb blaster works good on bolts just dont get it on seals. sound like you dont want to get it on fabric either from what others say as well.
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I use Kroil, and have been very happy with it. Safety Note! Some of these penetrants can give-off toxic gas when heated with a torch. Some create "phosgene-gas". This was used during WWI. So be careful.
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