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Please pardon my ignorance, and I know some people actually prefer to have the little bulbs off, but I am kind of new to this car and want/like the stock look. So, I took the battery cover off, took the air tube out, took the neck of the windshield tank out, took the fuse box out of the way by way of sliding it up and to the side. Took the boot off, took the bright light bulb out. Tried pulling the wires for the lil' sucka called dead parking light. No such luck: its stuck.

MY Question: Do i really have to take the entire headlight assy out to be able to replace a stupid parking light bulb???

C'mon SAAB, you can do so much better than this crap! How much of the car do I have to disassemble to replace a burnt lightbulb? Whoever decided upon such a "design" has to be beaten with a huge huge wooden stick! The time it took me to do all this and to fail would have been sufficient to take the entire front end of my 99' 9-3 completely apart and then put it back together again. Sad, and i used to think my Discovery Series II took the cake in terms of positioning important components in impossible to reach spaces, I was wrong.

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Please pardon my ignorance, and I know some people actually prefer to have the little bulbs off, but I am kind of new to this car and want/like the stock look. So, I took the battery cover off, took the air tube out, took the neck of the windshield tank out, took the fuse box out of the way by way of sliding it up and to the side. Took the boot off, took the bright light bulb out. Tried pulling the wires for the lil' sucka called dead parking light. No such luck: its stuck.

MY Question: Do i really have to take the entire headlight assy out to be able to replace a stupid parking light bulb???

C'mon SAAB, you can do so much better than this crap! How much of the car do I have to disassemble to replace a burnt lightbulb? Whoever decided upon such a "design" has to be beaten with a huge huge wooden stick! The time it took me to do all this and to fail would have been sufficient to take the entire front end of my 99' 9-3 completely apart and then put it back together again. Sad, and i used to think my Discovery Series II took the cake in terms of positioning important components in impossible to reach spaces, I was wrong.
Like the headlight bulbs, I think you have to rotate the city light bulb before removing it. I believe this is the case, however, I'm not entirely. sure.
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We're talking about the small driving lights right? Pull. It will feel like you're going to pull the wires out of the socket really. The drivers side sucks to get to but you can just barely get a hand in there to pull on the wires. If you cant, just pull the front bumper and remove the headlight. I find that easier than removing everything you removed. Takes me less than 1 minute to remove my front bumper now.
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like mentioned, just PULL HARD on the wires. if you're able to at all give it a little wiggle and it should pop no problem. yes it's stupid, but once you do it, you shouldnt have a problem doing it time and time again.
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Yeah, make sure you're pulling the right wire, and yank it out. There's actually kind of a rubber brace of sorts on the wires where you can grab.
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Thank you all! I will def. try that again (bummer with removing all 133 things again). I felt that extra rubber layer on the wires close to the socket, but my meathook hands are not suitable for such a small space. I finally gave up as pulling the wires with such a force just felt like vandalism to me: I just thought to myself, why am I hurting my new car? So I gave up.

Why did they NOT make the round opening, say, square, and larger, larger? Because a larger rubber boot would cost more fractions of a cent to GM? Whoever is the ******* that OK'd this design, I want to drag him out of his office, preferably in freezing cold, rain, snow and sleet, and dark, and watch him do the burnt bulb (5w) replacement procedure, time and time again. b-a-s-t-a-r-d!

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yeah i had this problem too and I just gave up.
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I think I saw a You Tube video showing the bulb removal with some needle-nose vise grips. With those you apparently reach in a grab it or at least the wires very close to the bulb base.
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I notice on the older cars such as in the you tube video that the lighthing fixture configuration is slightly different than newer models and easier to access.

some older models even have this parking light in a separate housing but not on new models like my 06.

The newer models make it a real pain to change.

Maybe one day when its not raining here in NY I'll attempt again, this time with needle nose and I'll try this time to turn it out.
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