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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: United Kingdom
Last October, a front sidelight bulb stopped working. No problem. Popped to Halfords, and swapped out the blown one with a new one. Simple slide in, twist, job jobbed.
Now, that bulb had blown again. No problem. Except there is. Do you think I can shift the bulb? I should be able to push it down and twist to release it; which I can. Except it won’t release because - somehow - while one of the bulb’s two ‘prongs’ lines up correctly with the exit/entrance groove on the light socket, the other prong no longer does.
This is baffling me. The bulb went in perfectly easily when I fitted it - no force was needed (and I’d have been worried at the time if any was); it simply slotted in just fine.
To remove it, my thoughts are - grind down the prong that’s not lining up with the groove on the socket. This has considerable potential for calamity, though.
The other thought is to wrap the bulb in a rag and shatter the glass, then get some pliers and gently squeeze in a bit the metal base of the bulb, thus taking away the tension from the prong that’s causing the problem, so it clears the groove it’s currently not slotting into. I’m not ruling that out from having considerable potential for calamity, either.
So... what would you do to fix this? And how do you think this has happened?
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Last edited by Scudetto; 06-07-19 at 18:32.