A few days ago, my headlight burned out. Ugh. I replaced them once before (I told you, I've had this car for a long, long time) so I figured, "no problem". I went to Advanced Auto, got the right bulb, and scooted home...again proud of myself for only spending $8.
I get home, pop open the hood, move the radiator overflow tank out of the way and get to work. First off, the cap/gasket-like ring is jammed. After a half hour, I get out the serious tools: screwdriver and hammer. That's right...it's wrecking time! Even after bloodying myself, the gasket won't budge. Ok, time to call in the big guns: Lockjaw Pliers! I locked on to the old socket and just started yanking. Yeehaww!
Finally, after some dreadful sounding cracking and breaking, the gasket moves and I get the old
bulb out. Seemingly, nothing is irreparably broken. I bust out the shiny replacement bulb...ugh...not fitting. (I even
At the end of my rope, the following day, I plead mercy with Advanced Auto, "...anything you can think of?" There's a pause on the other end, "Well, sir, I hate to insult your intelligence but perhaps are you attempting to replace the high beam instead of the low beam?" Crap. I'm an idiot. I sheepishly thank him for the advice--knowing for sure that's the issue.
On the way home, I buy a second low beam (don't want to do this again for a while) and a high beam bulb to replace the one I mistakenly murdered with the Lockjaws. Sure enough, the high beam bulb drops right into the hole. All told, it takes me 5 minutes (tops) to replace three bulbs.
Moral of the story: always make sure you're working with the right beam when replacing headlights!
Props to Advanced Auto...thanks for helping me through my bonehead move. BTW, I really like this store--only auto store I'll visit. They came out to the parking lot to test and replace my wife's car battery for her--no extra charge. Nice.