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Running light bulb replacement
« on: June 15, 2011, 12:40:09 pm »
Does anyone have a neat trick for reaching the lense cover on the overhead running lights to replace a burned-out bulb short of building a scaffolding?  I thought about laying on my stomach and stretching down to it from the roof, but I'm afraid I'd slide off onto the hood of the vehicle.  I'm sure there has to be an easier way to accomplish this than I have thought of.  Of course I could always take it to a shop and maybe that's the simplest solution. 

I'm sure one of you has solved this problem already and is eager to share. 

Thanks, Glenn
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 02:33:21 pm »
A ladder on each side with a 2 X 12 walk-board in-between across the same height steps, maybe, just a thought.

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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 04:53:56 pm »
Is there someone that could hold your legs while you lay on the roof?

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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011, 05:46:35 pm »
I'm right at 200 pounds,  :'(   I can stand on the front at the windshield and the gray louvers. Socks only! The first time I waxed the rig I made the mistake of doing the top of the overhang, now I can you I thought I was going to go down from there, the only thing that wanted to go down was me. It's scary getten old.
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 12:41:55 am »
I'm pretty much on my own so the idea of someone holding my feet while I lay on the roof is out and that's the same reason I have hesitated to try laying a board across two ladders as I'd likely drop it on the hood trying to get it in position. 

I do weigh less than 200 pounds so maybe I can stand on the louvers just below the windshield.  Has anyone else done that? 

Thanks for the ideas.  All are appreciated.
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011, 08:24:00 am »
Your request prompted me to see if I could reach all my lights. I can using a 6 ft stepladder on my 2350 Sprinter-based PC. I had to try several positions for the ladder next to the chassis.
The center light over the windshield is a bit of a stretch (I'm 6 ft 3 in and 67). If you can reach the fixtures, the lens snaps off then you can pull the bayonet bulb out of its socket (it may be a #194). You may want to replace the bulbs with LEDs to avoid future replacements.
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2011, 08:26:24 am »
How about a grandkid that could do that for you>???


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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2011, 10:16:06 am »
I do not stand on the gray louvers, I try to where the windshield meets the louvers. It works for me, the light weight grand kid sounds good. If he falls you could catch him, just remember he will heal quicker then you.    roflol roflol roflol just kid-ing
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2011, 12:46:32 pm »
Thanks for lots of good ideas everyone.  I've decided to try setting up the two ladders with the board across them and THEN pulling the PC up under that scaffolding setup to avoid dropping the 2 X 12 on the hood.  Once finished changing the bulb I can back the PC out and take down the board and ladders. 

Wish me luck!
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2011, 08:55:47 pm »
now there you go thinking again!!!
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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2011, 09:34:52 pm »
While you're up there, why don't you wax it, too?

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Re: Running light bulb replacement
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2011, 07:02:32 pm »
Well, for the last several days that running light that was "out" has been lighting up on demand.  I'm hesitant to go to all the trouble of setting up that scaffolding now to check it and I've found that I can actually reach the plastic lense cover with ONE hand by standing inside the open cab door, but I can't figure how the lense cover is removed.  Were I able to use two hands I'd probably discover that, but can anyone tell me just where to press and to pull in case I can remove it with one hand?  I've read that those covers sometimes don't want to stay on once removed.  Has anyone had that experience? 

And I thought I had solved this problem...Still, were all my problems as simple as this one I'd be quite happy.   :-D
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