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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Running Lights in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; One of my running light's has gone out. I have discovered in order to replace it I will have to ...
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    Brian10956 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Running Lights

    One of my running light's has gone out. I have discovered in order to replace it I will have to remove the front bumper. Since I don't want to do it too often I am also going to replace the other diving light.
    My car is a 2009 CTS with around 40,000 miles.
    My question is are there any other bulbs that I should replace since I'll be in an easier position to do so with the bumper off.

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    I would just replace them all while they were accessible. Other than HIDs, bulbs are cheap.

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    Re: Running Lights

    I think the headlights are hid I'm need to check if any other bulbs are also.

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    Re: Running Lights

    Is that the same as DRL's? If so replace with led's. I got mine on ebay for about $50 and is very bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian10956
    I think the headlights are hid I'm need to check if any other bulbs are also.
    None of the other bulbs are HID.

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    Re: Running Lights

    Mine also went out, but it was not the bulb, it was oxidized bulb connector inside the housing.
    Don't worry about the bumper removal. It takes 15 minutes. You don't even need to take it off completely, just the top side and the fender well mounts to get access to the headlight bolts.

    Another thing is that none of the other "bulbs" don't seem to be replaceable (parking and blinker LEDs), without splitting the housing in half, which again is not exactly easy.

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    Re: Running Lights

    I found the process to replace the DLR for a 2008 CTS sedan (with Xenon headlight) somewhere on this forum, and started doing it. As far as I could tell when I started to perform the bumper removal, it got pretty involved and required removing trim parts that seemed to be to be easily broken == and likely expensive to replace if broken. So I stopped, put it all back together, and went to my dealer. I'm pretty handy with these types of things, but this didn't seem like a low-risk process when I actually got into it.

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    Re: Running Lights

    I found a youtube video for the bumper removal process. It is actually very simple, and the bumper only needs to be pulled back a few inches to access the headlamp, which you have to remove to change the bulb. It took me about 30 minutes total. You remove the plastic trim on top of the radiator and about three bolts per side to get to the headlamp. Its a $400 bill to have it done at the dealer. Do a search in youtube and you'll get a pretty good idea for the process.

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