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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, changed the little penut bulbs in the headlights to led in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Ok got it done! Wish I could say it was easy. The access to this bulb is almost non existent. ...
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    Ok got it done! Wish I could say it was easy. The access to this bulb is almost non existent. Even through the side door. Cut up my hands pretty good. I'm sure the second time around will be easier. There was only one screw holding on the side door. Then it's removed all the way off. Problem is my car has hid's so the ballast is there. It was kinda in the way. The bulb is buried all the way in the back. Still doable without bumper removal. The whole thing took about 30min. It wasn't painless....Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: changed the little penut bulbs in the headlights to led

    Experienced members have posted that the bumper cover removal/repalcement is a 30 minute job and makes the rest easy. The shop quoting 3.5 hours is nuts. 3.5 hours labor at either of my Caddy dealers would be about $300

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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3
    Experienced members have posted that the bumper cover removal/repalcement is a 30 minute job and makes the rest easy. The shop quoting 3.5 hours is nuts. 3.5 hours labor at either of my Caddy dealers would be about $300
    I think it might be a better way to go. Like I said, it's doable without the bumper removal, but by no means is it the proper way. I think if you're a do it yourself kind of a person it's good to learn how to re&re the front cover. If it can be done in 30 min it's definitely a way to go.

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    Re: changed the little penut bulbs in the headlights to led

    I appreciate the various members on the forum claiming to remove a front bumper on a STS in 30 minutes. Reminds me that my crew, with the help of an M-88 wrecker arm could yank the power pack and trannys from an M-60 battle tank in the same time. Put it back even faster.

    However, what seems to be missing is the fact that aside from a few threaded items, the whole thing, along with the two-piece fender well is held together with plastic (like Mr. Robinson said, "think plastic") clips, in various sizes. These are not found at Pep Boys or O'Rileys. They either come from the dealer or from Internet places like Clipit. The prices are reasonable, but you get killed on shipping.

    The last time I removed the front and rear bumpers I ordered full boxes of the clips. They break, or they get fouled due to age and environmental exposure, so you will always need some new ones. I also ordered other for interior panels and rocker panels, and although it took a lot of time identifying the clips to the web pictures, a larger order absorbed the shipping.

    So, it ain't all that simple. Be prepared first and then, take your time.
    Kosman, Kosman, amgqmp1 and 3 others like this.

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    Re: changed the little penut bulbs in the headlights to led

    Quote Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
    So, it ain't all that simple. Be prepared first and then, take your time.
    And that, sir, is why I will drive around like a one-eyed pirate fool...until my other bulb burns out.

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    Re: changed the little penut bulbs in the headlights to led

    Quote Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
    I appreciate the various members on the forum claiming to remove a front bumper on a STS in 30 minutes. Reminds me that my crew, with the help of an M-88 wrecker arm could yank the power pack and trannys from an M-60 battle tank in the same time. Put it back even faster.

    However, what seems to be missing is the fact that aside from a few threaded items, the whole thing, along with the two-piece fender well is held together with plastic (like Mr. Robinson said, "think plastic") clips, in various sizes. These are not found at Pep Boys or O'Rileys. They either come from the dealer or from Internet places like Clipit. The prices are reasonable, but you get killed on shipping.

    The last time I removed the front and rear bumpers I ordered full boxes of the clips. They break, or they get fouled due to age and environmental exposure, so you will always need some new ones. I also ordered other for interior panels and rocker panels, and although it took a lot of time identifying the clips to the web pictures, a larger order absorbed the shipping.

    So, it ain't all that simple. Be prepared first and then, take your time.
    I've never touched the rear bumper, but I've taken the front off 20+ times and never even came close to breaking a clip; even the first time when I didn't even know these clips existed. Like you said, you just have to take your time and be gentle with it.

    Compared to removing the bumper from a newer model Audi, Mercedes, BMW, etc. makes this look like hammering a nail into a 2x4.

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