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Guys I love my Subaru but this is testing my patience haha

How the !Removed! hell do you change these side lights ? 2008 Impreza hatch ( RX )

Passenger side is the Battery ....... I moved that had the smallest of gap but couldn't twist or pull the bulb out ! Anything I'm missing there?

Drivers side well where do I start ...... Removed the air intake easy stuff just to find there no access to the indicator or side light bulbs :O poor design or what!

Am I really going to have to take the bumper off and remove the light unit ?

Help a brother out here I refuse to ask a garage to fit a !Removed! bulb it would kill me inside to have to pay for it

Thanks

James

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My car's older, but I don't imagine the recipe has changed much. You have to remove the lights to remove the bumper- take out the centre plastic grille, then there's usually 2 bolts above the light and one in the middle (where you've just removed the grille) again, may be different on your car, but you should find them.

Slide the light cluster out and you've got easy access to the bulb rears. Hope this helps!

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Hi, if you need to take off the bumper, check out this link:

Or you may be able to get at the bulb via the wheel arch: http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2008_Subaru_Impreza_2.5i_2.5L_4_Cyl._Sedan/lights/turn_signal_front

The second link shows how to change indicator bulb, but you may be able to do side lights this way maybe?

Hope this helps

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Hi there, did you get this done ?

I've inly just seen the post so could be a bit late, but I did mine through the arch liner. Removed some of the plastic clips holding it on, then get your hand up in behind. It is proper fiddly, but I've changed mine twice now this way.

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Only just got to read this!!

 

Glad I don't own one of these!

 

Would hate to be pulled over by Traffic Plod in this, with a light out.

Plod asks, "Can you replace the bulb now sir, then you can be on your way" ?

 

"Oh, yes ocifer, just excuse me while I strip the whole front off the car and can you cone off two lanes of the M25 while I

spend the next hour or so fixing it".

 

Rik.

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I just went in behind the wheel arch, couple of clips, no issue

I tried that jay but on left side the washer bottle was in the way n rite side i couldnt squeeze mi fingers between a braket near front of wing.in the end i had to take half car to bits lol but when you done it a couple times you get to be like a subaru rally crew at it fixin car between stages [emoji22]

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I did mine yesterday it's a half hour job.

Remove the air intake and air box it's only 1 nut and 1 bolt I believe a 10 and 8. The half closer the head light will lift out the other half can be removed by discounting the pipe to the engine.

This side is better to do first and you will see a black flat tab tray thing that lines up with the back of the side light. Twist it and it will pull out.

Now you know what your looking for the passenger side is taking the Battery out and look for the same thing. Due to the angle of the passenger side I used some grips to twist it.

It's not hard just fiddly and a pain if your not sure what your looking for.

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On 25 September 2015 at 7:52 PM, Xander said:

I did mine yesterday it's a half hour job.

Remove the air intake and air box it's only 1 nut and 1 bolt I believe a 10 and 8. The half closer the head light will lift out the other half can be removed by discounting the pipe to the engine.

This side is better to do first and you will see a black flat tab tray thing that lines up with the back of the side light. Twist it and it will pull out.

Now you know what your looking for the passenger side is taking the battery out and look for the same thing. Due to the angle of the passenger side I used some grips to twist it.

It's not hard just fiddly and a pain if your not sure what your looking for.

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Believe it or not I have just done this ! Finally purchased my house so had room to play around on the drive haha 

guys it's as simple as xander said ! Took me an hour to do as the LED bulbs have to go in a certain way and I didn't the first time so having to dismantle a second time added unwanted time :)  no need to remove bumper result 

james 

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