Replacing Side Markers on a Scion FR-S
Whether you need to change the bulbs in your side markers, or you want that JDM look with some clear ones, this is the guide to follow. The process will seem difficult the first time, but it will go twice as fast on the other side of the car.
- Phillips Screwdriver (#1 size, skinnier than the one you normally use)
- Small slotted Screwdriverr (the smaller the better)
If you're replacing the bulb, you'll need:
- A fresh 194-sized wedge bulb (or two if you need to replace the one on the other side)
If you're swapping out the markers with clear ones, you'll need:
- JDM-style clear side markers (one for each side)
- 2 194-sized amber wedge bulbs (LED and chrome-topped ones work, just make sure they're amber in color if you live in the USA. Check your local laws regarding the proper color for your side markers.)
If you are working on the driver's side of the vehicle (on a left-hand drive car), turn the wheels all the way to the right. If you are working on the passenger's side, turn the wheels all the way to the left. This will provide you with enough room to work.
In the wheel well, locate the plastic fastener behind the side marker.
Use the phillips head screwdriver to gently rotate the center part of the fastener counter-clockwise. It should pop out on its own and you can pry both parts out of the hole with your fingers. Save this piece; you'll need to install it again later.
Shove your phillips head screwdriver into this hole about a half an inch. If it doesn't fit, use a smaller-diameter screwdriver. Then, press the handle of the screwdriver toward the engine until the top of the side marker pops out. It can take some force, but be careful that you do not damage anything. Gradually ramp up the amount of force you use until you get it.
Pry the rest of the side marker out. There are two other clips on the bottom, but they should be easy now that the top clip is free.
Hold onto the cable that runs into the car and rotate the side marker counter-clockwise until it is free of the socket.
Finally, pull the old bulb out of the socket and replace it with a new one.
Test the bulb by turning on your headlights. It's always a good idea to test things before reassembling everything.
Insert the bulb and socket into the side marker and rotate clockwise until locked in. The side marker should look like this when it is done correctly:
Press the side marker back into the car. This will require a lot of force, but using a small slot screwdriver to press against the top clip while inserting can reduce the force required.
Replace the plastic fastener by pressing in the outer part, then pushing in on the inner part while rotating it clockwise.
Enjoy your new bulb or clear side marker!
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