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Old 07-12-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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2003 Adventurer 35U (Workhorse) Front Driver Side Turn signal replacement

Wow... I didn't think I'd need to ask these two questions, but here goes...

1. I've looked at the parts manual but can't seem to find the bulb type for the drivers side turn signal anyone know what it is?

2. I'd normally just pull the bulb and run to the store for the bulb, but I can't see how to get to it without going under the front (I have a bad knee). Is this the way to get to the bulb? (I can do it, but I need to have pads and didn't have them with me today.)

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extremely common Turn/park lite bulb is the 3157 series
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extremely common Turn/park lite bulb is the 3157 series
Dunno if that's it. It appears to be a wedge base, but that's not the big issue, now.

The big issue is this: From what I gathered today from under, over, beside the motor home, the entire headlight needs to be removed in order to get to the bulb socket. The headlight assembly is held in place by two white clips. Each clip slides behind two slotted studs on each side of the head light assembly (total of four slotted studs). I can get to one on the inboard side of the driver's side head light, but I can't even see the clip on the outboard side--from on top inside the hood or under the motor home. Very frustrating.

There is a weather cap for each of the three lamp housings. If I remove the cap for the turn signal, I can feel the connector, but there is no way to grab it enough to turn it enough to remove socket and bulb.

If anyone has gone through this before, let me know. It would be extremely helpful as I do not want to take the motor home to the dealer and have them replace the light bulb.

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Edit: I've found the headlights are 2001-2005 Chevrolet Impala headlights. I found a video on replacing the headlights in the Impala, but man, that's much easier!
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Yeah, you're right. Thanks. Now, if I could only get to it.

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I am having problems believing that nobody has done this. It looks like I will figure this out and then share the result so nobody has to mess with this, again.

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I have done mine, you can get the bulb without removing the whole assembly, just need to be a little flexible. Also pulling the whole fixture is not a big deal. Pull the white tabs and it comes right out. The headlight assembly is the same one in the Chevy Impala of the same time frame so you can ask the auto parts store for the correct light for a Chevy.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:27 AM   #8
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I have done mine, you can get the bulb without removing the whole assembly, just need to be a little flexible. Also pulling the whole fixture is not a big deal. Pull the white tabs and it comes right out. The headlight assembly is the same one in the Chevy Impala of the same time frame so you can ask the auto parts store for the correct light for a Chevy.
Thanks for the reply. I've tried not removing the entire assembly with no luck--I can feel the connector but I can not get enough of a grip on the connector due to a support for some other piece of equipment that goes right behind the headlight assembly. Does your Ford chassis have a boat load of stuff on the drivers side right behind the head light? I think this is the primary difference in this area of the motor home. I can get to the inboard clip, but can't see the outboard clip--even from under the motor home. I'll get it, but it won't happen until tomorrow.

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Old 07-19-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
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Success! All it took was being able to see what I needed to do. I used this for light: ​Energizer 7 LED Headlight - Weatherproof & 4 Lighting Modes. They work great and are really good for hobby activities such as repairing or building radio controlled helicopters!

Once I was able to find the clip on the outside of the headlight assembly, it was easy to figure out how to get the clip off. The trick was getting the headlight out. It must be pulled out completely straight and level. Any deviation and it will take jiggling to get it out. Once I got the connector out, I saw some corrosion on the contacts, so I cleaned what I could and used a good quality dielectric grease for re-installation. The really odd thing is this: The turn signal bulb fell out of the socket while I was pulling out the assembly.

When I got the assembly out, I tested the bulb. The 3457 bulb was good, but fit very loosely in the socket. I bought a replacement, used the same dielectric grease on that bulb and it fit snugly. After testing everything, my wife thought she would help out, so she reinstalled the light assembly in about two minutes. All I had to do was crawl under and reinstall in the clips.

All in all, a true learning experience, but now that I know how to do it, it's going to be much easier next time--LED replacements, but I need to do research on loading and compatibility with the turn signal circuitry.

Remember, the bulb is a 3457.

Scott

So, for the record, the bulb is a 3457A (A means Amber).
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Thanks for the reply. I've tried not removing the entire assembly with no luck--I can feel the connector but I can not get enough of a grip on the connector due to a support for some other piece of equipment that goes right behind the headlight assembly. Does your Ford chassis have a boat load of stuff on the drivers side right behind the head light? I think this is the primary difference in this area of the motor home. I can get to the inboard clip, but can't see the outboard clip--even from under the motor home. I'll get it, but it won't happen until tomorrow.

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Scott,

My Chassis is wide open behind the drivers side headlight. I can see how having stuff behind the light would make the process a bit more entertaining.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:37 AM   #11
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Scott,

My Chassis is wide open behind the drivers side headlight. I can see how having stuff behind the light would make the process a bit more entertaining.
Sure was! But once I could see, it was actually quite easy. Thanks for the support, sir!

BTW, I was in the Navy, too.

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