Just like the title says, I just finished. I got the bulbs today in the mail from Autolumination.com and was SO excited. I used justing1319's great tips and pics from this thread
. However, I ran into every problem I read about.
Just let me begin by saying that the driver's side door light was a bitch and a half. In short, I would rather pay a complete stranger to kick me in the nuts than do that again. Just like everyone else, the goddam socket fell into the door. Basically, you can't avoid it (let me know if I'm wrong). Unlike the passenger door which sits securely in the door, the socket on the driver's side is just pushed from the inside out - and simply sits there. That means pulling out a bulb is no problem but trying to push the other one in... well, your day just got a whole lot less fun. Seeing as how it gets dark now at 5pm, and I just couldn't wait to do this, the ensuing drama in the dark was un-amusing.
When this happens, proceed to unscrewing the two screws around the door handle (one in the handle assembly, one under the cover inside where you reach to pull the door shut). Peeling away the sticker in the latter caused it to rip (use nice pics and instructions, here
). Oh well, I will have to get my hands on another somehow... After that, you unscrew the last one right by the stupid socket that fell in and start to peel the door back. Make sure you didn't leave any screws just sitting in their places because when the door finally gives and pops... bye bye screw. You can actually peel the door back by undoing only this last screw but you can't peel it back that far and bigger hands will get a nice squeeze when reaching in there. My hands are smaller and it hurt like a bizzitch. Once inside, push the socket back through, hold it there while you get the new light in. Remember, there is a proper polarity with the LEDs so be sure to test them before you start screwing the screws back in (if they don't work, unplug and reverse). In addition, when working with these lights, remember that they auto-shut off after 5 minutes so don't sit there bitching about the lights not working before closing all the doors and opening them again to be sure.
The rear dome lights inside are easy if you follow justin's instructions (link above). But you can see in his pics that you don't want to start poking without knowing where the clip is because the casing is easily damaged. So, study his pic to see where the clip lays... in between the switch and the lens, but the majority of it being towards the lens. Use a small and thin screwdriver to keep the damage minimal and don't pry too much. If you don't feel the clip right away, stop prying! Hint: the angle is almost straight up. If you can find something firm and flat, like a stiff little sheet of metal, that might cause less damage also (even small screwdriver heads have a thicker body that will push in the edges of the molding). Once you tested the lights out, you can try to massage any part of the molding you may have bent up so it doesn't look so bad once you get it back in.
The front is actually easier. Take note, the proper screwdriver is a T-25. This IS NOT a HEX. It is a star shaped tool. Make sure you have one because many people don't even know what it is... much less have one laying around. Also, when you unscrew be sure to catch the loose screws or you will have to stop to hunt for them under the seat. I actually found that once unscrewed, the thing almost came off by itself. It loosened enough that I didn't have to pry with the screwdriver. If you don't see this happen, try giving it a little pull, then you will find enough clearance to get your fingers on both clips. Push in, and pull down firmly. There are a couple of stubborn clips in the front that will give (the side facing the rear of the car).
Other than that, nothing more to add. Well, except these:
Avoid doing this at night. You might get results immediately but working with a flashlight, bulbs, screws, and screwdrivers may be a challenge unless you're Dr. Octopus. Trust me. If you can't help it and must do this at night, I recommend the HUGE ass Mag Lite flashlight. It somes in handy when you are on your knees in the driveway looking for the screw you catapulted from the door.
Umm... don't look directly at the lit LEDs. Yes, I did (I was in awe). Yes, I have been seeing red and blue dots for hours.
Don't leave tools laying around inside the car. Place them inside the center console over the radio or on the floor. You don't want to find out what happens to your ass or your leather seats when you sit on a screwdriver. (no, this didn't happen to me :P )
Make sure your hands are clean or you may dirty the bulbs and/or nice fabric around the dome assemblies.
One last thing... a question I hope people can chime in with: After opening up the door and getting the socket back through, and then tightening everything back up, if I grab the door and move it in and out rapidly (like opening and closing it), I can hear a rattle. I thought I fudged up but it happens on the passenger door, too, and that wasn't opened up at all. Is this normal for anyone else? It does not happen with the rears...