I admit that I have very little mechanical aptitude, and I generally avoid DIY projects. I like to joke that my took kit consists of the telephone book yellow pages and a credit card. Thankfully, I have other talents! But there are limits to this self-abasement – I do have some pride after all!
Last week I was driving and when preparing to make a right turn my right-turn signal clicker sounded like it was on amphetamines, which I knew indicated a malfunction. When I reached my destination I kept the motor running, set the right-turn signal, and went behind the car – where I found that the turn light was not working. I went back and did the same for the left-turn signal and discovered that it was operating normally.
Aha! Even I recognize a blown light bulb! 😀 (Hard to believe, but with all the cars I’ve owned over all those many years I had never had a light bulb blow!)
Well, here was something that hit my limit. I do have some pride! T’ain’t no way I am going to go to a garage or dealership service department and ask them to change a light bulb! I don’t think I could handle the look I would get!
Besides, what could be so difficult about changing a light bulb? I assumed all I would have to do was to buy a replacement bulb at an auto parts store, unscrew the tail light lens and replace the bulb. But when I looked closely I realized that there were no screws on the outside to loosen the lens – I was going to have to go in from behind the light assembly in the trunk (boot). 🙄
I verified that in the car’s owner’s manual. I had to remove a “thingy” that held the trunk carpet against the side wall; carefully peel back the carpet to reveal the back of the tail light assembly; remove the four screws which held the assembly in; pull the tail light assembly away from the car far enough to remove the blown bulb from behind; snap the new bulb in; then reverse the process. And … wonder of wonders … the turn signal now works!!!
Now, I know that to the average person who has been blessed with a modicum of mechanical aptitude this little exercise is child’s play. But to me it’s like nuclear physics – so c’mon – – CLAP FOR ME! 😀
Oh well, assuming the same bulb is used in whatever auto I own when next one blows, I will be prepared – – probably somewhere near 2060! 😕 That is if I can find it and I am still around to look – the latter, of course, most unlikely.