This post has everything and nothing to do with homeschooling.
As homeschoolers, we teach our daughters to do a lot of different life skills, including auto maintenance But, this one, we had to figure out on our own.
My 2007 Chevy Aveo had a burned out bulb on the drivers side headlight. I called a dealer, who wanted $120 to change the bulb. He would have put in the same bulb that I found at auto zone for $14, or a 2 pack of bulbs for $24. Being the frugal homeschooling wife/mom that I am (aka cheapskate), I bought the 2 pack of bulbs, and figured I would change it myself.
It couldn't be too hard, could it??? After all, back in 1970 something, I took powder puff mechanics and learned to change light bulbs, oil, belts, unflood a carburetor, change the air filter, change a battery, charge a battery, check and fill all fluids...... Only trouble is, they don't make cars like they did back in 1970 something.
Chevrolet, it is NOT funny that you now have to remove the grill guard/radiator guard to change a simple headlight bulb. This used to be a simple project, now its a major ordeal. And your how to car manual?? Its for the birds when it comes to the headlight spring.
The manual tells you to remove the spring, it doesn't tell you to see how the spring fits first, nor does it have a clear picture of it (neither does anyone on the Internet), nor does it tell you how to put the spring back in, nor does it tell you it will fly off as soon as you touch the screw.
First step, assemble all your tools, including a good cat. Why a cat? You will need that cat once the spring flies off and you can't find it when it lands 10 feet away in the gravel. If the cat had not jumped down from her perch on the engine and pounced on the spring, I'd still be looking for it. (nice kitty).
Anyway, I had to get the husband involved on this project, and we ended up having to remove the other headlight to study it see how to put the tension spring in.
This is what it should look like while together. I thought this post might help someone else trying to find a photo of how its supposed to look, as I could not find any other on the Internet, and the drawing in the book is not clear.
Needless to say, we got it done. I still think the dealer charging $120 to do this is robbery, but I now understand why.