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PITA auto shift indicator light install. Socket may be broken. Please Help! See pictures

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Major PITA trying to install auto shift indicator light into socket. I can get the bulb to go into socket but no room to turn clockwise to set bulb in place. On further investigation the spring in the socket looks off and leaning to the side.

Is there any options besides dismantling the entire steering column to install a simple bulb? Can i get needle nose pliers, rip socket out to splice a new one in?

The bulb that was originally in place had a blue coating and did not look factory original. It was also just sitting on top of the socket and not locked into place. Maybe previous owners tried to force it in.

This should not be that difficult. Any ideas will be appreciated.
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Any luck? I need to replace mine and it also has the blue cover over it that is falling apart. I have not removed anything yet but was wondering if a blue led equivalent would work. What bulb did you use???

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Just to add to this. I took a ba9 led light in white and I had rubber covers left over from a triple gauge set I used on a tractor install. One of the covers was blue and it fit perfectly over the led light. As an added bonus the led bulbs are much less fragile than the 1893 original bulb are make it easier to remove and install

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