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Removing The Headlamp

Post by Founder on 2011-07-29, 11:12 pm

To Replace ANY bulbs in the headlight, the headlight itself must first be removed.

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The Headlight is fixed to the car by 2 bolts, 1 plastic rivet & 1 clip at the bottom (More on this later)

One bolt at the top of the headlight -

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One bolt & a Rivet at the bottom of the headlight -

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The bolts simple unscrew, store the washer and bolt some where safe. The rivet comes in two parts, both simple pop out and do not require any other motion. There is a small gap that allows you to get your finger nail or screw driver underneath the first part and pull it out.

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After the first is removed, the bottom part pops out also

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Before removing the headlight, you need to remove the electrical connector (The purple plug)
The best method to remove this, is to prize a flat head screw driver in and underneath the clip & tilt.
You will hear a small click & with the screwdriver still in place the connector can be removed.

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DO NOT pull the connector from the wires, the connector should come out fairly easily with the screw driver in place.
I removed mine with thumb and fingers of my left hand ... very little struggle at all.

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The Headlight is anchored in with little tabs on the headlight itself

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So the best method to remove the headlight is to tilt the headlight slightly away from the engine bay and then pull the headlight up and towards the windscreen.
Place one hand underneath the headlight nearest the bottom (grill) and another underneath the top section where the first bolt was removed. Keep reading if you need more help.

This is the clip that everyone mentions and dreads, that comes out in the darkness of night and...yada yada ha ha. Its not that bad once you look at it. So here it is

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Its basically a bigger version of the clip that holds your bonnet arm.
Here is is again with the headlight removed - Don't worry I'll get to the removal part, you haven't missed anything.

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This picture (below) will hopefully explain the necessary angle needed to lift the light.

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The Yellow Arrow is the direction the clip would most likely to be removed at
HOWEVER, not possible if you look at the green circle, the shape of the grill and headlight DO NOT allow the direction.
The Red arrow is a compromise of both, its at an angle that clears the shape of the grill but still provides enough upwards angle to remove the the light from the clip. I had no trouble removing mine without this guide. No snaps or damage. Provided its not a Freezing cold day causing the clip to be abit more brittle, you should be fine.

Once free, unslot your headlight from the mounting. It would be fairly simple. But for those who want to know how.
Slide it from the top out. Away from the front grill.

What sort of guide wouldn't help you put the headlight back in? Honestly people! Grab your headlight lets go ...

Replacing the headlight back into the mounting:

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Meanwhile at your car lol.

FIRST!
Plug the connector back in and ensure the lights are working! Do not do anything else untill you have otherwise you'll be scrolling all the way back to the top of this guide...bad times.

All working? Are you now blinded by the pure brilliance ... Odds are no, its still daylight ha ha
Anyway ...

So remember the little plastic tabs on the headlight

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Those will play a key part in making this part SO So Simple.


Insert the bottom (narrow) part of your headlight into the mounting first. After all it was this part that made it hard removing it in the first place.

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With the headlight in place at the bottom (ensure the plates for the bolt and rivet are UNDER the grill and not ontop)
tilt the headlight and work on getting those plastic tabs into under the bodywork

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During this step, odds are you will head the plastic clip at the bottom of the headlight clip into place and the headlight will fit snug. If this hasn't happened, have a good place around. Don't worry, there is only One way for the headlight to sit correctly and multiple ways to get it there.

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Insert the bottom part of the rivet

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Followed by the top part

Replace the other two bolts and washer, reconnect the connector at the back of the headlight. Close the bonnet and marvel the fact your indicator isn't orange

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