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Old 08-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Headlight removal??

My manual has vanished. Anyone know the proceedure to remove headlight, install bulb and re-install headlight. I found the 5mm Allan screws.
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Old 08-18-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hi,

To remove the Headlight use a 5mm Nutdriver or Socket w/ extension and turn it clockwise. You'll feel the Headlight move forward. It is now unlocked. Go to the Front of the Car and pull the Headlight straight out (you may need to twist it slightly.

Now, you need to remove the Cover on the Back. If a Low/High Beam, you press the clip on the large cover and remove. You'll see the back of both Headlamps. Disconect the Electrical Connector to the Bulb and then unclip the Retaining Spring holding the Bulb. Pull Bulb out.

For a Fog Lamp, you twist open the small Cover. Then you remove it's Electrical Connector and Spring Clip. All the Bulbs are 55W H7s for Halogens, incl. Fog Lamp (Phillips D 2 S for Low Beam Xenon).

Assembly is the reverse, but a couple of caveats - Don't handle the new Bulb with your bare hand, use a paper towel or such. Push the Headlamp Assembly back into the Fender carefully to avoid bending any of the Pins on the Connector. When you tighten the Hex Screw by turning anticlockwise, you'll hear a Heart Stopping 'POP' as it locks into place, you'll think something broke, but it didn't. Hope this helps...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:48 AM   #3
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Since I just did this - a few notes to add.

Pull carpet away after unscrewing the carpet connector

There's a rubber plug (about the size of a quarter) that hides the hole where you insert the socket.

The socket moves clockwise 180 degrees to push the light out - it needs to go back 90 degrees to release the light assembly. If you are using the headlight removal tool - the handle should face the back of the car at the start of the procedure, the front of the car to push the assembly out and straight down to release the headlight.
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Old 08-19-2007, 03:00 PM   #4
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I would also echo's Jim's statement about the "pop" you'll hear when you tighten the hex. I thought it broke something! Sounds like a plastic crack.
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