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We've just bought a wife a '51' plate 2.0 Twin Spark 147.

Somewhat irritatingly the nearside dipped headlight bulb blew the next day.

I replaced the bulb but my wife then noticed that it was quite a lot lower than the offside bulb when viewing a refleciton in teh garage door.

Whilst looking at this, the metal ring than holds the bulb securing clip has come off the back of the headlight cluster. It looks like a push and twist type locking mechanism on it but I certainly cant do it whilst the cluster is in place.

Id be really grateful if anyone had any ideas? advice? help? My wife is ready to kill me!

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the bulb change is an age old nightmare for many Alfa owners...a search up top will prove this !!...as hard as i have tried i just cannot seem to change the bulbs and get my indie to do it, although Halfords has also helped me out in the past..dont waste any sleep over it tim...take it to an indie..pay em a small sum and get them to change it...

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Thanks for the reply...

Unfortunately, its not as simple as changing the bulb now. I need someone to fix the bulb securing piece onto hte back of the cluster again as its come off..

Ill see if I can find soemone to do this.

Does anyone now a decent Alfa specialist in teh south manchester area?


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Hi Tim,
Is the piece you are talking about a circular pressed metal fitting with the securing spring attached to it? If it is then these are usually fitted using a press during the manufacture of the lamp and are an interference fit. If it has come loose then you will probably find that it has also damaged the bits of the reflector upon which it interferes. It is highly unlikely that you will ever get it to fit properly again. You may be lucky though.
You will find that it will probably only fit in one orientation, try to align it up correctly and push it back onto the reflector, ensuring it goes all the way to the stop. I believe it is an H7 bulb, then the notch that takes the tab on the bulb will be at the top. Be carefull not to apply too much pressure to the reflector as it is quite easy to push them off the adjusters...if this happens then you'll need a new headlamp.
I very much doubt that a dealer will contemplate doing this sort of remedial work and will more than likely just swop the lamp out for a new one. An independant specialist might give it a go. If they will then their best bet is to remove the lamp from the vehicle and work on it on a bench, they'll never do it on the car.
Hope this helps, however you may find that you can't get the ring to stay in place and that will mean a new lamp...sorry.
Oh, and do not on any account think of using any type of cyanoacrylate glue to hold it in place. When these, and many other types of adhesive get hot, they give off gasses that will coat the reflector and lens and then you really will need a new lamp. The only thing that we find can work is an epoxy.
Good luck,
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