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Cant change headlight bulb

Brought a couple of super bright headlight bulbs today. Fitted first bulb in about 2 minutes no problems at all.

Second one I just cannot get the wire bulb holder to shift! I`ve tried brute force, coaxing and evrything in between.

None of this is helped by the fact that I can hardly see what I am doing and my fingers are ripped to shreds.

So, please, any ideas??

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Brought a couple of super bright headlight bulbs today. Fitted first bulb in about 2 minutes no problems at all.

Second one I just cannot get the wire bulb holder to shift! I`ve tried brute force, coaxing and evrything in between.

None of this is helped by the fact that I can hardly see what I am doing and my fingers are ripped to shreds.

So, please, any ideas??

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Do a search as someone posted a diagram showing how to do it.
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Re: Cant change headlight bulb

I pay someone else to do it, it's way too much of a faff for me i'd end up ripping the front end of the car to pieces with an axe
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Re: Cant change headlight bulb

I changed mine. The bulb is held in place by a 'U' shaped piece of wire, the pivot is at the bottom. The loose 'ends' clip into a little hook at the top that you can't see. To release you need to push the end of the clip towards the front of the car and then to the right.

Unfortunately thats the easy part. The hard part is trying to locate the new bulb exactly in position. It only fits in one way. There is a lug on the base of the bulb and it must fit exactly in the dent in the headlamp unit. If it isn't its impossible to put the clip back.

Finally be careful as it is possible if you try to force it to mess up the headlamp alignment motors!!

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Chers Andy, it took 3 seconds, god alone knows what I was doing wrong?!?

But just one more question please. Headlights are not aligned, any ideas on that one?

Quick tip: Next time Halfords offers to fit headlights for a fiver, bite their hands off!
 
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Use a mirror and a torch, that's my advice
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Chers Andy, it took 3 seconds, god alone knows what I was doing wrong?!?

But just one more question please. Headlights are not aligned, any ideas on that one?

Quick tip: Next time Halfords offers to fit headlights for a fiver, bite their hands off!
Are they both out or does one side look more out than the other??

It may be (and I mean may) that one of the bulbs isn't quite seated right because there is a little bit of play in the mounting. Just as a guide on a flat surface with a vertical wall opposite, park the car front to the wall and put crosses at the headlight centres where the bulbs are. Then, carefully reverse in a straight line about 10 feet away. The beam should shine in the bottom left hand corner of the cross. If its not then they need realigning. Try the headlamp beam adjustment as well. You should be able to see it change. If one doesn't move or just seems to jump up and down a bit then I'm sorry but its broken.

Good luck!
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As andypj said, check the bulbs are seated
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You can easily see if they're in right or not by
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They are a bit of a pain to get in.
 
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Very helpful postings all over this site about replacing headlight bulbs. Should be so much easier than this!

After about half an hour of scratching up my fingers up, finally managed it after reading some of the postings here, and suddenly it seems easy! Push top of metal clip towards front of car, then slide it towards the right as you look from the front, reverse this to get the clip back on once bulb is in (and lined up).

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thanks for the instructions.

after reading these instructions i replaced mine in minutes.

BTW, Halfords got good deal on Xenon Blue Laser, buy 1 get 1 free, £16 each.
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I took one look at the space there, one look at the size of my hands, and got my neighbor's 6-year old to do it for a Toblertone.

Hey, that's more than some sporting equipment manufacturers pay their child labor, right?
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had to replace the low beam in mine today so dug up this old thread.

The passenger side (in Australia - so that's the left side) was easy to replace.

the driver side (right side) was a bit more difficult, mainly because you can't see squat. But like people said to unclip the metal frame, push in and then out (see attachment). I found it takes a bit of strength if you have only your hands.

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the key to this is to switch the bulb on whilst fitting ....so you can see what you're doing and the you can guide the bulb back into the slot from the outside of the car by the brightness of the light

I also have a small piece of mirror, taped to the end of a pencil so I can see whats going on from the engine side.

did the sidelight (same as low beam i assume) last week in 10 mins
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You can do it by feel.
Don't know why people have such an issue.

Read on this site before looked at a diagram. Took 5mins in total to do.
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You can do it by feel.
Don't know why people have such an issue.
maybe easy with your ladies hands
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Good point. They do make my penis look bigger though.
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