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Replace Headlight Assembly on 1999 Acura CL

The car was in a front end collision. I replaced the Hood, Radiator, Bulkhead etc. It is now all done except: I can't figure out the order of reassembly of the following three pieces. Bumber and Bumper Skin, Headlight assembly. No matter which order I try one of the pieces is obscured by the other. If I try the skin last, the lights obscure the skin clips. If I try leaving the skin on the bumper, I can't re attach the bumper b/c I can't get at all of the bumper bolts. If I put oin the Headlamp assembly last, I cant get them into thier place and if I can, I still can't get to the bottom bolts of the headlight assembly becasue the bumperr skin obscure the bolts...

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SOURCE: trying to replace a front headlight bulb on 2001 acura 3.2 TL

Are you talking about the retaining spring that holds the bulb in?

If so just pull the metal spring toward you and away from bulb. It may need a little jiggly but it will come out.

Do not test the headlight until you have the unit reassembled.

Dont touch the bulb glass with your bare hand either. It can cause the bulb to blow when you turn the light on.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: trying to replace a front headlight bulb on 2001 acura 3.2 TL

Look for the end of the wire retainer clip. Unhook it and lift it up. Remember not to touch the bulb. But if you do, just clean it with a bit of alcohol.

btw - Here's a bit of info from a previous post of mine...
The low beams consist of three parts. The bulb, inverter/ballast and the ignitor. The bulbs usually start to loose their color long before they burn out. The inverters/ballasts either go out after a while or take a while to start up.

Before you spend money on a new bulb, try swapping it with the one on the other side. You'll need a security torx screwdriver to get the covers off of the back of the lights. Don't touch the glass bulbs. If you do, just clean them with a bit of alcohol.

If the problem stays on that side, try swapping the ignitors. They're mounted inside the black covers.

If the problem is still on that side you've got a bad inverter. They're mounted on the bottom of the headlight assembly. You'll need to remove the front bumper and remove the headlight assembly to get to it. (I recommend you take pictures as you remove things so can put them back together correctly.)

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 97 Integra headlight replacement

no the fender stay on .just the front bumper come off

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I replace my 2003 Acura TL passenger headlight assembly?

You will have to remove the front bumper to get to the bolts that hold the head light on
I would not recommend you try this unless you have some experience with this type of work

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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There will be a serial number on the side of the block. It was probably covered by oil or the tech couldn't find it, so they just wrote "obscured"to save a couple of minutes of work. i would not be worried. The only time the number comes into question is under a warranty replacement incident or if replacing with a different motor, this number will be checked to make sure the motor was not stolen.

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matt

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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