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I have dim headlights

How do I remove the headlight casing with the purpose of cleaning them in order to improve the effectiveness of my headlights?

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Check at autozone... if the problem is clouding of the lens ... i believe you can buy a kit that polishes them to like new.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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