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Change headlights and clean inside the lens

Do the headlights just twist in from the back or do you need a special tool?
how do you remove the headlight lenses to clean the inside of them

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You cant really get inside of the lenses because they are glued together and usually break when you try to disassemble them. the lights should just turn slightly to the left and pull right out no special tools required.

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