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Change headlight Hi, I need to change my headlight, and I would like to do it myself. It looks easy enough, but so far no luck. Do I have to remove the entire front light set-up to exchange the low beam only? At that point I might as well change the lens that got run into by an unknown "friend". (I have a feeling that the water that got into it might have contributed to the failing headlight...). I would really appreciate your help. I can't afford another mechanic hour! Thanks, Julie

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  • julieshan99 Apr 16, 2009

    Hi Robert,


    thank you so much for the help. Sounds easy enough... Unfortunately, that's not what I have. I looked a little further into it, and I think I don't have a GL, but a DL. I don't have a bulb, but a unit, and I figured out that I need to unscrew 4 screws from the front. I got 2, the other two are a bit problematic. It seems that they've lost their grove (not the thread) - the screwdriver has no hold on them. Not sure how to deal with that...


    Thanks though :)
    Julie

  • julieshan99 Apr 16, 2009

    Hi,
    and thanks. The adjustment screws are on the sides whereas the holding screws are closer to the corners. It's the two bottom ones I'm having problems with, the ones more exposed I guess and therefore rustier. I guess at this point I would want to know how to get them out without being able to unscrew them. 


    The year is 1986, it's a station wagon and yes, it's a sealed beam.


    Thanks so much! 

  • julieshan99 Apr 16, 2009

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Julie.... fairly easy to do. the bulbs are changed from inside the engine compartment. you should be able to see the connector going into the back of the bazel (headlight). generally the connect has a ring on it that you have to turn or you may have to turn the socket to remove the bulb. be careful NOT to touch the replacement bulb with your fingers as it will shorten the life of the bulb. unfortunately if the bulb is on the side that the battery is on you may have to remove it to gain access... if it is i'll explain that to you as well... not that hard to do either.

Robert

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    Roberta Smith Apr 16, 2009

    before you try to remove any more screws from that may i have the year of your car. also does the headlight appear to be a sealed beam headlight. it usually says something about that on the lents... or you can see the bulb... those other screws might be for the headlight alignment.

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    Roberta Smith Apr 16, 2009

    get yourself a can of WD40 at pretty much any store that sells hardware... autozone if you are close and spray the bolts that hold the headlight in.... leave it overnight if you can... spray it again then try to remove them.... if the are rounded ... look and see if a socket would fit on the end... you can buy a 1/4 inch socket set fairly inexpensively and it will come in handy.



    Robert

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