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How do you replace the high beam head light on a jaguar xj8 basic 2001

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  • fkloss1969 Oct 15, 2010

    I Can't find any info on my question in the vague answer you gave.

    You must be more specific

  • fkloss1969 Oct 15, 2010

    None of these items ie bezel bezel screws retaining rings are in or around my head light.



    You must be talking about some other car.


  • fkloss1969 Oct 15, 2010

    the "lens" is a whole unit that looks like a sealed beam head light of old clipped into a metal ring around it, the 2 bulbs plug into the back of the unit.



    the front lens in my unit is broken. i have unclipped the metal ring from the front , but I can't figure out what is holding the unit in place??? the unit has four points that seem to be the adjustment points, two of them have adjustmemt knobs. i don't think these ponts are being used to hold the unit in place because on the new unit they have no threads, they seem to be only bearing points for adjustment. What is holding the unit in place???

  • fkloss1969 Oct 15, 2010

    Help

  • fkloss1969 Oct 15, 2010

    Never mind, I'll figure it out myself

  • fkloss1969 Oct 19, 2010

    none of your answers were correct.



    i finally got jaguar to tell me how to do it.



    thanks anyway.

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Hi. Here's the link on how to replace your Xenon HID bulb. Please click here.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

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Pop the retainer and open the back of the headlight case then remove the back cover: there is a spring on the bottom, so first move the top of the cover back then lift the cover up as much as you can and try to free the bottom from the spring. Once you do that, it would move more freely in the small avaialble space so you can turn it about 30 degrees sideways and eventyally your able to get it out.


Or if this applies to you:

1 - Remove the plastic cover that hides the grille/radiator and headlights area
2 - Starting on either headlight, locate the metal retaining bar that holds the back cover in place. A good tug towards the front of the car will do the trick, but if the lights havent been changed in a while the bar may need a real strong pull.
3 - Open up the back cover and pry it all the way out. Doing this instead of just sliding it to the side will free up a few more inches of hand room.
4 - Now you'll have access to the bulbs and wires in the housing. The top bulb will be the signal repeater, the bottom will be the main headlamp. There will be a thin metal clip holding the bulb in place which releases from beneath the bulb. If you push the bottom of this clip to the side and up, it will come free but be careful not to let it drop out completely. You should be able to gently lift it up and have it stay in its place.
5 - Another way of releasing the bulb would be to pull the wire socket off the bulb before releasing the clip. Just be careful not to pull too hard on the wires.
6 - Now just simply pull out the bulb.
7 - To put in a new bulb I find its easier to plug it into the wire socket first and then put it into its housing, followed by securing the metal clip. Replace the back cover by inserting the bottom part into its mate (youll be able to see where to put it with a flashlight). Make sure its secure, then push the metal bar back until it pops (or clicks, whatever).

You're done and you've saved yourself energy, time and expense. And the next time you do it itll be even easier.

Now this only applies to regular H7 halogen headlamps, NOT the factory xenon HIDs.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010

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Inspect/Replace There can be slight variations in procedure from one model to another when replacing headlights. For instance, on some models the turn signal light assembly must be removed before the headlight can be replaced. Overall, however, the procedure does not differ much from the following typical instructions.
Make sure the replacement bulb is the same type and part number as the one that is being replaced.
How do you replace the - f19-22.jpg Comparing the old and ther replacement headlamps. To Replace:

  • Remove the headlight bezel retaining screws. Remove the bezel. If necessary, disconnect the turn signal lamp wires.
  • Remove the retaining ring screws from one or both lights.
  • Remove the retaining rings.
  • Remove the light from the housing. Disconnect the wiring connector from the back of the light.
  • Push the wiring connector onto the prongs at the rear of the new light.
  • Place the new light in the headlight housing. Position it so the embossed number in the light lens is on the top.
  • Place the retaining ring over the light and install the retaining ring screws. Tighten them slightly.
  • Check the aim of the headlight and adjust it, if necessary.
  • Install the headlight bezel. Secure it with the retaining screws.
  • Connect the turn signal lamp wiring (if it was disconnected).

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I would recommend using Silverstar Ultra or regular Silverstar bulbs for high performance lighting and replace in pairs.

Good luck on this repair.

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  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 15, 2010

    I can only base the procedure on what I have searched on.



    Basically, if it uses bulbs, then you would try to replace from behind the lens. That's the trick.

    Most modern cars from the 1990s on up have a similar set up.



    I have no reason to believe yours is any different than the procedure I found on my online resource.



    What specific steps of the procedure are not understood?


  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 15, 2010

    OK, if you want to replace a damaged lens or headlight assembly, the whole thing must be replaced, in my experience on cars from the 1990s on up (even some from the 1980s).

    It's not a sealed beam system, per se, like found on 1970s vehicles.
    There may be more to removing the headlamp assembly than first meets the eye, I admit.

    Keep plugging and I'm sure you can figure it out.

    Maybe try the parts department of the dealer to find an exploded view of the parts in question, on their computer or in their parts books. That is helpful, when online information is spotty.

    Good luck on this repair.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Oct 15, 2010

    Sometimes when replacing things in body work one must think outside of the box. If removing the retaining rings doesn't do it, then there must be another fastening point to keep it in.



    Maybe try a salvage yard to get the part first, then one can figure out how to remove and replace easier than by following the online instructions which, I agree, are vague.



    Actually, you might be able to still buy a new part for it from the dealer since it is less than 10 years old.


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Its possible that thjis info could find in this link: ownerinfo.jaguar.com

Hope helps.

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