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Old 08-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched the forum but I couldn't find a thread dealing with replacing the headlight bulbs.
I want to replace the low beam lights with a brighter light bulb. I did read the owners manual, but I haven't had any luck with removing the headlight assembly. I was able to remove 3 small bolts that hold the headlights in place, but I could not locate what I believe to be the 4th screw.
I could use some help. Am I doing this right? Thanks for any advice

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There are only three 6mm screws holding the lamps in, two along the upper edge of the lamp and one on the side of the lamp assembly closest to the radiator. After that it's a solid push with your hand to get them to spring out, they are tight and seem to catch along the lower edge on the bumper trim so a bit of persistence is needed. Before changing the bulbs have you tried adjusting the lamps? From the factory they are set waaayyyyy low. Mine had a perfect pool of light about 20 feet in front of the car then nothing. Park nose in towards a wall headlights on low beam, on level ground of course and back about 15, 20 feet, and see where the 'cut line' is in relation to the car, you will see a definite horizontal cut off point above which there is very little light. The cut line measured up the wall should be about 2 - 3 inches below the small dimple moulded into the headlight cover in front of the low beam projector lens. Mine was about 18 inches below! After adjusting mine no more complaints about the lights, they are not search lights but quite good by modern car standards. The adjusters are visible looking straight down the rear of the headlight assembly, looks like a star wheel give it a go.
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Three 10mm bolts to remove on mine and it takes around 6 minutes to remove, replace bulb, and reassemble. I've done it many times.
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Agreed Shambles, I forgot in Australia we reference using the shaft/thread diameter not the head AF, a 6mm threaded bolt usually has a 10mm AF head. Unless it's some weird sourced from Mongolia home made bolt. I think we're both right! Cheers.
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Thanks for the tip on 3 bolts. I did remove those bolts, however the assembly didn't want to come out. I was afraid to apply too much pressure and break the headlight assembly.
I must be blind. I look all over for the headlight adjusters, but I didn't see it. I'll have to wear better glasses. I'll check it out again tomorrow.

Again Thanks for your time!
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Thanks for the information. I found those 3 bolts, but the headlight assembly was stubborn. I worried about breakage. I'll try again after I give it a go at adjusting the headlights as "Ray G" recommended.
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Just. Have. Faith.

You aren't going to break or scratch anything - just needs a bit of courage and determination. Maybe a couple of weetabix might help
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There are only three 6mm screws holding the lamps in, two along the upper edge of the lamp and one on the side of the lamp assembly closest to the radiator. After that it's a solid push with your hand to get them to spring out, they are tight and seem to catch along the lower edge on the bumper trim so a bit of persistence is needed. Before changing the bulbs have you tried adjusting the lamps? From the factory they are set waaayyyyy low. Mine had a perfect pool of light about 20 feet in front of the car then nothing. Park nose in towards a wall headlights on low beam, on level ground of course and back about 15, 20 feet, and see where the 'cut line' is in relation to the car, you will see a definite horizontal cut off point above which there is very little light. The cut line measured up the wall should be about 2 - 3 inches below the small dimple moulded into the headlight cover in front of the low beam projector lens. Mine was about 18 inches below! After adjusting mine no more complaints about the lights, they are not search lights but quite good by modern car standards. The adjusters are visible looking straight down the rear of the headlight assembly, looks like a star wheel give it a go.
I tried adjusting the lights prior to replacing the bulbs. Missing from your advice was the fact that the coolant recovery tank has to be removed to adjust the passenger side bulb. Once accomplished, it was easy to adjust the bulb.
I'll see the results of my efforts early Tuesday morning when I leave for my next road trip. By the way, what is the bulb # for the low beam headlights?
Again thanks for your time and info.
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Perhaps LHD versions have a slightly different coolant recovery tank? On mine you can adjust the star washer from the top of the lamp with a long star (Philips head) driver, this then drives the edges of the star adjuster around. Hope it goes well, cheers.
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