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#1 jeebowhite

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

Hi Guys,

As above, I cant get the headlight assembly out. Prodded the retaining clips (both of them) and unscrewed the main bolt. However, due to the fact that the headlight assembly is bigger on the edges and kisses the wing, I cant pull the thing out! As I tug it, its almost like its latched somewhere else... I dont know whether I need to just whack it royally or what but I cannot get the thing out! :@

Any suggestions?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

I had this first two times with my focus headlamps... Just a big whack sorted it!!

What does it say in the manual?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

You need to wiggle it and turn it to remove it from the bumper cutout.
Same problems on a focus.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

Thanks chaps, I was tempted to wack but didn't know the best place to wack it! I will give it another go tomorrow probably or dedicate a bit more time at the weekend.

I have read somewhere that there may be another form of nut somewhere on the side bolting it to the wing...? does that ring any bells?

Otherwise your saying just keep tugging, and twist the assembly from the grillside to the outside?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

On the old focus there were 3 bolts holding the lamp in. And one of these was inside the wing... So you may well be correct

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Thanks Dave, my only query is why would mine have the side bolts, and everyone else just the prongs and the torx on top...

I may try pop out at lunch and give it a bit more of a vigorous workout... Might get them out...

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

Got their in the end!

Now I am just struggling to fathom out the removal of the H1 bulb...

My advice... Start by following the guide, when you have removed the torx screw start by prodding the horizontal plastic clip with the screwdriver, then stick on a pair of leather or gardening gloves...

Slide your hand down the side closest the centre of the car, and cup your hand around the light and the prong you just prodded, then lift up and pull the light slowly towards you (diagonally outwards) then as it becomes loose, take your hand out, and loosen the other prong, then cup again and pull! this will work the light out!

The gloves will prevent cuts and grazes and make gripping a lot easier too!

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