Headlight Removal

Last updated: July 7, 1998
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 04:38:21 -0400
From: Rippin

To get to the bulbs you must:

Pop the hood and with the headlights down, remove the two phillips screws in the rear of the headlights which hold the headlight cover on (these are in the engine bay area).

Then facing the front of the car, pop up the lights and remove the 4 phillips screws on the left and right side of the Black plastic cover that goes around the headlight.

Now you can see the last phillip screws that hold on the top cover. Remove these and pull off the top cover.

Now you can see the rubber boot and metal retainer clip. Remove the wires into the light, then the boot, then the clip.

Pull out the bulb and you got it.

Remember not to get any grease or oils on the new bulb when replacing. And you will probably have to pop the lights up and down a few times to get the cover realigned with the hood and body when puting it back together.


Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 09:06:06 -0500
From: Tom Walsh (TWalsh@achieversusa.com)

Here are the steps:

  1. Press the dash button to make the headlights stay in the up position.

  2. remove the black "facia" that surrounds the light.

  3. This will expose two screws that attach the front of the headlight cover to the head light assembly. You might want to score the screws position before you remove it to ensure that you place the headlight cover in the same spot after you are done (this will help in aligning the headlight cover.)

  4. Press the button to make the headlights go back down.

  5. Open the hood.

  6. Remove the two screws located on the back of the headlight unit. These hold down the headlight cover in the rear. Again score them with an awl to make alignment easier in the end.

  7. Remove the headlight cover.

  8. On the back of the headlight you will see a wire harness entering the light. Twist the fitting and it should disconnect from the headlight housing.

  9. The light bulb is attached to the harness when you pull it out.

  10. Remove light bulb and repeat in reverse order.



Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2000 12:17:34 -0500
From: David Disney (disney7@icx.net)

>2) remove the black "facia" that surrounds the light.

At this point I just removed the three adjustment screws from the front of the headlight unit. This lets you drop the light out and there was enough slack for me to easily unplug the harness. This worked great for me and kept me from having to remove the top covers.

I would suggest using some paint or nail polish to mark the positions of the adjustment screws before your remove them. Also, don't be tempted to use a power drill to remove the adjustment screws (they are quite long). A drill will spin them so fast (removing or installing) that it will heat up and soften the plastic grommets, causing them to strip out.

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