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    how to replace passenger side headlight bulb

    hi all,

    the passenger side bulb went out and I tried to replace it by loosing the washer fluid tank but still the space is so tight that
    I cannot take out the black plastic cap, looks like I need to remove the headlight assembly ? any other idea if there is a DIY post/video please point
    me to it. thanks a lot.

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    Amber corner comes out by unscrewing the Phillips in the first hold on the fender. That will allow you to remove the trim under the headlight. There are 4 (I think) screws that hold the headlight in- 2 on top, 2 below. Unplug each lamp and that’s that. Try this one.....

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkqw1ZV5794


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    You can also just loosen the washer reservoir and move it a bit to try to get a little more space that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhp4life View Post
    hi all,

    the passenger side bulb went out and I tried to replace it by loosing the washer fluid tank but still the space is so tight that
    I cannot take out the black plastic cap, looks like I need to remove the headlight assembly ? any other idea if there is a DIY post/video please point
    me to it. thanks a lot.

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    Is that a HARD plastic cap?? Mine are rubberized and pop right off...

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    thanks everyone, let me try. No it is a rubberized and it can pop but I cannot remove it due to very tight space.

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    Yea it’s probably easiest overall to just take the headlight assembly out.

    And if you’re replacing xenon bulbs, you’ll want to do them in pairs or they’ll have different colors left to right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenkirsh View Post
    Yea it’s probably easiest overall to just take the headlight assembly out.

    And if you’re replacing xenon bulbs, you’ll want to do them in pairs or they’ll have different colors left to right.
    Seriously? It was a while ago for me, but I definitely remember just getting my hands in there to do it... Maybe i have small hands lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LiterStraightSix View Post
    Seriously? It was a while ago for me, but I definitely remember just getting my hands in there to do it... Maybe i have small hands lol

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    On the xenons?


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    Stewart WP - Z4M LCAB - M3 trans/motor mounts - DICE MediageBridge Duo - ARC-8 17x8.5"
    DrVANOS - Mason Engineering Race Strut Bar - E30 Exp. Cap
    Bilstein PSS10 - Turner Sway Bars 27/21 - ECST RTAB Limiters - R.E. RSM


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LiterStraightSix View Post
    Seriously? It was a while ago for me, but I definitely remember just getting my hands in there to do it... Maybe i have small hands lol

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    I've done it before as well, but it's extremely difficult to get the cover back on in such a tight space!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenkirsh View Post
    On the xenons?
    Yep

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