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Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper
Guide is for front nearside headlight
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17-04-2008
I don't know anything about cars but found this easy and done in less than 20mins. <br />
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Firstly credit to the orginal poster who posted this method in a thread a while ago. <br />
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Secondly you don't need to remove bumper or battery, just 6 normal cross head screws and wheel arch
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Quote Originally Posted by Chris017 View Post
THIS METHOD IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE JTD STILO AS THERE IS TOO MANY THINKS IN THE WAY. SO THINK THE BEST METHOD IS PULLING THE BUMPER OFF AS IM TRYING TO DO NOW.
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This method does work on a JTD not easy but patience - by god you have to have patience owning one of these - is the key, I also disconnected power and raised the wire loom up this gave me more room to manipulate the cover still took me about 40 mins though

Perhaps we should have a speed challenge for changing a near side bulb.... on 2nd thoughts why don't I just go and bang my head against a brick wall !!!
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Found this easier up until fitting the back cover. Ended up breaking the lug location slots because I didn't have the space to locate the cover lugs into the slots. Overall, it gave better access to the bulbs than taking the battery out but I think time wise - for me, removing the battery is a better option. I've done the battery twice and this once.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Great guide. I found this even easier by using a screwdriver head on a small socket set wrench...saves having to keep turning the wheel to get at the screws. Thanks.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Wish me luck chaps...headlight bulb gone...just going in now...I may be gone for some time....
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

don't understand what all the fuss is about i can change bulbs on both sides of my stilo without taking bumper or arch liners off, drivers side just unbolt the screen wash bottle, passenger side remove battery and fold back the battery box and wedge it out of the way with a piece of wood while i change the bulb simple.

oh and i've also got hands the size of shovels.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

this was a BRILLIANT guide, spent all afternoon trying to refit cover on n/s light, took wheel off and then wheel arch liner and hey presto cover was back on, can't understand why it is so difficult! what is the point in keeping spare bulbs in the car anyway? no way could you do this repair at the roadside
any way thanks again
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Only have a 1.4 model but it took me over an hour to change the RH side dipped beam about one year ago. That was by doing it the way it is meant to be by FIAT (without removing bumper, wheel arch or washer bottle). But also the first time since owning a Stilo.

With that in mind I drove to work this morning, even after noticing the RH side had blown again (was a cheap spare delivered with the car by the occasion dealer). No way that I would change it when I have a narrow timeframe to get to work.

Back home after work I got geared up to change the bulb at the side of the street. Removing electrical connector (learned how to the last time): easy. Removing the cover: easy. Replacing the bulb: easy. Getting the cover back on... Last time that took me ages as it never seemed to fit snug. But I learned back then that guiding the pins at the cover's outboard side into the slots was important. Now, just guiding the lower pin, made it very easy to get the cover back on. Took me less than 10 minutes to replace.

But as said: I only have a 1.4 engine. My engine bay has enough space to fit an extra engine in there.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

And today the LH side had blown. Prepared for the worst, but it was again really easy. No need for me to remove the battery or battery tray. The biggest problem was to fit back the "spring" that holds the lamp in place, as it came off together with the bulb. But again, only a 1.4 engine, so apparently more spacious compared to the bigger engines. Removal and installation in less than 10 minutes.

Now with experience on both LH and RH side replacement, I'd even think that LH is easier as there is no darn washer bottle in the way.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Hi Thanks for the guide Ive just changed both bulbs on my 1.6 Stilo and saved £100 which my local dealer wanted to charge plus £13 pounds each for the bulbs. Getting the cover back on the offside was a bit tricky but after I removed the screen wash bottle it went back a lot easier, It took just over the hour to do, I did waste some time as the fuse had blown as well as the bulb.
Halfords also wanted £30 pounds to fit each bulb but i did get two bulbs for£19.99 as they are on special at the moment.
Thanks again
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Thanks for the excellent guide, I've just changed the dipped headlight bulb on my Stilo JTD. I actually removed the wheel arch cover and the wheel too, found it so much easier to access all the screws and the light cluster itself. Annoyingly the most hassly point came when trying to clip the bulb holder back in place, took me ages until I worked out I was doing it wrong! Anyway the whole thing, including taking the wheel off and putting it back on took about 40 mins. Without this guide I'd never have managed it at all.

As an amusing aside, when I went to get the bulb from Halfords they made the usual offer to fit it for me. I told them I didn't think they'd be able to do it. "Our fitters are very experienced", they said. So I thought oh ok let's see what happens. The guy came out and took one look at it and told me it was a garage job. Fortunately I now know it isn't
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Help!

OK, so I have reviewed every picture and every comment.

But for the life of me I cannot work out how to get the light case lid off!
I have moved the clip out of the way.
The lid will move open and closed as much as it can in situ.
But It will not slide to the right, no matter what I try - yes I have tried brute force!

Thanks.

53, 1.8 petrol, manual, 3 door, Stilo Dyanmic
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wow, excellent guide.

Now at night my Stilo doesn't look like its got a lazy left eye...
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