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Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper
Guide is for front nearside headlight
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17-04-2008
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I don't know anything about cars but found this easy and done in less than 20mins.

Firstly credit to the orginal poster who posted this method in a thread a while ago.

Secondly you don't need to remove bumper or battery, just 6 normal cross head screws and wheel arch shield

Lastly pitures paint a thousand words so I have done this guide in piture form. Click on each picture to expand and read the text.

The was done on a '52 5 door Abarth and all access was from the wheel arch.

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Old 17-04-2008   #1
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Aargh, why was the Gallery used?!

YOu need to use the ATTACHMENTS facility, as per the guide to the GUIDES.

Let me sort it out in the next few days
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Quote Originally Posted by Stu DemonD View Post
Aargh, why was the Gallery used?!

YOu need to use the ATTACHMENTS facility, as per the guide to the GUIDES.

Let me sort it out in the next few days
Spent on hour trying to find the guide to doing Guides lol when I couldn't find it I just tried to cobble it together...and it looks it too...I am going to redo it

EDIT

Redone it with attachment...yes I have now found the Guide to Guides...didn't find it in the "how to section though"...probably just me?
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Having taken out the wash bottle when in a forest in Scotland during a snow shower and having skinned my knuckles after removing the battery to do the other side , I shall try this technique next time.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Quote Originally Posted by JD4341 View Post
Spent on hour trying to find the guide to doing Guides lol when I couldn't find it I just tried to cobble it together...and it looks it too...I am going to redo it

EDIT

Redone it with attachment...yes I have now found the Guide to Guides...didn't find it in the "how to section though"...probably just me?
its at the bottom of the list
http://www.fiatforum.com/guides/
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Well it sounds as easy as the drivers side done in the same way.... Nice and thanx for this.... I will give it a try!

Question is....how come the Stiloboyz didnt know?

Or is there a catch somewhere?
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

I did mine in situ, without removing much at all

BUT it killed my hands haha.

Ffoxy, you got a new car?
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Used this method last week and it worked. Found it easier by jacking the car and removing the wheel although I have to say that getting the headlight cover off and back on again was by far the hardest part. Think I'll go via the bumper removal option when I fit a HID kit. Could only find 5 screws holding the wheel arch cover on though!!!
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

I did mine exactly the same way works perfectly
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Interesting and useful guide but sadly the method described in this guide didn't work for me I do have hands the size of shovels which may have limited my ability to follow this guide properly though

As I write I'm mid-changing the n/s headlamp bulb (I'm on a well deserved coffee/fag/breakfast break) and have had to take the battery out and play around with all sorts of sh*te in order to get at the bulb..... always knew it would be a charlie uniform november tango of a job but what a truly awful piece of design

Hope everything goes back in properly
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Could only find 5 screws holding the wheel arch cover on though!!!
Screw No.6 found underneath the car holding the back of the wheel arch liner on just underneath the door.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Thanks for the tip, Although not quite as straight foward as I thought it was going to be, Maybe because mine is a diesel ? I had an oil cooler in the way that i thought better left in place, plus the bloody battery tray is totally fouling getting the plastic cover off the back of headlight.
so ended up removing a bracket fom inside the wing, I then had loads of room !
Wish I had known about this before doing the drivers side as it took me 2 hours as the spring clip from the bulb holder fell off and ended up having to use a mirror to get clip on.
The Italians may make the sexiest cars but they sure don't make it easy to do a simple job like changing a bulb.
Whilst I am on here, Does anyone have any good tips on making my car corner better as it is a bit all over the place.
I bought a strut brace but as mine is a diesel it fouls the fuel filter so was not able to fit it.
Am thinking about making my own one or perhaps lowering it a little bit, maybe 20mm as i allready foul the speed bumps.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

If you're not too keen on lowering but want to tighten up the floaty, wobbly handling, consider fitting Koni adjustable dampers. They will transform the car. Not cheap, but well worth it.
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

Thanks a lot!!!
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Re: Change Headlight Blub without removing bumper

now i had this problem,and it turned out to be a bad earth, and once i had prised the light cover off a quick shove with a long screwdriver to push the bulb back in properly did the trick.of course i only found that out after i had messed around with all the other palaver,but i would suggest checking this first.still i now have a spare bulb,every cloud ect ect.
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