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    Question Facelift Bulb replacement

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    Has anyone braved bulb replacment on the facelift yet? Mine has AFL but I expect the halogen system to be similar design at the rear. According to the handbook you have to visit a dealer to replace the bulbs. From what I can gather the bumper has to be released and the light assembly partly removed to gain access to the bulb holders.

    I was going to change my sidelight bulbs as they look yellow next to the dipped xenons. I had a look today and there is no way of getting to the bulbs without getting the headlight out quite a bit.

    Just wondering if anyone has done it on the facelift before i start removing things. I might as well go for the silver vision indicator bulbs now as well as sidelight bulbs if i have to remove the light to get to them all.

    Paul.

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    Appreciated Duncan.

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    What a bl00dy nightmare!! I challenge anyone to change indicator bulbs or sidelight ones on the facelift. Not sure what standard lights are like but the AFL lights are horendous! Took me two hours just to do one side. Its more or less complete bumper off job, in fact it's safer to take it off so you can completely remove the headlight.

    There is absolutley no chance of changing a bulb with the light in place, it has to be removed or at least 3/4's removed to get access especially to the side light bulb.

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    Thumbs up Facelift Bulb Replacement

    Upgraded both headlight/dipped bulbs on my 08 cdti sri, LHS not too bad after removing washer spout & fuse cover etc, but for the RHS,found that you can force off the plastic air pipe between the grill & the air-box which gives you enough room to access the main beam/sidelight.(easier when the engine has warmed up said pipe to make it more pliable). There is then just enough space to twist off the back cover on the dipped beam, press down on the bulb to free it from holder & use a long flat screwdriver to gently prise off the electrical connection whilst holding bulb. Use same screwdriver as a lever to press against connector when replacing the new bulb (ensuring you hold bulb with protective sleeve to keep your greasy paws off the glass).
    Pop new bulb back into headlamp holder, replace cover, re-fit air pipe, jobs a good un.

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