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    Have bought a new rear light unit on my 2008 Vectra hatchback after some kind soul bashed the current one in. Looks dead simple to change it over so not worried about that but I've never attempted anything like this before and I'm not sure what I need to undo the nuts holding it in place. I have no tools whatsoever so am starting from scratch.

    Any help would be great thanks.

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    i did mine when i bought it as i have an sri but it had a combi on drivers side that wasnt smoked, just a couple of nuts (10mm) i think on the inside and it just pulls out, disconnect it, change the light fitting over to the new and just pop it back in and put nuts back on, its dead easy m8

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    there are 3 nuts and one of the nuts on the nearside is a bit of a pig to get out

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    Since you have no tools go to Halfords and get a cheap socket set you will need a 10mm for this job also if you are planning any other small tasks in the future as you get adventurous get a set of Torx bits as well the car is covered in T20's. If that is too rich for you blood change your location from UK to something more specific and you never know some member local to you will probably give you a hand and is likely to have some tools as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulhb View Post
    Since you have no tools go to Halfords and get a cheap socket set you will need a 10mm for this job also if you are planning any other small tasks in the future as you get adventurous get a set of Torx bits as well the car is covered in T20's. If that is too rich for you blood change your location from UK to something more specific and you never know some member local to you will probably give you a hand and is likely to have some tools as well.
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    Vauxhall do love there T20's dont they

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    Thanks a lot for that, really helpful. I'll head off to Halfords then. I do like the idea of doing this sort of thing myself so will take the hint about the T20s!

    And if all fails I'll edit my location...

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    To change the rear light clusters all you will need is a pair of pliers to undo the nuts.
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    Thanks everyone, job done. Extremely simple but whoever said the third nut was a ****** to get to wasn't wrong! Anyway, it's a small thing but I'm pretty pleased with myself so thanks for the help

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    8mm nuts, look at their positions on the new light cluster for where they are. Did mine a couple of days back. 3 nuts is all, easiest to disconnect the wiring for the bulbs, and remove the bulb holder from the cluster first, the top nut on the nearside is a b***h due to the fuse box set up.

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