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    Default I didnt know vauxhall were japanese, help headlights!!!

    Hello guys. Ive got a dodgy headlight bulb on the drivers side. Thank god it isnt the passenger side, as that would mean removing the filler spout. God knows where vauxhall find europeans with small enough hands to fit in the available space to do the job! Its a 2004 vectra by the way! Anyhow, I understand the technique to getting the old lamp off is to remove the cover and simply rotate it to the left. Ive tried and tried but its not moving. If im honest Im a bit worried about damaging the housing as Ive given it all I can in the little space available and the next step would have to be mechanical intervention.

    Is there anything Im missing that the manual isnt telling me? Any tips/tricks/miracles out there?? Ive tried it both ways, incase the manual was wrong but it only wants to move a fraction!

    As a plus my vectra has went a good 7 months without snapping a single spring!! Wooooo!

    Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me!

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    drop the bumper down and remove the headlight easy peasy then you can see clearly

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    Wow! Thanks for the tip. This is probably a stupid question but is that going to be a big job? Im more of a bike man than cars so I dont know if removing the headlight will affect its alignment, will this be an issue?

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    No need to remove the bumper if you don't want too. There is a spring clip that holds the lamp in, release the cable connector, release spring clip, remove lamp
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    You are right to twist it (thats the way my one is) leave the connector on until you have the bulb out and that gives ya somthing to hold on to. Oh and btw the passenger side i find is easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villers View Post
    Hello guys. Ive got a dodgy headlight bulb on the drivers side. Thank god it isnt the passenger side, as that would mean removing the filler spout. !
    The filler spout just unclips from the bonnet slam panel and pulls out the washer bottle. It literally took me 10 seconds to remove it last night to change a dipped beam bulb on my facelift Vectra. Couldn't be simpler - unlike the offside bulbs where you either have to remove the bumper or the air filter box to gain sufficient access.

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    i was going to change my indicatof bulbs to the silver colour ones is there an easy way to get themj out

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverlandandy View Post
    i was going to change my indicatof bulbs to the silver colour ones is there an easy way to get themj out
    Lol a hammer but good luck getting them back in again

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    Beware of touching the headlamp bulb glass with bare fingers....I use a dry paper tissue when handling 'em as the sweat/oil from bare fingers can mark the glass ...you might get a fingerprint imprinted on it/ 'em... a guy from a photography club I used to go to did just that when changing the projector bulb (a halogen type bulb)...as well as illuminating the slides, his fingerprint was there for all to see on the screen....Cheers

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    Cheers lads, I guess I'll just have to crack on and twist it until it breaks or my fingers bleed. Just another reason of many why I regret ever signing the V5 for the Vectra!!

    Thanks though!!

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