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    Cabriolet headlight removal

    Hi all,
    was hoping someone could confirm that there is only 1 back screw to loosen per headlight when removing them from a cabriolet. I've read various guides and watched a vid on YouTube that all say to remove 2 Torx head screws on top and 2 Torx head screws to loosen per headlight, but when I've looked and removed my air box feed, I can see only one back screw to loosen. I then saw a very brief comment on another forum saying there is only one screw to loosen when doing the job on a cabriolet ( which seems to back up what I've seen!). Has anyone done this, and can you confirm?

    i need the answer specifically for a cabriolet please

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    I can't remember exactly but it's deffo either two or three, there down the back of the headlight, possible one on the crossmember as well. Been a while since I did it but I managed it easily, only took max 10 mins per side, unbolt then they slide out without having to remove the bumper.
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    2 on the top to take out 1 at the bottom to loosen off then slide n wiggle out it pops don't forget the multiplug !

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    Put some low tack tape or plastic film on top of the bumper to prevent scratches too.
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    Thanks guys, that really helps! I was stumped, as every guide mentioned 2 screws on top to remove, 2 at the back to loosen off, but it seems that's only saloons/avants!

    j88ner - what do you mean by multiplug (sorry if I'm being thick!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarlow0032 View Post
    Thanks guys, that really helps! I was stumped, as every guide mentioned 2 screws on top to remove, 2 at the back to loosen off, but it seems that's only saloons/avants!

    j88ner - what do you mean by multiplug (sorry if I'm being thick!)
    clips damage easily on the electrical connector, the trick is to push it in before you release it Replacing damaged headlight connector body - guide
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    Hi all, finally got round to looking at this today (needed a T30 Torx!). Managed to get the light unit out ok, but can't work out how to remove the multiplug, and having seen the link to how many broken ones there are, erred on the side of caution. Can anyone help a numpty with how to do it please? Not sure what needs to push in or pul?

    also, I can get the flap off the back and it seems easy to replace the main beam bulb, but how do you get at the side light and dipped bulb? Are there further screws to remove once inside the light unit?

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    The sidelight is on a white plastic slider beneath the centre projector,you pull it back and the lamp is on the end of it. I think my dipped beam lamp (hid) needed to have a plastic ring unscrewed to get the lamp out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarlow0032 View Post
    Hi all, finally got round to looking at this today (needed a T30 Torx!). Managed to get the light unit out ok, but can't work out how to remove the multiplug, and having seen the link to how many broken ones there are, erred on the side of caution. Can anyone help a numpty with how to do it please? Not sure what needs to push in or pul?

    also, I can get the flap off the back and it seems easy to replace the main beam bulb, but how do you get at the side light and dipped bulb? Are there further screws to remove once inside the light unit?
    perhaps reading this and my last post will give you a help - Broken Tabs. How do I remove headlight harness plug?
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    So I think I'm pushing it in, then using a flat head screwdriver in the tab thing to lever it out?
    Am i right in saying that I have to remove the main beam bulb to get at the others? Are there any detailed guides on how to replace each bulb?

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    Well, the saga continues... I've had another fiddle at lunchtime, worked out how to remove the wiring plug.
    Can anyone give me a link to, or information on, how the different bulbs are accessed? When I had a look yesterday, main beam seems obvious, but the bulbs for sidelight and dipped don't seem obvious? Am I removing screws, or just unscrewing bulbs etc?
    Any help appreciated,
    Paul

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    2012-12-18 14.56.52.jpg

    You slide the white plastic bit out of the back of the headlight unit to replace the sidelight. The dipped beam is removed on mine in the photo but you can see where it sits. You need a small torx bit to remove the three screws holding it in.

    Just had my headlights out looking for a solution to my poor xenon performance, quite obvious now but not sure how I'm going to repair them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudedaubin View Post
    Just had my headlights out looking for a solution to my poor xenon performance, quite obvious now but not sure how I'm going to repair them.
    what will you need to repair?
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    1994 80 Cabriolet 2.0
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    Look at the area above the bulb holder, its burnt out , all of the reflective surface inside is black/ burnt and there's a big crack on it.
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    Ahhh, yes. it's obvious now.

    That's not going to be helping your xenon light output.
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    1994 80 Cabriolet 2.0
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    Doing my head in now, might just take it to Halfords! Got light unit off, managed to change main beam and sidelight, but can't seem to get dipped out? Rudedaubin, mine looks different to yours, I can see 2 T20 Torx screws which i've removed, but there seems to be a white plastic ball clip arrangement round the back side which I can't seem to shift? The dipped bulb unit looks like it might just twist out, but when I tried there was no real give so I didn't want to snap anything off! Any ideas? Picture below shows the block with 2 torx screws (one of which is removed) and although the other crew was loose, I couldn't shift the block. The dipped bulb is the one to the right of the photo with a blue plug in it.

    lights2.jpg
    Also, replaced the side light with a LED and it just doesn't light up, but also doesn't throw up any warnings on the DIS - is it likely to be a one-off dud? I never had chance to try the other LED sidelight in it to see if it was just a dud as I ran out of time.

    Miffed to say the least. On the plus side, I'm a wiz at getting the light unit in and out now!

    Related question - has anyone used toothpaste to refresh their lights? Saw it on youtube and wondered if it worked? If it does, do you need to put anything else on the lights afterwards?
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    You have halogen lights, not Xenon, so are different.

    Workshop manual says to turn dipped beam bulb anti-clockwise and pull out.

    Toothpaste works as a mild abrasive, just buff off.
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    1994 80 Cabriolet 2.0
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    Thanks Jason, I really appreciate the help. Can you just confirm please, I rotate the full silver circle anti clockwise, or just rotate the blue plug which is in the middle of the circle? Should I be able to do it without removing the central square block with the Torx screws in it?

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    Does anyone know if its the full silver circle I turn, or just the blue plug?

    also, does anyone know on the led sidelight bulbs, is there a right way and a wrong way to fit them? They slot in with a flat connector, is there a positive and negative, or should they work either way?

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    Well I've finally worked out how to get the dipped bulb out, which contrary to everything on here is not a H7 bulb, it's a H9! Ring don't seem to do a 120% H9 bulb, so can any cabriolet owners who've changed all their bulbs recommend a crisp white H9 bulb please? I'm guessing the cabriolet is different to saloon/avant?

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    Well, finally managed to fit all 3 bulbs to driver's side (most fiddly because of the air intake), just need to fit the final bulb to passenger side today (dipped H9 bulb). Will try and take some photos later. Most impressed with the sidelight bulbs, look fab :-)

    Could do to sort out rear number plate LEDs now. Best to speak to t8ups?

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    Why the post dislike? The information I gave you is correct.

    I have bulbs from Trups in my rear plate lights, they've been in a year or so and have had no issue's, good price too.
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    Hi quattrojames, definitely wasn't an intentional post dislike, sorry if it offended. You've been really helpful, thank you. I'm posting from an iPhone with a broken screen so I could have hit anything! Can't fault anyone on this forum, everyone on here genuinely seems to want to help.

    i hope my trials and tribulations will help someone else if they come to change their cabriolet headlights. I'll try and put up some pictures tomorrow when I'm back in work showing a halfway shot and then a final finished photo.

    quattrojames, I meant to ask, are your rear number plate bulbs Led ones or just clearer halogen bulbs?

    thanks again for your help

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