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Old 05-13-2008, 12:03 AM   #1
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well, tonight i tried taking out the headlights out of my '04 because i wanted to clear the corners on them. i took out the 2 obvious bolts that are located on the top of the lights, but i was kinda confused on why the headlights were remaining hung-up around the turn signal area.

so i got to looking around and i found that there is some sort of plastic clip holding onto the corner of the headlights. what is the easiest way of taking these headlight out??

the only thing i can think of doing, and i kind of experimented with this idea, but i jacked up the front of the car, took the driver'* side front tire off and took out the plastic inner fender well. unfortuately, i ran out of daylight, but is this the best way to get to that plastic clip in order for me to get my headlights out??
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there is a ball joint that goes in that plastic clip.
grab hold of the light with both hands and pull straight out. you will need to pull with some force.


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Theres probably a bit of dirt in there, you can rinse it first to free it up.
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i thought about just pulling on the headlight to see if it would pop free, but i was afraid of breaking something.

but awesome....i appreciate all your help!!
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WAIT! before you tug and pull it out, slip a piece of cardboard under the lens to protect the plastic bumper from being scratched...I learned this the hard way and my poor car has scars to prove it.
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alright, so i just got done clearing the driver'* side front headlight; looks great, no problems!

i just took out the passenger side headlight and that little ball joint broke off inside of that plastic piece. i'm sure that ball joint is a pretty important piece so i'm going to superglue it back into place and am going to hope that it will be enough to hold.

any other suggestions about what i should do to fix that broken ball joint??????
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I have had a missing ball joint for a few years now, dont miss it. Bolt up and go.
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ok, so i went ahead and heavily super-glued that ball joint and let it dry for quite a while and seems to be holding quite well.

so now i have both headlights cleared and they looking AMAZING!!!
now onto clearing the rears!

thanks for all the help everyone!
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I had that same issue getting it out on the pass side, also broke the ball joint. Bolted back in, no problems...
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