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I'm in the process of installing my HID kit into my Optima, and for the life of me, I can't remove the assemblies. I went to the KIA tech info site, and it describes removing an interfering radiator bolt, which doesn't exist comparing the picture to my car.
If you have the two 10mm bolts out, the assemblies are still held in by a clip (maybe 2?). Sometimes that clip doesn't want to let go, and it takes a significant amount of force to get it to release. Just take care not to break it.
My Garage has: 2006 Sedona EX 3.8L, Loaded, 213k miles----2006 Sedona LX 3.8L, Convenience Pkg, 242k miles----2007 Optima EX 2.4L, Loaded, 87k miles----2007 Rondo LX 2.4L, Convenience Pkg, 54k miles----2009 Amanti 3.8L, Loaded, 62k miles
So there is just two bolts then? It seems like the clip closest to the fender is the culprit, as the side of the assembly towards the grille, comes out. I guess I'll need to pull harder, it just seems like I'm going to rip the front end off if I pull harder.
Yes, I removed the plastic cover. There aren't any bolts where the diagram shows there to be. I looked down the side, and such and there wasn't anything there that's holding the assembly to the radiator/grille area.
I had the same problem with those very tight clips on the headlight corners,when upgrading my low beam projectors to HID on my 07 Optima. Check out this link, with pictures. All the bolts on ours should be 10 mm, but those clips are so stubborn. Always remember to apply silicone to all bolts, clips and body trim when removing them to aid in easing future access. Be sure to verify all installed bulbs before replacement. Replace Headlight, Driving Light, And Turn Signal Bulbs On A 2002 Kia Optima
Last edited by l.r.vanallen; 01-07-2013 at 11:32 PM.
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