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#1 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 10:23 AM
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Ok, I bought a brand new spectra about 8 months ago and I want to replace the stock headlight bulbs with some new ones. The only problem is after taking out the 3 bolts the headlight will still not come out. Iv'e been to Kiatechinfo.com and it only shows 3 bolts that need to be removed. Iv'e pulled and pulled, to the point where I was rocking the car back an forth by just tugging on the headlight. I can only get it out about 1/4 of the way on the outside and it seems like I'm missing a bolt or something on the side of the headlight closest to the grille. Please help!
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There's 2 bolts on top and the third is a nut on the back of the headlight. The stud that the nut threads onto comes out with the headlamp assembly. I also remove the little black clip on the front bumper/grille just above the inside of the headlamp. It allows the grille/bumper area to flex a little. They still come out pretty tough, but it should work for you. Good luck.
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There is also a "snap clip" on the outer edge of the headlight (edge of headlight towards fender) similar to the old "pop-beads" concept.
You have to lightly bump the lens to reinstall it also.
My wife has a 2007 and it's the same.
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Stock bulbs are lame. I just upgraded to HIDs. Save yourself the headache and just upgrade the stockers to HID then you won't have to replace the bulbs...for years.
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