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I innocently tried to install a replacement bulb in my 05 Spectra (passenger side) headlight. I mean, how hard can it be? Well, after unscrewing the waterproof cap, I saw the wire retaining clip holding in the bulb. I fussed with that for a while with no luck. I didn't know the trick. Then I made the mistake of unscrewing the screw that holds down the clip. It went TWANG and flew off. I recovered the wire, which looks like a twisted-up paper clip, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how it goes back in. Neither can my mechanic, at least not in the 15 minutes or so he fussed with it when I stopped by for a quick look.

He suggested I get a schematic diagram of the headlight assembly at the Kia dealer, then he could at least see how it's supposed to be oriented. I went to the dealer's parts department, but the diagram they printed shows everything except the clip. That's no help. The service department said they could "diagnose" the problem for $98, but were also willing to negotiate. No thanks. Something tells me they wouldn't negotiate to my price range, $1 for a couple turns of a screwdriver. They said it is a common problem they see all the time, but no free advice.

I thought I would take off the other headlight to compare, except the bumper was previously hit just hard enough to make the headlight assembly removal tough without some body work first. Any suggestions? Links to a how-to video, or a better diagram? Thanks much.
 

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How about visiting a local salvage/bone yard and looking at a headlight ass'y on one of their donor cars? This is a good place to get spare replacement parts.. Do an "inventory" of broken/missing parts to ask for at the yard make one of them the "clips" you need... I have removed and replaced my halogen bulbs with HIDs and know how to manipulate the retainer clips but i can't imagine how I could describe the process in words. The old saying "seeing is believing" or "one picture (video) is worth a thousand words" are the truth.
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Headlight bulb retaining clip on 04 KIA Spectra

I know what you mean about the clip going TWANG. I found it was cumbersome to do when the headlight was mounted in the car. What works best is getting the headlight assembly unmounted and work on it that way. Here's my post below about removing the headlight assembly, bulb and clip. Also when putting the clip back the end of the clip with the turn in it feed that under the brass clip on the left side then place the flattened end (opposite of the bend end) in the notch near the right side screw then tighten the right side screw.

I found the best way was to Remove the 2 10mm bolts on the top of the headlight assembly and the 1 10mm nut on the stud on the inner side of the headlight assembly. You have to push from the back and pull the assembly out towards the center of the car to dislodge the headlight assembly. The assembly will only come far enough out based on the wire assemblies length. Once the assembly is out you can flip it down to access the bulbs. Remove the plastic cap by turning a quarter turn. Disconnect the wire assembly. There are 3 screws inside, but only 2 are used to hold the spring clip. Observe how the spring clip is positioned before removing it. Loosen the phillips screw on the right side a few turns and hold on to it and it will loosen to be taken out. If you don't hold on to it it could fly out and end up elsewhere. Now the bulb is loosely cradled in the socket just take it out. Apply dielectric grease to the bulb contacts (optional). Do not touch the glass of the bulb. Place bulb back into the cradle. Put the left side of the spring clip under the brass retaining clip and position the right side in the notch next to the right side screw and tighten screw. Attach connector to bulb connections. Place headlight assembly back into car and line up the stud to go into clear hole. Tighten bolts. Job done.
 

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Headlight bulb retaining clip on 05 Spectra - Problem solved

Thank you for the advice to remove the entire headlight assembly. I don't think I ever would have been able to replace the clip without doing so. Maybe my fingers are too big and the space is too small. There were only 2 10mm bolts and on 10mm nut to remove. Then only a little wiggling and tugging to get the assembly out.

Then it is a relatively simple matter of orienting the clip and screwing it down with a phillips screwdriver. If the clip looks like a "V", then the two legs point to the passenger side, with the longer leg over the top. It hooks behind a tab.

After installing, i took a picture. Sorry it's a little grainy.
 

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Who ever invented this clip is a sadist. After replacing my BCM I had to replace one of my bulbs. It took me longer to get this thing back in then it did to replace the BCM.
 

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Kia Forte Bulb Retaining Wire Placement

I was so frustrated trying to get the wire placed correctly. Ended up removing the cover from the other headlight and snapped a good photo of the proper location, which is attached. Only took about 30 seconds to get it in once I knew how it should be oriented. The trick for me was to slide the short straight section of wire underneath the retaining screw first, then press down until the other end of the wire loops under the 'hook'.
 

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Part number of "Headlight retaining clip"

I was so frustrated trying to get the wire placed correctly. Ended up removing the cover from the other headlight and snapped a good photo of the proper location, which is attached. Only took about 30 seconds to get it in once I knew how it should be oriented. The trick for me was to slide the short straight section of wire underneath the retaining screw first, then press down until the other end of the wire loops under the 'hook'.
Could anyone help with part number of that headlight retaining clip?
Or even better where i can buy/order it?

Thanks for help
 

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Go to your local "pull a part" or at standard salvage yard find a smashed headlight ass'y that they would gladly sell you the part from...
Do a google search for
"pull a part north carolina"
That's the cheapest way... and you might find some more parts for your "Spectra" I rebuilt a "salvage" 97 Ford Ranger using nothing but these kind of parts...
Dave
 
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