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How To: Change a Headlight

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#1 techboy

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:57 PM

I know this is a pretty simple thing - but with Starquestforums SOS no longer around I'm trying to help rebuild by documenting even the easiest of tasks.  

So, here goes, changing a SQ headlap ...

TIME: 15 minutes a side (could be longer if you have rusted seized nuts/screws)
TOOLS: Philips or JIS Screwdriver, 10MM and 7MM nutdrivers

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First, you need to remove the 5 screws that hold the black headlight surround in place.  There's 2 to the inside, and 3 on the outside.

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If your surround is all faded looking, now would be a good time to pick up some trim and bumper paint in a spray can and give them a fresh coat. I did mine a while back, so they still look good.

In order to get the lamp actually out, you need to remove the metal headlight cover.  4 screws, 2 on each side.  You can use a screwdriver or a 10mm nut driver.
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To get the lamp to come out, there is a silver metal trim ring around the lamp that holds it in place.  I can't remember if I changed these bolts out for something different when I did my restore, but mine are a 7MM bolt.  Like I said, I forget what OEM was, so you might have to grab something else.  There's 2 up top, and 2 down below.

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The 2 down below are definitely in a hard to reach place.  If your car has decent pain and you don't want to ruin your header panel it might worth the extra minute to put a piece of painters tape on there to protect it before you go reaching in there with a tool.

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Trim ring with the 4 bolts holding it in place removed.
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Now, the lamp should pop out in your hand.

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There's a three prong connector on the back.  It might have been on there for a while so pry it off gently.  (Sorry, didn't take a picture of that). Nonetheless, once that's off you have removed the headlight.

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Grab your new one and reverse the process to put it all back together.  NOTE: If you look you will also see two long threaded bolts - one above and one to the side. Those are for adjusting the up/down and left/right pitch.  If your headlights are not aimed correctly, now would be a good time to mess with this too.

All back together.  Now, go do the other side.  It should go quicker b/c you know how to do it :P

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All done.

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Edited by techboy, 26 November 2018 - 05:00 PM.

1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
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1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 03:56 AM

Nice write up
I got blisters on my fingers!!!

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 06:23 AM

Awesome job man  very detailed

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:49 PM

View Post87redcat, on 27 November 2018 - 03:56 AM, said:

Nice write up

View Postcroquest87, on 27 November 2018 - 06:23 AM, said:

Awesome job man  very detailed

Thanks both of you.

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1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.
Feeback Thread | Motor rebuild thread | Restoration thread

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