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General Chat Thread, Replacing a headlight bulb in General; Can just changing a headlight bulb affect the beam setting? I'm sure it looks a bit higher now. Guess I'll ...
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    Replacing a headlight bulb

    Can just changing a headlight bulb affect the beam setting? I'm sure it looks a bit higher now. Guess I'll find out at the MOT.

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    it may appear brighter than the old bulb, should be fitted in same way as previous bulb too, else you can point them up a bit (I managed to do that on my mondeo many moons ago, the MOT tester was nice enough to correct that for me too, was the vehicles only fault in fairness)

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    If it isn't level the MOT station normally sort this for you as its a difficult one to do yourself.

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    Could happen if you haven't quite got the lamp in square in the hole.

    Why oh why are car manufacturers ALLOWED to make it so difficult to change lamps? IMHO it ought to be possible for "the average motorist" to change all 10 safety critical lamps at the side of the road, in the rain, with no tools. None of this "Remove trim from wheel arch..." Grrrr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Could happen if you haven't quite got the lamp in square in the hole.

    Why oh why are car manufacturers ALLOWED to make it so difficult to change lamps? IMHO it ought to be possible for "the average motorist" to change all 10 safety critical lamps at the side of the road, in the rain, with no tools. None of this "Remove trim from wheel arch..." Grrrr...
    Yep sounds like it's not quite in right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Why oh why are car manufacturers ALLOWED to make it so difficult to change lamps?
    RANT - Honda Jazz - Whoever decided you could access the front lights through a flap in the underside of the mudguard needs shooting... /RANT

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    It is located correctly, it might just be my imagination. I'll check it on the garage door when I get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJWhite1970 View Post
    RANT - Honda Jazz -
    Funnily enough, exactly the car I was thinking of!

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    Different bulbs do have different brightness levels

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJWhite1970 View Post
    RANT - Honda Jazz - Whoever decided you could access the front lights through a flap in the underside of the mudguard needs shooting... /RANT
    I think the Renault Megane is the same

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    Smart car needs front bumper removing!

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    it is possible to replace the bulb and put back in correctly but be at a slight angle... I've done this several times - as MatthewL mentioned the MOT centre will correct it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    Smart car needs front bumper removing!
    So did the MK4 Golf Was a bugger to do when it was pouring down and needed swapping

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Could happen if you haven't quite got the lamp in square in the hole.

    Why oh why are car manufacturers ALLOWED to make it so difficult to change lamps? IMHO it ought to be possible for "the average motorist" to change all 10 safety critical lamps at the side of the road, in the rain, with no tools. None of this "Remove trim from wheel arch..." Grrrr...
    mk5 polo was a front bumper off job, glad to say vw has learned and the new polo is two screws and the whole headlight comes off... it definately soulds like the lightbulb isn't square in the mounting.

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    Have to say having done it on the mk2 focus a few times its a single screw and a couple of clips to get the headlight assembly out. Not too bad after the first attempt



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