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Changing 09 VE headlight globes

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by Maffmak, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Maffmak

    Maffmak New Member

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    Got a new set of headlight globes the other day and the bloke at supercheap could not help me with putting them in.

    My main problem is with the clip/tang/spring part that sits behind the globe to keep it in..

    When trying to change the globes I read on a forum on here about loosening one of the screws so that the clip was set free. I did this on both sides and now am unable to get the clip back in the right place to secure the new bulbs.

    Can anyone give us a hand with some pictures or how to fit it correctly?
     
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    You shouldnt have to undo any screws, where did you get that info from?

    The latch is spring loaded and sits under the little hook as seen in numeric's pictures.
     
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    I have grown to hate the H7 bulbs - I have had to replace three in three years.

    First thing, as Numeric & SSV point out, you don't have to undo any screws. God only knows how you'll get them back where they belong ...

    The bulb is held in by a sprung lever, that is hinged at one end, and sits under a hook at the other.
    There isn't much room for fingers down there, and it is only possible to eye-ball about 1% of the work-space.
    The diagrams in the Owner's Manual were very little help to me.
    So, the first time I had to replace a bulb, I was "blind", and it took a while for my imagination to create a mental image of what I was trying to achieve.
    I acquired a spare complete headlight unit: and I now look at that while my knuckles bleed.
    So, if you can't get one to look at, study Numeric's pics.

    Work out which end of the lever is the hinge, and the other end is where your fingers will be working.
    You have to free the end of the lever from under the hook: push it "in"; move it around the hook; and then swing it away.
    The bulb will come out easily. Note which way is "up" as you remove it.

    Next, insert new bulb - a potential problem is if the lever swings back in your way before the new bulb is home.
    the bulb will go in upside-down - not easily - but when you come to re-focus it, you'll realize that something is awry, and you have to remove & re-insert the bulb.
    Removing a bulb which is jammed-in the wrong way is even more difficult than removing one which seated correctly.
    Once the bulb is in the correct place, and correctly oriented, the you swing the lever back to where it belongs, and move the spring so that it is retained under the hook.
    The tension of the spring/lever is what holds the bulb in place.

    Job done !
     
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    Bumping an old thread as I had cause to do this the other day. Shorty 33's post above is spot on but here's a couple of extra things you might find helpful. I can only speak about the driver side low beam headlight globe replacement, which was what the original OP requested.

    First good tips re access etc were from this Youtube;



    I took a couple of photos which should assist;

    1) Globe in but with wiring plug pulled off;
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    2) Globe out;
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    Bottom line – with the above tips it really wasn't that hard.
     
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    I remember when I first did headlight bulbs without looking online and I took that darn screw out too ! God it was a headache to put back on !
     
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    Thanks for the pics mate.
     
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    I did the same thing but was swapping over to projectors, at least the headlights were out of the car!
     
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    Just finished this shite’ task
    Clip is a pest but don’t take the screws out every person recommends tab up ?
    Small hands an advantage
    Man hands expect some cuts ....
     
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    I have 2007 WM (VEI) 6 litre Stato with projector lights and my clips look nothing like the ones in the photo above. Mine do not have a spring clip, they have a little rotating clip which is weird because you can't orientate the large tang down as suggested (see pics below). I removed the front bar after an hour of frustration with changing bulbs as I was fitting LEDs. BTW, the LEDs are an amazing upgrade, very white lit with clean cutoff, but I did fit genuine $300 Phillips ones which I got for half price. You can see that the plug is different as well?
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    Had cause to change the passenger side low beam headlight on the 2010 VE today, forgot what a pain it was.
    Tip #1: DON'T be like me and drop the dust cover after screwing it off - did my head in trying to find where it had dropped down to - somehow managed to retrieve it by getting my arm way down under pipes and hoses and feeling where it was hiding - caused much swearing/sweating. :mad:
    Tip #2: Insert the H7 globe with the tab facing UP, not down as I tried to do for 15 mins and wondering why the wire clip wouldn't go back on - more swearing/sweating. :mad::mad:
    Correct way up is: https://imgur.com/a/G1X1EJe (used numeric's photo from 2014 as a base) - Also well explained here in another thread which I wish I'd read;

    Tip #3: If all else fails, read the manual: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19oVmdP7jp4A63MFzmSl5Q_kx2HU_fTRJ
     
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