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Old 07-16-2002, 06:46 PM   #1
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Angry PLLLEEEASE! someone help me put my headlight back together quick

Well i took apart my headlights on my coupe, removed the trim, painted it, let it set for a few hours, put the insert back in, now im having trouble putting the plastic headlight cover back in. It goes in just fine, and I'm able to secure the 3 tabs on the top, 1 tab on the side, but im having a **** load of a hard time securing the lower 3 tabs, specifically the one closest to the corner lamp. Anyone else have this problem? The other 2 I can secure but its a serious pain in the ass, and i keep removing it thinking im putting it in wrong....HELP!
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Old 07-16-2002, 06:59 PM   #2
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This is what I did: I did the bottom clips first. The top is easier as you have more access/clearance to use more force. It was a bit tough, but it should go back in. Try that and see.

I used a flat-head screwdriver to help "lock" the bottom clips (while pushing in the cover).
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Old 07-16-2002, 07:12 PM   #3
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Re: PLLLEEEASE! someone help me put my headlight back together quick

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Well i took apart my headlights on my coupe, removed the trim, painted it, let it set for a few hours, put the insert back in, now im having trouble putting the plastic headlight cover back in. It goes in just fine, and I'm able to secure the 3 tabs on the top, 1 tab on the side, but im having a **** load of a hard time securing the lower 3 tabs, specifically the one closest to the corner lamp. Anyone else have this problem? The other 2 I can secure but its a serious pain in the ass, and i keep removing it thinking im putting it in wrong....HELP!
if ur still having problems w/ it just take the whole headlight out...it makes it 500X easier toput the plastic back on and it only takes 10 more minutes for the headlight removal and replacement.
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Old 07-16-2002, 07:13 PM   #4
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the clips should glide in with ease. when i did mine, i lined them up together and just pushed in until i heard the click. No problems what so ever.
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