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Headlight Trim Removal
Written by: Jordan Buser December 24, 2001

Tools Needed:
Flat Head Screwdriver 8mm Socket Wrench with 6" Extender
Estimated time: 20 Minutes


1. Pop the hood and remove your turn signal lens. This is done by inserting a flat head screwdriver like so and pushing the tab towards the front of the car.
2. Next is removing the trim that runs underneath the headlight assembly. Start by pushing the tab closest to the center of the car.
3. Work your way across removing this piece slowly.
4. Make sure you undo each clip as not to break any of them
5. When you get to the tab that connects this piece to the fender, this will be the most difficult part of the procedure. I used a couple of different techniques to release this tab. On one side, I was able to sneak the flat head screwdriver behind the tab as pictured and push towards the front of the car to release the tab. On the other side, that didn't work so I had to take a small-tipped flat head screwdriver and weasel the tab open from the front side. If you work with this tab enough, you should be able to get it off.
6. With the bottom trim piece out of the way, remove the black plastic piece that holds the rubber piece that seals between the headlight assembly and the hood. Start on the top at the outside edge.
7. With the top disconnected work on the side clips.
8. All that is left before you can remove the plastic headlight cover is releasing three tabs on the top, three tabs on the bottom, and one tab on the inside.
9. With the tabs released (notice how the circled clips in the second picture are released), you can slide the clear plastic cover off and your headlight will be open.
10. There is one tab that secures the headlight trim to the rest of the headlight assembly. Use a flat head screwdriver as shown to release this tab.
11. 11. With the tab released you can remove the trim by pulling it out.
12. Reverse these directions to put back together.