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Old 03-16-2019, 10:46 PM
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Angry Broke off one of the headlight bulb spring clip retainers

So, was replacing my headlight bulbs with PHILIPS Xenon X-TremeVision Gen2.

You know those two metal spring clips that hold the lightbulb in place? You're supposed to pinch them, but what no one tells you is that you're also supposed to push them in slightly before releasing them. I must've tugged on it, because I broke one plastic hook that the springs clip behind.



This isn't my photo, I just found one and circled the part that broke off.

I was able to get the new lightbulb in, and left side of the spring hooks back just fine. It's the broken part side worries me. Basically, the spring is just resting on that ring, and I feel like it can pop back out. That could cause the whole bulb to pop out, although it's also held by the plug, and that in turn is held by the big plastic circle you rotate to get to the bulb. Still... worrisome indeed.

Any comments? Commiserations? Sage advise?

I already earmarked some money for a new (well, used) headlight. Won't buy it until it actually breaks, but it's no fun. Feeling rather dejected right now.
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:44 AM
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https://www.myg37.com/forums/body-in...adlight-2.html

same problem...

well, well see if I need a new headlight. Took a few short drives this evening, its working for now.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:18 AM
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Broke mine years ago. Got it into place like you have it then put a blob of silicone over where the broken one sits. Haven't had a problem since. I worry about having to change it soon if I keep the car much longer though.
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Broke mine years ago. Got it into place like you have it then put a blob of silicone over where the broken one sits. Haven't had a problem since. I worry about having to change it soon if I keep the car much longer though.
Ah, awesome! Thank you very much for reply. What silicone did you use? Glue? Epoxy?
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Ah, awesome! Thank you very much for reply. What silicone did you use? Glue? Epoxy?
Whatever one I had around for my aquarium at the time, something 100% silicone.
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Whatever one I had around for my aquarium at the time, something 100% silicone.
fantastic, I have some of that.

I also thought taking a small Dremel cutting disk, cutting a piece of it off, and clamping it in a small vice or something. Then notching a small dip in the plastic where the spring can grab on, them using silicone on that.

Will do that if the spring pops out. Or if it bothers me enough.

thanks again!
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fantastic, I have some of that.

I also thought taking a small Dremel cutting disk, cutting a piece of it off, and clamping it in a small vice or something. Then notching a small dip in the plastic where the spring can grab on, them using silicone on that.

Will do that if the spring pops out. Or if it bothers me enough.

thanks again!
Yeah with any luck you won't have any issues. I expect to get less than another year out of these bulbs and I do have some worry about getting everything to sit properly a second time.
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Well, 3 days later the lights are still on (and nobody home, 'cause I'm driving around ). Fingers crossed.
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