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mvendl
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From: Lowell, IN, USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-09-2002 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, having never owned a Fox body before my 90 here, I've never had to change a headlight. Well, I'm a bit confused. WTF was Ford thinking??!? Last night I took the whole center headlamp assembly off of the car. (If you've never done it before, its a barrel of laughs :rolleyes I've got big hands and these foxes arent made with much room. In any case, to the point.... When replacing the headlamp, from looking at it, I have to replace the whole assembly? Does anyone know of there is an aftermarket headlight that I can buy that has easy access to a bulb or something? I dont like the whole sealed plastic light...

Oh, I forgot to mention, not only does the light not work, but I've also got about 3" of water inside... I've got a mini fish tank on my car.. hrm, just need to get the fishies in there... hrm...

--mark

Please pardon my sick/stupid sense of humor, I was doing this work late... real late *yawn*

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 08-09-2002 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i replaced the parking lights on my fox, and that was difficult enough (putting the bulb back into the lense) never looked at the headlights though

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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
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posted 08-09-2002 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You took the whole assy out??? That was unnessisary . you see the plastic ring on the back of the headlight? You twist that counter clockwise(if you are facing it) then pull it off. The headlight bulb just slides in and out. it's a 9004 bulb. Replacing the lights isn't all that bad, although the airbag sensors tend to get in the way. I still need to get all new ones for mine..as they are a tad yellow and don't go well with the new paint. Anyway....to take care of the water issues(this is common) drill a small hole in the bottom corner of the headlight lense to let the water escape. The better solution of course is to get new lenses, and the complete set is 154 dollars from any one of various vendors. Just pick up a mustang mag.

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Tim Cash
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Registered: Dec 2001

posted 08-09-2002 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim Cash   Click Here to Email Tim Cash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same fish bowls in both my lights. I took some compound, rubbed them down to get the yellow out. Took a small drill bit and put weep holes in the bottom and used clear silicone to seal the top. Have not had a problem in over two months. Of course, I don't drive it in the rain either.

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BLUE
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From: COLLINSVILLE, IL
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posted 08-11-2002 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLUE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Tim what kind of compound did you use to take the yellow out?
How about the inner parking light on the drivers side????????????? My car was blessed several times when i put the lights back on after the car was painted........then about a week later i noticed the s.o.b. was burned out, not looking forward to replacing that bulb.

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mvendl
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From: Lowell, IN, USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-12-2002 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FISHTAIL:

You took the whole assy out???


Heh heh, yeah, I took out the assy... It was only after I put it back in that I actually turned that grey plastic housing... stupid me, Shoulda tried that in the first place. In any case, I had to take the housing out again to empty the water and glass shards from the broken element. I got a new element now and it works great... It only took alot longer than it should have...

oh well... gotta learn sometimes

--mark

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