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Headlight adjuster replacement.
« on: 15 January 2023, 17:32:04 »

I know that the recognised method of separating the lens from the body, is sticking the whole thing into the oven and heating it up to soften the sealant to gain access to the broken adjuster. But just having received a red card in relation to using the oven and kitchen as a workshop ( I only want to do four) ::) bit harsh, so  that looks like a no! So the question is....has anyone either used a hair dryer or a heat gun to do the job and will it work? Now looks like I'll be  the green house for me if the advice is good. tia :y
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #1 on: 15 January 2023, 18:01:42 »

Hot airgun: tried that, got bored before any of the glue got soft.
Hair dryer: wouldn't bother, see above.


10minutes in the oven on the lowest setting reactivates the adhesive enough that separating the lens is easy and mess free.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #2 on: 15 January 2023, 18:14:48 »

Unfortunately it's a life threatening situation, with SWMBO, sort of like a grenade with the pin pulled and she's holding the spoon getting ready to release it, just as I put my hand on the oven door :o  So that's a no all round. Will need to rethink :)
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #3 on: 15 January 2023, 18:33:20 »

Use somebody else's oven.  100C for 10 mins. And good gloves.

Hairdryers and hot air guns are like pissing in a force 9.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #4 on: 15 January 2023, 18:35:07 »

I would imagine it needs to be heated evenly, all the way round, not little bits at a time.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #5 on: 15 January 2023, 18:42:48 »

Looking for a S/hand one on market place, I've got power in the greenhouse, just bury it pots and bags of compost when not in use, sort of blend it into the back ground.....could work ;)
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #6 on: 15 January 2023, 18:50:34 »

Sounds like she needs "re-education"  :P

buy a second hand oven cheap to do the job and then store it somewhere inconvenient ,
obviously kitchen equipment comes from the pink budget   :D
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #7 on: 15 January 2023, 19:01:58 »

When I split my Omega's headlight I just gently prised the lens until I got a Stanley knife blade in & gentle sliced the glue .... no oven or heat used.
When re-fitting, there was enough tacky left in the glue to just press the 2 halves back together.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #8 on: 15 January 2023, 20:52:58 »

I'll certainly try the Stanley knife....was thinking of using clear Sika flex to reseal if that works. Still think that having my own personal oven is a nice idea, and still worth thinking about ::)
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #9 on: 15 January 2023, 21:01:31 »

If you're at a loose end, pop down here with them ;)

It won't be the first set of headlights in the oven :D
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #10 on: 15 January 2023, 21:05:35 »

Just to mention the situation trying to find new adjusters....the only ones that I've found are on stealbay, at 25 a pop delivered from Belarus....yeah whatever on that one! luckily I have around a dozen, plastic and a few silicone, but have eight headlights in all that need fettling.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #11 on: 15 January 2023, 21:08:48 »

Think preface lift lights are internally the same* if that helps.

*for adjuster purposes.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #12 on: 15 January 2023, 21:52:42 »

I hope that I'm going to have enough adjusters, and may well have a few more of the aluminium originals which I bought up after the guy who was making them died. I just need to be shown how to change them without my usual anger management, bull in a china shop, six fingered approach to fiddly stuff >:( PM incoming  :y
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #13 on: 16 January 2023, 10:57:43 »

they can be replaced without removing the lens. yes its fiddly but can be done. with the adjuster motor and bulb out helps. hardest bit was getting the old one out.
worth a try first especially if you were thinking of removing the lens in the end anyway.nothing to loose.
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Re: Headlight adjuster replacement.
« Reply #14 on: 16 January 2023, 17:55:04 »

If you're at a loose end, pop down here with them ;)

It won't be the first set of headlights in the oven :D
Use this offer ;)

Honestly, anything else (not using an oven) is going to be a massive pain.

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