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Sidelight bulb replacement
« on: 18 January 2012, 01:21:30 »

Hiya folks - I haven't had my Omega very long and I've never used a forum before either, I'd really appreciate some advice guys...

My MV6 Elite has had led sidelights fitted and one has blown. I'm trying to replace them both back to the original lamps. I'm hoping the ones I've bought are the right ones, but I can't get the existing ones out yey. I can't figure out wether they come out the back of the cluster fitting or do I remove the lens and go in the front?

I  would really welcome some help...
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #1 on: 18 January 2012, 01:23:35 »

Havent changed one for a while,but I seem to remember they should just pull out from the rear of the light unit. :y
Definitely not from the front. ;)

Oh,and welcome to OOF by the way.Might be an idea to go and say hello/ introduce yourself in the newbies section. :y
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #2 on: 18 January 2012, 01:34:48 »

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should just pull out from the rear of the light unit
yup quite correct, might be easier first time to take whole headlight out 5min job then you can see what you are doing  :y
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #3 on: 18 January 2012, 04:31:18 »

Must say i take the unit out. 2 top bolts and the one under the unit, you get to that by taking the lower trim off under the light, on the inside of the headlight (grill side) remove the plastic rivit and unclip rubber and the trim swings towards the wing and then pulls out and you can get to the bottom bolt 8m/m iirc the the whole light then comes out.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #4 on: 18 January 2012, 09:43:37 »

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I'm trying to replace them both back to the original lamps. I'm hoping the ones I've bought are the right ones, but I can't get the existing ones out yey. I can't figure out wether they come out the back of the cluster fitting or do I remove the lens and go in the front?

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The lense is firmly glued on, they're a push fit into their own holder which in turn is a push fit into the back of the headlight. They're this type ........ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-x-501-ICE-BLUE-XENON-HID-12v-5w-W5W-T10-WEDGE-SIDE-LIGHT-BULB-E1-GERMAN-TUV-/190606091983?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2c610226cf but no need for the 'ice blue'  :y
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #5 on: 18 January 2012, 11:34:57 »

Well, I've gotta say it chaps, I'm mightly impressed!!! Not only the speed and warmth of your replies but the usefullness too!

I was secretly hoping that it was going to be even easier to do, I got as far as uncovering the bottom bolt and thought, "bugger that, I'm going in for a cuppa!"

Now with renewed vigour and a cuppa, I'm going to conquer my bulbs - cheers again chaps!
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #6 on: 18 January 2012, 11:39:23 »

Well, I've gotta say it chaps, I'm mightly impressed!!! Not only the speed and warmth of your replies but the usefullness too!

I was secretly hoping that it was going to be even easier to do, I got as far as uncovering the bottom bolt and thought, "bugger that, I'm going in for a cuppa!"

Now with renewed vigour and a cuppa, I'm going to conquer my bulbs - cheers again chaps!

IMO it's easier to leave your headlamps where they are & stick your hand in the back. Driver's side is relatively easy but the passenger side needs the battery moving back a little to get your hand in. I find it easier to turn the lights on to do it, you can see the light from the front when you get some where near. Make sure the bulb doesn't fall out of its socket/holder ........... it's a bugger to get back out of the headlight  :(

and for the record I don't have child like hands to make things easy.  ;) ;)
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #7 on: 18 January 2012, 15:52:31 »

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and for the record I don't have child like hands to make things easy

you might not have but plenty of scars from omega work  ;)
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #8 on: 18 January 2012, 16:09:29 »

.... but plenty of scars from omega work  ;)

I've certainly got plenty of them!  ??? ;D ;D Althouh it's somewhat easier than a Smart!  ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #9 on: 18 January 2012, 16:55:39 »

just changed mine to leds,drivers side is easy but i decided to remove complete unit for passenger side
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #10 on: 18 January 2012, 16:58:11 »

Are they bright enough? I've seen some late FL cars running bright white sidelights compared to mine on the superbarge which are old skool amber until the mains fire up!
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #11 on: 19 January 2012, 01:29:41 »

Please pardon my ignorance, but what is a FL car?

Cheers for all the advice too!
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« Reply #12 on: 19 January 2012, 02:40:07 »

FL = Facelift.. Grill is integrated into the bonnet,interior is quite different,colour coded rub strips on doors etc. rahter than black rubber.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #13 on: 19 January 2012, 07:23:12 »

Ive never had any trouble changing sidelights. The passenger one is a little thicky but both can be done in 5 minutes.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #14 on: 19 January 2012, 10:33:35 »

Ive never had any trouble changing sidelights. The passenger one is a little thicky but both can be done in 5 minutes.

Exactly; removing the lights is just as fiddly as changing the bulbs, and I didn't need to shift the battery to do the N/S one either. Nor do I have small hands. I was intending to fit LEDs, but couldn't get them to work. Ended up using the bulbs in the courtesy light instead.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #15 on: 22 January 2012, 08:32:19 »

Just to let you know, the nes bulbs are now in and working just fine!!!

I did in the end opt to remove the lights which made the bulb replacement a doddle, but that last screw fixing under the light, who on earth thought it would be a good idea to hide it there - plonker!!!

This is a minor triumph for me and all the good advice etc is very much appreciated!!!

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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #16 on: 21 February 2021, 17:38:11 »

just to mention, this post has also helped me as I was looking at how best to do it and with needing to restore the headlights (cloudy) i think I'll remove them to make both jobs easier.

Cheers guys as always a help  :y
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #17 on: 22 February 2021, 11:40:01 »

This is an old topic resurrection....! :o
I've recently restored the headlights on one of mine. I thought it was best restoring them in situ so they are held firmly as there is always going to be a small degree of pressure on them in the process, whether by hand or with a mini polisher. Off the car, you would have to physically hold them firmly to keep them steady whilst attempting to polish them by whatever means.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #18 on: 22 February 2021, 11:47:16 »

I always do mine on the car as well, using one of those 18 3M kits that fit a drill, and taken between 5 and 25m a side, depending how keen you are.  Saves all that elbow grease ;D

the 3M kit comes with a load of (slightly thicker than normal) bright green masking tape to protect the paintwork.
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Re: Sidelight bulb replacement
« Reply #19 on: 22 February 2021, 12:26:57 »

This is an old topic resurrection....! :o
I've recently restored the headlights on one of mine. I thought it was best restoring them in situ so they are held firmly as there is always going to be a small degree of pressure on them in the process, whether by hand or with a mini polisher. Off the car, you would have to physically hold them firmly to keep them steady whilst attempting to polish them by whatever means.


That's what I think too. As each lamp only takes a few minutes, by hand, on the car it's not worth the extra hassle of removing them.
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