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      03-01-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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I failed to put back on the bitch cover for the headlamp on the passenger side man.... big time FAIL.... the cover is secure enough to not fall off but I can't seem to align the bottom two holes with the cover inserts. Its half way sealed and should protect enough. What do you guys think I should do I tried aligning it for 2 hours still failed. Any of you guys in the same situation? Will it fall off?

The drivers side was too easy....
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Dude I feel your pain... I shaved off some of the teeth to get it back in correctly...
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      03-01-2009, 04:09 PM   #3
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use a torch, get it in the 2 inserts first, then its real easy.

the angle you use to get in the two inserts is really flat, almost upright.

just remember you you took it out
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I have changed those lights three times and have not had a hard time disengaging the clips any of those times. How are you guys trying to pull them off?
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I have changed those lights three times and have not had a hard time disengaging the clips any of those times. How are you guys trying to pull them off?
The clips are easy if the cover is aligned. Problem is getting the cover back on and into the bottom slots ... I will see if I can get a video for DIY on how I do it. It gets easier when you taken it apart like 20 times

Mad- or anyone - If you have a code error with the bulb does it stay on constantly? I had one it came on but it went away....
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The clips are easy if the cover is aligned. Problem is getting the cover back on and into the bottom slots ... I will see if I can get a video for DIY on how I do it. It gets easier when you taken it apart like 20 times

Mad- or anyone - If you have a code error with the bulb does it stay on constantly? I had one it came on but it went away...
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When I put the Luminics bulbs in and they threw a code, it would only throw a bulb-out indicator when the headlight was on for a couple minutes. I don't remember if the indicator would turn off if I turned the headlights out but it did reset when you turned the car off and then back on.
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When I put the Luminics bulbs in and they threw a code, it would only throw a bulb-out indicator when the headlight was on for a couple minutes. I don't remember if the indicator would turn off if I turned the headlights out but it did reset when you turned the car off and then back on.
Strange... I had no problems for 3 days and then I changed the bulb alignment and the damn error came up...
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jzhang, give it another try. I did this a while back, I'd never messed with the lights before and I managed to pull it off. It was a struggle, but it'll go back. Take it all the way out and look over everything real close and see if you can see how it's supposed to work, then give it another try.
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      03-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #12
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Yeah I got the error code too. 1-2 hours and my back was hurting and my hands were cut up. I have avoided changing my AE's since....
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OP - you want to make sure those covers are back on correctly bc... if not you will get moister in the headlight housing. Then... you might burn up the HID bulb/ballast or worse the headlamp itself has some circuit boards inside the headlight housing. It is BIG $$$$, as in $1500 per side to fix COD. I have a second go at it tomorrow. GL.
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OP - you want to make sure those covers are back on correctly bc... if not you will get moister in the headlight housing. Then... you might burn up the HID bulb/ballast or worse the headlamp itself has some circuit boards inside the headlight housing. It is BIG $$$$, as in $1500 per side to fix COD. I have a second go at it tomorrow. GL.
This happened 2 years ago, hopefully he's fixed it by now.
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I failed to put back on the bitch cover for the headlamp on the passenger side man.... big time FAIL.... the cover is secure enough to not fall off but I can't seem to align the bottom two holes with the cover inserts. Its half way sealed and should protect enough. What do you guys think I should do I tried aligning it for 2 hours still failed. Any of you guys in the same situation? Will it fall off?

The drivers side was too easy....
You are gonna want the cover to be fitted correctly and sealed. Otherwise, you will get moisture, the adaptive headlights motors will fail, xenons will fail. Ask me how I know...
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I was able to knock both of mine out in about 30 minutes, removed the evap balls on the passenger side, gave me alot more room, and removed the clips and pulled cover up and pulled it out a little bit, not all the way, just enough to squeeze my hand in there and swap in the BMW 4 LED bulb. No problem at all!
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Used the "Noize" method to replace mine, but when I was putting the canisters back in my ratchet extension fell down. I have spent the last hour reaching around trying to find it and it is gone! I drove the car around a few times the block to see if it would fall or if I could hear it rattling and it is not, so I hope no damage comes from that!
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