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Post by Sychologist on Mon 10 Aug 2015 - 13:12

Hi, new here as I'm the mechanic for my partners Wind. Can anyone tell me if there is an easy way to remove a headlight as it looks as though the bolts are impossible to reach?

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Post by Barbs on Thu 13 Aug 2015 - 12:12

Can I ask why you want to remove the headlight
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Post by Sychologist on Thu 13 Aug 2015 - 21:34

Our car has sustained a slight nock from the previous owner and moisture is getting into the unit. If I can remove it I can reseal it.

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Post by Barbs on Thu 13 Aug 2015 - 21:39

oh poor car. There is a pdf Owners Manual on the forum that might help. Look for. MKStevo posts.
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Post by Araf on Thu 13 Aug 2015 - 21:52

Sychologist wrote:Our car has sustained a slight nock from the previous owner and moisture is getting into the unit. If I can remove it I can reseal it.

The unit can't be completely sealed, as the bulb hole will always allow damp in.  I would drill a hole in the top, but under the bonnet, to let the moisture out, and equalise the humidity, then condensation won't build up.

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Post by Sychologist on Thu 13 Aug 2015 - 23:47

Thank you very much for your posts. Will investigate both. Just loving this car after 2 months.

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Post by colin565 on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 7:13

I have found from former cars, that it is better in the long run to just replace the whole light unit when moisture gets in, rather than try removing moisture, as once it gets in its so difficult to rectify.

You can get one off Ebay when it comes up occasionally, rather than pay full price at the dealers. Prices for secondhand headlight units are around £20 to £70 depending on condition.
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Post by Barbs on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 7:48

@Colin as this forum is fairly new 5 months old we don't have much in the way of old data but I do seem to remember you contributed quite a lot of interesting facts about our Winds and other stuff. Don't suppose you remember much of it do you. Mkstevo and Araf had some information but anymore would be welcome.


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Post by Sychologist on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 11:09

I appreciate your comments and hope to be a net contributor in the long run but still can't see how you remove the headlight? I'm thinking the bumper has to come off first? I'll try drilling some holes in the appropriate place as a starting point and will keep an eye out for another unit. Thanks again.

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Post by Barbs on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 11:50

the headlamp unit needs to be removed with the bumper of as it can only come out in a forward motion due to the lip around it holding it in place but it's very easy. look for the front bumper removal section, remove the bumper and it's a case of 4 bolts holding the headlamp units in place and jobs a good one



this applies to all mk2 twingo's regardless of trims.

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Post by LukeC on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 12:14

Yeah it's a bumper off job, blow dry it out or drill a hole if there's water in there; check for cracks and reseal

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Post by Sychologist on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 12:43

Thanks everyone, brilliant. Will update my progress over the next few weeks.

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Post by Barbs on Fri 14 Aug 2015 - 12:49

Sychologist wrote:Thanks everyone, brilliant. Will update my progress over the next few weeks.
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