Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - kerbed enthusiasm

Hmm. So a kamikaze pigeon apparently decided to shuffle off its mortal coil by throwing itself directly into the car's headlamp. Surprisingly, the lights still work although still surrounded by feathers! It is, of course, far too much to hope that I could just buy a new lense (as I was able to do on the old Cavalier - £5 from main dealers and a 5 minute job to replace) so it looks like a whole new headlamp assembly will be needed at a cost of £ouch.

Replacing the bulbs in this car is a nightmare - I know that the unit can be moved forward by removing two retaining bolts at the top but there's another contact point somewhere underneath which I've never needed to tackle. Has anyone successfully removed a whole headlamp assembly before and, if so, is it possible to do so without disassembling the whole of the front of the car?

Thanks in advance.

Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - elekie&a/c doctor

Front bumper will need to be released on that corner for access to the securing bolts.

Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - kerbed enthusiasm

Thank you. Just super, isn't it? My old Cavalier was much the better car! I shall have a look this morning to see if I can get to the bumper.

Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - kerbed enthusiasm

Er, front bumper removal anyone?

Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - Chris M

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vauxhall-Meriva-Petrol-Diesel-Service/dp/1844258939/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375876760&sr=8-1&keywords=haynes+meriva

Perhaps?

Vauxhall Meriva A - Headlamp assembly replacement - kerbed enthusiasm

Thanks Chris. I've actually just ordered a workshop manual on DVD.

Three screws hold the assembly in position - two on top and one easily accessed from underneath. Unfortunately, there's insufficient space to jiggle the assembly out so it is indeed a case of dropping the side of the bumper. What continually frustrates me about this car is that it seems to be a backwards step in design.

Never mind, some skinned knuckles to look forward to!

 

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