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#1 05-01-06 15:10:27

Phil
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Corsa headlights

Hi folks, I've been trying to remove the headlights so that I can change bulbs (if one blows). Tried removing the bolts on the top of the brackets, but no joy.

Can anyone advise? Thanks in anticipation.


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#2 05-01-06 17:13:41

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Re: Corsa headlights

Hi Phil,

you shouldnt have to remove the headlight to change a bulb. I have a corsa but havent had to change a bulb yet but you normally just get into them from the back of the headlight inside the engine bay.

I think the corsa has a plastic cap which turns off holding the bulb in it or some may have a spring clip keeping the bulb in place which just unclips to get the bulb out.

I will check tomorrow for you to see what it is.

what model/year is your car.

hope that helps.


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#3 05-01-06 22:06:45

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Nah: no need to remove bolts: they're easy: just unscrew little caps at back of head light and squeeze little springy things behind to release bulbs.  Proud to say I changed one in less than a minute at DTC.  If I can do it anyone can.

The back ones need the entire light cluster taking off, and undoing: you'll need a cross head screw driver, but if you only put two of the six screws back in you can do them dead fast as well.  Good luck.

#4 05-01-06 22:30:50

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Re: Corsa headlights

The car is a 1.2 Design & 05.

The rear light clusters are so easy, but I assumed that the front headlights could be removed in the same way. I realised that it was a possibility that the whole unit did not have to be removed, but thought some actual knowledge would help before I did any more bashing around  :shock:


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#5 05-01-06 22:46:51

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Re: Corsa headlights

No problem Phil.

Karen has answered the question for you.

Piece of cake to do.  Good luck  smile


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#6 05-01-06 23:04:53

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Re: Corsa headlights

I changed the front nearside light, yea its easy - but you cant get to it very well because of the air filter.

I removed the plastic cover, then tried to remove the clip to release the bulb. but couldn't get a vie of what i was doing, till i popped back in the house for a little mirror.

Then it was Easy  big_smile

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#7 10-01-06 18:43:53

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Re: Corsa headlights

Hi folks, I've been trying to remove the headlights so that I can change bulbs (if one blows). Tried removing the bolts on the top of the brackets, but no joy.

Can anyone advise? Thanks in anticipation.

You may find these bolts are your headlight adjusters so if you have moved them your lights might need resetting to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. Garages have devices to aim the lights.


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#8 03-02-06 21:46:11

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Re: Corsa headlights

I changed the front nearside light, yea its easy - but you cant get to it very well because of the air filter.

I removed the plastic cover, then tried to remove the clip to release the bulb. but couldn't get a vie of what i was doing, till i popped back in the house for a little mirror.

Then it was Easy  big_smile

i have the new all separated lights and tried to change the front near side (lucky no tests, second day tomorrow to try and change it between lessons) no instruction In manual with the same light, and can't even fit small hands in to fit the !!!!!!!! thing, plus another thing, the boomin bulb was £10 in halfords :evil:, going to ebay to find alternatives.

any advice anyone :oops:


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#9 03-02-06 23:30:54

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Re: Corsa headlights

""the boomin bulb was £10 in halfords""

Beware of cheap bulbs, especially the halogen type.

Some of them are so badly made that when installed the headlamps need resetting due to the inaccuracy of positioning the tiny filaments inside the globe.

Auto Express ran a very good test recently on headlamp bulbs.

I'll see if I can find it in their archives.  Try this link:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product_te … h7_50.html

There are several tests on bulbs  that can be found if you click "other products". Standard H7 are cheaper with H7 +50 being the most expensive.


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#10 04-02-06 07:33:52

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Re: Corsa headlights

I got Unipart halogen bulbs from the local car bits shop £4 ea.  Don't think Unipart are particularly poor quality are they?  I know the rear bulbs from Halfords were £6 for pack of 2 and I could get them in the same shop for about £1.50.  Useful thing too is that if you get to know them, a) ours offer a 15% discount because of the driving school, and b) the chap always offers to fit them too at no extra charge.  Only reason I don't take him up on the offer is because I needed to know how to do it myself.

#11 04-02-06 08:10:18

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Re: Corsa headlights

we are trying to fit the bulb this morning using a mirror, it's so fiddly, we still have not done it. child's hands might be the answer sad , anyone got any spare miniature hands yikes
karen, what model corsa do you have?


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#12 04-02-06 08:16:22

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Re: Corsa headlights

Mines a 1.0 03 5 door.  Unless they've changed the spec since mine, I haven't got big hands, but they're not that tiny either and I can manage. 

Are you going directly behind the light, and just turning the little black knob that takes the actual bulb you want to change out?

#13 04-02-06 14:00:51

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Re: Corsa headlights

""Don't think Unipart are particularly poor quality are they? ""

If you look at the AutoExpress link I put up you will see what it says about Unipart and how to identify lamps of good quality.

Unipart dont make lamps they distribute them and they are of differing quality depending upon their source.

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#14 10-02-06 22:56:04

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Re: Corsa headlights

Been talking to others with newer Corsa than mine.  Apparently the fitting is different, and you have to fiddle with springy things.  Typical: they make it nice n easy, then go and muck it up again.  Might not have new car in that case: rather keep the easy ones.

#15 10-02-06 23:01:12

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Re: Corsa headlights

yep, my hubby had bleeding hands   roll, hope no more bulb changes  roll


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#16 25-03-06 21:53:33

VandADI
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Re: Corsa headlights

yep, my hubby had bleeding hands   roll, hope no more bulb changes  roll

I've just added another item to carry in my boot ' a small mirror' to see the awkward springgy thing  which holds the bulb in place  roll
The manufacturers handbook made no mention of the springgy things.   The removal of the bulb differs depending on what model you have, and my model was not included in the handbook  roll

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#17 25-03-06 22:30:45

la.monikita
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Re: Corsa headlights

Vanda, try the indicator bulb, whent 1 month later. boy at vaux garage, changed it in 5 min. turn left to take out(baby hands needed) and put back, turn right  roll


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#18 25-03-06 22:52:05

VandADI
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Re: Corsa headlights

Can't wait.  Im looking forward to it already.  Any idea how the off side front headlamp bulb is replaced?

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#19 25-03-06 23:01:27

la.monikita
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Re: Corsa headlights

yep, remove the spring, then get the bulb in twist it to lock and the put the spring back. sounds simple :evil:, it ONLY took 2 days to figure  roll, am yet to do it myself lol


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#20 25-03-06 23:05:01

VandADI
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Re: Corsa headlights

It does sound simple, but there's an air filter pipe across the housing making it impossible to remove.  Sounds more than a 5 min job to me.  :x

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#21 25-03-06 23:08:52

la.monikita
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Re: Corsa headlights

yep, as i said 2 days yikes yikes yikes  lol


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#22 11-04-06 20:14:51

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Re: Corsa headlights

On test day, pupil had Q about lights and lo n behold they both blew at the same time. They did work when checked beforehand but they were the original bulbs when i bought the car (53 plate) Yes Karen has it spot on. You unscrew the bulb, loosen the clip and simply replace the bulb. Though it did take me 1 hour to change the n/s bulb because i did not have a clue, it was dark and i don't have little hands. From that experience i managed to change the other in 15 mins. I'd advise that if you have the spare time take a look and try it and that way -if like me on test day you get caught out- you will be able to do it hopefully within the 5 mins allowed.

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#23 11-04-06 20:34:40

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Re: Corsa headlights

Can do it in 5 easy: but I only ever carry one spare: look good if both went like that: what a bit of bad luck.

Incidentally, I was reading the MSA car ad mag today, and there is an excellent article by the husband of an ADI, regarding all the litererature in the what car section - and this is relevant to the DIA mag also: they are giving us all the mechanical measurements and stats re the car etc etc: and mpg and all that stuff that I really couldn't even start to be interested in: the big issue now has to be how easy is it to change a light bulb (no jokes please - well you can if you want, but I'm being serious for now).  This guy went off around numerous main dealers, and stated he was looking for a driving school car: his main issue with every one was how easy was it to change the bulbs: and all the cars he checked were nigh on impossible: even the sales peeps seemed to have little idea.

My Corsa, and it seems Doc's are easy, but it would appear that the newer version has now also been deemed impossible.  Surely this is an important and valid issue now, as failure to change a bulb in the allocated time, is going to cost ADIs something in the region of £100 + in test booking fees and lessons up to the next test.

I was considering changing my car later this year, but I know for a full fact, that I'll keep the one I've got, if I can't get one with bulbs as easy to change as this one.

#24 12-04-06 22:10:04

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Re: Corsa headlights

Make sure you always give the bulb a little twist before you panic too much about it blowing.

This has happened twice now on a test.  Looks like its gone and then ive giving it a little jiggle and its working again for some reason.


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#25 29-04-06 15:11:09

Phil
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Re: Corsa headlights

It does sound simple, but there's an air filter pipe across the housing making it impossible to remove.  Sounds more than a 5 min job to me.  :x

I asked the Service Manager at my local dealer, & he showed me how to remove the air filter pipe. Replacing the air filter pipe is easy because it keys into the housing. You have to do something similar to replace the bulb on the other side.


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