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if yours isnt a sealed beam you have to pop the lights up with the button on the dash. Then undo the screws holding the black surround, then you can release the screws holding the lid on and finally is accessible and just a metal spring clip and a connector to pull off.

I'm about to do mine as it happens.

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Pop up lights via the switch on the dash by the hazard switch.

Remove the 4 screws holding the black plastic cowling on. Remove plastic cowling. Loosen or remove the 4 bolts holding the headlamp lid on and take the lid off. If you have a sealed unit then here's where you stop and get a new unit or a non sealed unit so you can change the bulb easier. Easy to source.

If your unit isn't sealed then this enables you to be able to get to the bulb fitments. There may or may no be a rubber bung covering the back of the bulb remove it if there is and there should be a metal clip holding the bulb in place. Easy to undo and remove bulb. Take to halfrauds and get new one. Failing that you can get brighter ones as if the bulbs are standard as they aren't the best.
 

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with pictures


press this button


Undo these screws 2 each side


then these ones again 2 each side.


then cry


or change the bulb if you're a lucky git.
Replacement sealed units are pretty cheap mind at ?11 odd plus vat
 

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You don't actually have to remove the lid, remove the black surround, take off the retaining spring, if you waggle the lamp a little you'll be able to remove it without taking out the two adjustment screws!
 

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Thanks for the pics Skuzzle.

My owners manual says to do it a bit different from that though.

First two steps the same, after that unscrew the lamp from the front and pull it away that way.

If my owners manual says this am I to assume they're not sealed? Its a UK car.
 

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Being a Uk car it's unlikely they'll be sealed units, but you never know! The two screws you mentioned are the beam adjustment screws, as I said above if you remove the spring you should be able to waggle the lamp out without removing the screws!
 

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Thanks for the pics Skuzzle.

My owners manual says to do it a bit different from that though.

First two steps the same, after that unscrew the lamp from the front and pull it away that way.
do it this way. loosen the 3 screws with a well fitting screwdriver and turn the bezel to release. setting up the headlamp lids after is totally unneeded

of course if your headlamp lids don't line up with the bonnet, now's as good a time as any to sort them.

use a socket to undo the screws for the headlamp lids. you're asking for trouble if not.
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use a socket to undo the screws for the headlamp lids. you're asking for trouble if not.
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Not on an early car. They come with screws not bolts


Got mine soaking as I type so I can get mine off. I bet I have to drill them out


+1 for the "taking the bowl out from the front" method though


and please DON'T replace with sealed lamps - the difference even with cheap replacements and H4 bulbs is literally night and day.
 

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Not on an early car. They come with screws not bolts


it amazes me how pauper spec the early cars were....or should that read how quickly mazda developed the car into a really nicely engineered bit of kit....


seems there's a fair few detail changes post 91

i replaced my sealed beams with mx5parts crystal reflectors and osram nightbreaker bulbs. this winter's been sooooo much nicer driving at night with decent headlights.
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You don't actually have to remove the lid, remove the black surround, take off the retaining spring, if you waggle the lamp a little you'll be able to remove it without taking out the two adjustment screws!
Yeah I was just going to say that! Made a simple job into one ass of a job for no reason lol! hey, at least if you ever needed to replace your headlight lids, you won't have to drill out the screws


You can buy replacement sealed units from mx5parts.co.uk but they sell replacement kits that are not sealed so you can change the bulbs without changing the whole unit and these are not that much more than sealed ones
 

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i found if you line the lid up with the marks left in the paint it always goes back on fine.

Mine got replaced with new units from autolink today.. nice sensible lights with bulbs that come out.
 

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Hmm, pulled all of this apart yesterday to discover that it was working. I must have been mistaken the other day??

Either I'm going mad or my car has a dodgy connection somewhere. Either way its working now and I couldn't get it to stop working so all is well for now.
 
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