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 Post subject: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:05 pm 
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just wondering how to remove EL taillights i can get the first two primary screws undone but seems theres a 3rd? or more screws along the slim side of light, looked in and behind the boot lining and cant find how to getout.

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:15 pm 
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get a screwdriver in between the black plastic bit on the outside edge of the light and the body of the car and carefully pry it off.

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:16 pm 
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tx ill try that now
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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:20 pm 
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gave it alota muscle but feels like a screws in there somewhere, feels like its gonna snap befor it comes out
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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:26 pm 
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hmm weird, so say your doing the right headlight, you remove the 2 screws on the inside on the left of the light, then on the outside to the right there is the black plastic bit thats about an inch wide, get the screwdriver under the plastic, i cant remember how hard it was when i took mine off, it may need a bit of force

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:31 pm 
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take the 2 screws out the give them a thump outwards, theres a plastic clip in the body and a knob on the light
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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:34 pm 
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are you talking about the rear indicator and stop lamps? if so there are four 8mm nuts holding it in from the inside of the car

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:35 pm 
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tony.martin11 wrote:
are you talking about the rear indicator and stop lamps? if so there are four 8mm nuts holding it in from the inside of the car


only if its a wagon
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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:39 pm 
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tony.martin11 wrote:
are you talking about the rear indicator and stop lamps? if so there are four 8mm nuts holding it in from the inside of the car


That's EA-ED...EF/ELs are different.

As XRfairmont67 said, remove the 2 screws and give the lights a nice hit outwards...ie. hit from left to right for the right side and obviously the other way for the other side. No prying is needed, just hold the light with one hand once the screws are removed and hit it. The clips face left to right...so if you pull it away from the car towards the rear, you will snap them off.

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:40 pm 
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its a normal sedan, the 2 screws that are easily seen are all good just feels as if there are more hidden away, ill go out again and just give the lights a whack from the inside out and see if they pop out?
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Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:41 pm 
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h, sedan, i thought wagon

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:42 pm 
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just give them a thump on the side the screws came out from, towards the corner of the car
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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:50 pm 
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afer about 20mins fighting with em finally got the buggers off haha, i found out one of the clips or lil plastic bits that held lights in had corroded and become really tight but got em out, thanks guys and again xrfairmont for 2nd day in a row haha
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Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:02 pm 
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afer about 20mins fighting with em finally got the buggers off haha, i found out one of the clips or lil plastic bits that held lights in had corroded and become really tight but got em out, thanks guys and again xrfairmont for 2nd day in a row haha


might want to squirt some WD40 on the corroded tip and the slot it goes into :)...might make it easier to remove later on.

I was hoping you wouldn't come back saying you snapped it haha.

 

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 Post subject: Re: how to remove EL tail lights?
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:06 pm 
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haha me 2, they felt so tight and was worried about snapping em haha, glad got em off now after all the drama tx guys
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