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  1. merivadiva

    merivadiva New Member

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    Would anybody know exactly how to change the dipped headlight bulb on driver's side of a Meriva without having to practically dismantle the entire front of the vehicle? I can take out the two top retaining bolts to the headlight cluster but something underneath is preventing its total removal!
    What could be simpler? He he!!! :ROFLMAO:
    Thanks for any help ;)
     
  2. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey VXon Frontera Monkey VxON Club Member

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    Hi wouldn't it be easier to remove the obstruction -- is it the air box ? not too familiar with the Meriva but i do know that there are three screws for the headlight 2 on top and one under the front panelling has 9 screws 2 top each side two bottom each side two in the center on top and three under the front
    cheers
    Steve
     
  3. smiddy355

    smiddy355 New Member

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    You do not need to take out the headlight cluster.
    Unfortunately you have get your hand in behind the cluster and twist off the cover, then pull the bulb out. Replace the bulb then push back in and put the cover back on. Sounds easy but you require very small hands or a fair tolerance for pain. I have several scrapes on my wrist to prove it.
    I found that taking off the 2 bolts at the top did help a bit with the maneuvering, but not a lot of help.
    :grrr
     
  4. egstoo

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    Meriva headlights

    To replace the drivers dipped beam, the best way is to remove the air hose, pulls off top and bottom (note for refitting that the bottom hose has a key way on the top). Then fairly easy to get a male hand into the space to remove the bulb holder. You can also remove the 2 screws that hold the top of the headlamp housing and tilt forward if needed. :)
     
  5. briff

    briff Member

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    Looked impossible - but v easy when the hose is removed - many thanks.
    Anybody know if and when Haynes manual is to be produced?
     
  6. ZonedTone

    ZonedTone New Member

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    Why do car designers make such essentially user/driver maintenance jobs so difficult? I tried changing the h/l bulb on my Bro's Golf last year & despite being a (long retired) mechanic, I had NO idea. Then there's an ex-g/f's Merc A class. "Oooh, tricky job to replace the n/s h/l bulb. I can do it for £20 for you if you like?" (Piece of the proverbial in the end. One clip removes the washer tank & as easy as pie.) Plus; why aren't these things in the handbook? ;)
     
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  7. milliganp

    milliganp New Member

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    Sounds Good

    I've been driving with a dodgy bulb for three months but have Mot in 2 days.
    Off to Halfords to get a bulb will report back if successful.

    However what sort of idiot designs a car so that if your bulb fails while driving there is no practical way of fixing it?
     
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  8. Victorbox

    Victorbox Active Member

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    Are there no access panels in the plastic wheel arch mud shields up under wheel arch as on the Zafira? Even with these panels changing a bulb is like sticking your arm up a cow's rear end! Corsa C (facelift model) is a bumper off job to change bulb so I expect the Meriva is just as bad. In the end I gave up on the Zafira and my local Vauxhall dealer did it in 5 minutes for the cost of a new bulb. Easy when you've done a few I guess.
     
  9. Mick JG

    Mick JG New Member

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    I agree with smiddy355,
    Nearside Headlight bulb replacement...
    Undo the two screws that hold the headlight in situ, this allows limited movement forward...
    Unclip the relay box and move to the left to give better access...
    Get your hand in and twist (anticlockwise) the large plastic cover...
    Remove the bulb and connector...
    Unclip the old bulb then fit the new bulb...can be tricky, I have large hands but managed fairly easily...
    Replace the bulb, I found looking through the glass Hdlght cover helped...
    Replace Plastic cover, marked 'Top' to help you...twist clockwise to secure...
    Replace Relay box and two HdLight screws, job done...
    I'm no mechanic but it took me all of five minutes to complete...

    Drivers side remove the hose and two screws again for better access...

    By the way I have a Meriva 1.4 petrol (55 plate)

    Hope this helps you all...
     
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  10. Cheekychives

    Cheekychives New Member

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    Isn't all this ridiculous... There should be laws to make sure the design of all cars allows for quick and easy access to bulbs - like the bad old days. o_O
     

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