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Old 05-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 88-91 civic headlight fix

I dont know if anyone wants the info but im going to post it anyway.

I bought a 89 civic hatch about a year and a half ago and the headlights were leaking and looked nasty inside. instead of buying headlights for a couple hundred bucks i decided to fix them my self and spend the money else were on my car.

things you need:
1 can of chrome spray paint front the auto store.
a heat gun
and some kind of sealer. ( i used liquid nails adhesive and sealer)
some 700 grit sand paper
some kinda cleaner like denatered alcohol
soap, water, and a green scotchbright pad.

First things first take the head lights out of the car.
get to a nice clean table were you can work. on the head lights there are 6 metal clips holding the glass to the rest of the light housing. the clips slide over. do not pry on them as the glass will crack or break. i used a screw driver and a hammer to tap the off. once the clips are off you can start to heat up the seam that holds the glass to the housing with the heat gun. take a flat head screw driver and stick it in between the housing and glass. pry very slowly with out alot of force or you can brake the glass. it will start to separate as the seam heats up. move the heat slowly from side to side and down the sides. then the glass should come apart.

now that the glass is apart, take the metal braket out of the inside of the housing. (two phillips head screws) clean all of the old sealer off the light housing and the glass. take it inside to the sink and scrub the crap out of it with the scotchbrite pad. dry the head light out good and take it back to your work area. sand the inside with the sand paper untill all the surfaces are smooth. wipe it down with alcohol and let it dry out for about 5 min. tape it off and paint the inside with chrome paint. let it dry. then install the braket back in the light.

when your putting the head light back together put a small amount of sealent arount the groove that the glass sits in. if you use to much i could see it squeezing out in to the inside of the light. push the glass back in the groove and start putting the clips back on the light. tap them back on the same way you took them off. reinstall and your done. i saved a couple hundred bucks doing this so i thought it was worth every penny and the time i spent. my head lights look brand new and it only took about an hour.

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Does anyone know where we could get new clips from? Most of mine are old and rusted.
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