How to Open OE Headlights

Whenever you decide to add any accessory light elements, such as CCFL halo rings, into the factory headlight assembly or insert lenses, you will need to open the headlight assembly first. It may seem quite complicated at a glance, yet if you have basic tools and technical skills, that’s something you will definitely cope with. Here is a quick instruction that will explain you the steps and things you need to be aware of when dealing with the task.

How to Open OE Headlights

What tools are needed to open a headlight?

  • Flathead screwdriver;
  • Heat gun or oven.

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✔ Step 1. The very first thing you need to do is to uninstall headlight from the vehicle and remove wires and bulbs. Pretty much, you want to leave only the plastic headlight shell.

✔ Step 2. In order to open the light we will first need to heat up its housing.

  • If you plan to use a heat gun, begin by heating the seal evenly while constantly moving the heat gun.
  • If you plan to use an oven (gas or electric): preheat to 225F and place the light in oven for 10 minutes.

✔ Step 3. Now you will need to open the light. Always remember, that plastic is very fragile, so you want to open the light carefully without risking damaging the plastic elements.

  • You will need a flat-head screwdriver. Take it and insert between the lens and housing. Then apply pressure and try to separate the lens from the housing. Be careful, as the plastic elements will be hot.
  • Now, it’s time to work all the way around the screwdriver. Pry through the sealant until you separate the lens from the housing. This step will be the most time-consuming one.
  • If the lens won’t separate, you will need to heat it for 5 minutes again (see Step #2 of this instruction). Then take the screwdriver and pry again.

✔ Step 4. When you open the lens, separate the chrome housing from the assembly. You will need this chrome housing for further halo rings installation if that’s something you plan to do.

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technical writer at Halo HeadlightsSusan is a technical writer with years of experience in technical sphere. Besides, she is a car enthusiast and never loses an opportunity to visit car events and racing. She is anxious about everything that is fast, loud and bright. Now she is a technical writer at HaloHeadlights.com and is glad to share her knowledge in the car lighting spere with the readers. You can ask a question to Susan using the form.


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