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Hey my headlights have a lot of play in them vertically. I've been planning on taking them out to clean out the fogginess anyway but until then Id like to have them tight and not sagging. Is there a screw I can tighten or what? Thanks in advance and sorry for the stupid question lol
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Re: tighten headlights?

there are three boltss/screws that hold the lights in. one is directly above the light in the rad support. this is the only bolt that will stop rocking from front to back. the other two may help. another bolt is behind the grill on the lower side of the light. should be a 10 mil and hard to get to. the last is on the outside of the light and requires the bumper to be removed to get to.
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Re: tighten headlights?

More than likely.... your headlight tabs may be broken - common issue.


But as said above, the bolt on the top is what would prevent it from rocking back/forth.
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Re: tighten headlights?

cant believe i forgot to put that in. the bolt at the top through the rad support goes through a plastic tab on the top of the light. its probably broken as just mentioned
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More than likely.... your headlight tabs may be broken - common issue.


But as said above, the bolt on the top is what would prevent it from rocking back/forth.
this. I can fix broken headlight tabs
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Re: tighten headlights?

Thanks guys. So even if the tabs are broken if I tighten the screw it should tighten it up?
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if the tabs broken, making sure the side bolts are tight will help but i cant say if it will fix it.
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Ok thanks for the help.
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Hey my headlights have a lot of play in them vertically. I've been planning on taking them out to clean out the fogginess anyway but until then Id like to have them tight and not sagging. Is there a screw I can tighten or what? Thanks in advance and sorry for the stupid question lol
After you figure out how to get them nice and tight, you can keep them in to clean the fogginess away. There is no need to take them out. There are real good headlight restoration kits that make your headlights look brand new and you leave the lights right in the car. I did it to mine and they came out mint!
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Re: tighten headlights?

depends if the problem is only on the outside. took mine apart and the inside was dirty as hell with water spots and road grime. cant fix that on the car. i have heard though the 3m kit does work good.
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Re: tighten headlights?

I hadn't tried the outside lol is the 3m kit expensive? And is it multi use or would I have to get one for each headlight?
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I hadn't tried the outside lol is the 3m kit expensive? And is it multi use or would I have to get one for each headlight?
I think the kit itself goes for around 30 bucks (at least in Canada). Prob a little cheaper in the states.

I don't mean to thread hi-jack, but does anyone know if the 3m kit would restore headlights with stone chips from the sanding process to make it look as smooth/clear as new? I bought Meguiar's kit a while back...and while it alleviated the hazing, all the stone chips remained and it's quite obvious at night :(
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the kit would be good to do both lights.. as for stone chips, you would need to be much more aggressive. you might need to go as low as 1000 grit to get enough plastic off. you would then need to work your way up to 1500,2000,3000 and polish away. i doubt the 3m kit would include the proper grits to go that hard.
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tell me your secrets both tabs on my lights r broked
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the kit would be good to do both lights.. as for stone chips, you would need to be much more aggressive. you might need to go as low as 1000 grit to get enough plastic off. you would then need to work your way up to 1500,2000,3000 and polish away. i doubt the 3m kit would include the proper grits to go that hard.
Hmm, would you suggest I just forget about the 3m kit, purchase those grits separately from Home Depot or something, wetsand the headlights, and then just apply Meguiars afterwards?
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dont know. mine went well. i had the polish, and scratch remover, and had the 2000 grit lying around. i took mine apart and had to buy 6 bucks worth of butyl sealant from napa. i have only heard good things of the 3m kit. it comes with a drill attachment and looks pretty easy to use. if i didnt have all the stuff handy i would have bought it for sure. heres the ebay link 3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System | eBay
if you got some serious chips you probably wont get them out. little stone nicks might come out. and yes you can do them on the car but one slip and your bumpers finish is wrecked. try it by hand, get some green 3m painters tape and mask off the fender and bumper. see if you can find a multi pack of assorted grits that will work. you will only need a half sheet of sandpaper per light. plastic is soft. keep the clean water too it and clean it first.
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