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post #1 of 10 Old 11-09-2004, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight lens removal

Try as I might, I have not found any instructions on how to remove and replace the headlight lenses on my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Is it as simple as removing the bolt at the top on the cross member, and then yanking the unit up and out?
Or is there something holding it in place on the bottom that must be loosened or removed first. Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-09-2004, 09:26 PM
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There is no bolt or screw to remove.
The headlight simply pops off. If it hasn't been removed in a while, it is going to be hard to remove, but it will come off.
Just grab the bottom of the housing with your fingers and snap it toward you. The bottom will pop off. Then you can snap the top off. It's held on by three snap fit ball and socket connectors.
Here's a helpful hint... Apply a this coating of lithium grease to the sockets before replacing the assembly.

BTW, why do you want to remove the housing? It's not necessary if you are needing to change the bulb...

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-09-2004, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Why I'm replacing

Over time the lens on the original unit has gotten all yellow and faded and crusty and spreads the light all over the place. The new units I'm dying to put in are crystal clear. I'm headed out to the driveway right now to try it. Wish me luck!
And thanks for your reply. I'll let you know how I make out in a little bit.
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Good luck!

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done with it

Getting them off was a snap. Getting the new ones on was not as easy. The aftermarket units didn't snap on as easily as I had hoped. Had to be very careful to line them up and even then it wasn't easy. But it's done and it looks and works a lot better. thanks for your help!
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Glad they worked out for you.
Now have a beer!

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post #7 of 10 Old 02-19-2013, 02:08 PM
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Used this guide to remove my lens and worked perfectly but you can also use a claw hammer laying on the lens horizontally and pry against the cross member to pop the top out. Be sure to check and replace your other bulbs and lubricate the adjustment screws while you have the lens out. Oldie but a goodie.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-19-2013, 04:03 PM
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headlights with yellow tint

whats an easy way to clean up a set of headlights with a yellow tint. i am doing this on a real small budget. i heard toothpaste works. what is your suggestions.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-20-2013, 08:34 AM
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whats an easy way to clean up a set of headlights with a yellow tint. i am doing this on a real small budget. i heard toothpaste works. what is your suggestions.
It has to be a baking soda based tooth paste. Or baking soda...

Polishing compound works.
The actual headlight restore kits are cheap too.

'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.

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whats an easy way to clean up a set of headlights with a yellow tint. i am doing this on a real small budget. i heard toothpaste works. what is your suggestions.
Wet sand them, clean with nail polish remover, buff them with rubbing compound, then paint 'em with clear coat.

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