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Headlight Replacement Procedure

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2000 Porsche C4 with Litronics...

I removed my headlights to replace some of the bulbs; now I can not get the headlights to snap back into place. Is there a trick to this? I reviewed the owner's manual instructions and I have been trying for almost 2 hours. I was able to get the driver side to snap into place, but I don't know how I did it. I am still stuck on the passenger side.

Please help, I need to drive the car tomorrow!

Thank You.

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Thanks for the quick reply... I have seen this video but it does not actually demonstrate the replacement. I am looking for someone who actually knows the alignment and trick to get them to lock in.

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Thanks Loren,

I think there may have been an issue with the mounting plate. I played with it so much that I ended up breaking the locking mechanism!! So new question: Does anyone know what I need to change and how to go about install?

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If you broke the headlight tab then you will need the headlight replaced.

If that mounting plate is broken then it will need to be replaced and aligned.

If you are not familiar with these then compare the good one to the one that is not working.

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To close out this thread:

I removed the mounting plate completely to figure out what was going on. It turns out nothing was broken, but I did strip the end of the 5mm clamping bow. I was able to shave it down temporarily, until I can order a new rod. The mounting plate was pushed too far back, thus not allowing the clamp to engage properly. After a lot of time spent with alignment of the mounting plate, I finally got the light back in place.

For others who might come across this issue; the headlight does need to be pressed inward as much as possible, but the locking clamp should not feel like too much of a struggle. Check the alignment and try again!

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