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post #1 of 19 Old 07-23-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have to admit I'm not the greatest do it yourself car maintenance person but changing the back light on my C-Max what a performance .Firstly taking panels off the interior of the car is nerve wrecking to put it mildly and then realising that I haven't got a piano players fingers to reach the lower fastener . Of course then you find out some smart arse at the Ford plant has over-tightened the nutWhat ever happened to two screws on the top of the fitting , like as in the Focus .This took me forty minutes to change a bulb , how ridiculous is that[img]smileys/smiley7.gif[/img]

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I haven't had to do mine yet but the fingers size is a similar concern

When I get to need to do so I plan to make a "box spanner" type unit out of a piece of kitchen waste pipe with two slots cut for the wings of the retainers and something like elastic bands to keepthe retainerin place so that I don't drop the nut behind the trim panel




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I've got quite big hands and did mine without trouble. Did someone else's but dropped the lower nut while trying to get it back on. Homemade tool sounds like a bright idea though. [img]smileys/smiley20.gif[/img]

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I like the sound of the D.I.Y. tool especially for the lower [img]smileys/smiley1.gif[/img]

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What sound is it, I have never heard of it...
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My local mechanic took half an hour to get the light cover off to change my brake bulb and cracked the plastic grrr!! So glad I didn't try to do it myself though after watching the performance he went through....
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if I ever need to change one I plan to just change the lot for LED bulbs at the same time. Theoretically that should be the last time it needs done. What's wrong with the way it used to be, where the "glass" was removable by undoing a couple of screws. Easy Peasy compared to the rigmarole we have to perform now! I dread having to change any front bulbs on my sons Xsara though. Apparently the bumper has to come off before the headlight can be removed to change the bulbs. The indicator one at least! What cretin thought that one up???

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So many things have not got to be able to be removed by the light fingered fraternity

Which car was it that the front wheel and the whole of the wheel arch shield had to come out or am I remembering it wrong?




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I think I remember that one Richard was it the Renault megane? remember it Beeing on one of those motoring programs!!

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Ha Ha, it was wheeler dealers. Edd China had to take the side panel of a Citroen DS I think it was. Beautiful to look at but mind boggingly difficult to work on.

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