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Old 08-28-2004, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I woke up this morning, I found a dead spider in my right headlight. Anyone have any clue how to get it out? It is on the front lens of where the low beam is. I can't find any way to get in there. I tried looking in the manual for how to do it and all it tells me is how to replace the bulb, which doesn't help. Any advice? I can't be havin a dead spider blocking my headlight beam!
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Old 08-28-2004, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This happened with my E36's instrument cluster. I pulled the cluster out until it bound with the steering wheel. Then I drilled a small hole on the underside into the instrument panel's cavity. Then I took the crevice tool on my vacuum cleaner up to the hole, (with my finger partly covering the crevice tool to get maximum suction) and sucked the little guy out of there. Now I don't know anything about headlights, but strong suction through a hole is certainly something to think about.
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Old 08-29-2004, 07:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you have one of the later models, it's rather easy. Take a philleps screw driver and loosen the turn signal screw (you don't have to take it all the way out). Remove the turn signal. Next remove the rubber gasket on top of the headlight lens. It snaps in place. Be very careful with the snap closest to the grill. It can break easily. Next, remove the plastic "under brow". It snaps in place as well.
Then unsnap the headlight cover. You are home free.

Follow the reverse to put them back together. Be careful not to touch the headlight bulb while you are in there. Use a flat head screw driver to help unsnap the plastic.
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