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Old 05-10-2004, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i am looking at buying a 97 528 and the only thing that bothers me about it is the headlights have a discoloration. the best way i can describe it the way dodge neons or ford mustang headlights look over time. how do you get rid of this? how hard is it to take the lenses off and swap them out. thanks guys. jered
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It is very easy to get the headlight covers off. There are four screws on each headlight; you're going to need a socket set to get them off. Two are immediately visible on the top; for the other two you have to look straight down the back side of the headlight housing. Once you take those four screws out and disconnect the wiring for the lights, you can pull the headlight free. To get the covers off, take a flathead screwdriver and GENTLY pry up the tabs surrounding the entire front of the headlight. There is also a single tab down in the crevace in between the low beam light and the turn signal.

Once you have the covers off, you can try to polish them or you can snap new ones on.
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is there polish or anything that gets that gunk off better than others? thanx
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I'm not sure...but I'd love to know too because mine also look like crap ...Windex didn't do it
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Ya there is a polish I use it for the windows on my Jeep they sell it at www.4wd.com its a 4wd shop. Heres a link, it works awsome I just did my headlights and they look like new.

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Hmm its most likely gunk built up on the outter surface and can probably be easily removed with 3m plastic polish. I could be wrong, but in all the times ive had a discolored headlight, thats what clears it up!!
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Plexus... i hear it works well but never used it myself
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