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Thread: Replacing left front indicator bulb

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    My left front indicator bulb has just given up the ghost.

    Read through the owner's handbook where it says to take the wheel arch lining off to get at it, but when I did this I was faced with a small radiator completely blocking access to the indicator set, which I definitely don't feel skilled enough to try and remove.

    Done a search on the technical fixes thread of this forum are there doesn't seem to be a how-to guide to this bulb change. Am I really going to have to take her to a specialist just to get a bl00dy bulb changed??!!
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    Senior Member safrane's Avatar
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    Under tray off and you should be able to access the bolt that holds the front fog and side light unit in place push the unit out towards the front of the car and replace.
    Mask around the apature so you do not scratch the paintwork when taking it out or putting back in.
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    Thanks, but the words "under tray off" take it beyond my means at home. I only have a heavy-duty jack to call upon, which won't be any use for that sort of job.

    However, the relative ease of doing it this way for a garage with an inspection lift does mean I should be able to use a local firm and not have to traipse miles to a specialist, so I appreciate your input.
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    Its only the small bib tray that Pete refers to - a series of small screws onto the bumper, 4 or 5 small nuts at the back of the tray onto threaded rods that drop down from cross member and possibly a couple of screws to the arch liner from memory. I think you can then get to bolt at back of indicator light cluster and pull unit forward. Be confident to pull bib tray down and forwards as the brake ducts hook over intercooler pipes (they are not fixed - they just slot into the next section of brake duct)

    Having had headlights out a few times I prefer this route of taking out indicator to remove headlight to access the bolt that holds the underside of headlight unit (you can access it with a very long extension piece) between chassis and where the brake duct attached to the front bib is normally located. Use a torch and you will see what I mean. For the headlight you will also need to remove air filter to get to the inner wing bolt on headlight and then remove rear bolt once you have removed front half of arch liner.
    Tape paintwork as Peter suggests.

    I have done this all on my back with trolly jack and axle stands and any local garage should be able to this. You certainly dont need to take intercooler/rad off. I would also get them to replace side light bulbs while doing indicator bulb - you dont want to pay them twice. I would also do both sides while at it - my ndicators had a MOT advisory that all the orange paint had flaked off

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    You can take the undertray off without any sort of lifting. You'll be lying on you back, for sure, but it's really simple. No need to panic

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    i also think with the wheel arch cover off you can actually get your hands into the back of the indicator without removing the intercooler radiator? That might be the headlight i am thinking of, cant remember. Depends how big your arms are maybe :-)
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    Thanks all.
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