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Driver's side headlight assembly removal help 2010 OB

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Need to remove the driver side headlight assembly due to a pheasant bouncing off of it and breaking the tab that bolts headlight to the body near fender:28:. Any help with removal process would be awesome as well as any suggestions on good strong products that might repair break so I dont have to purchase the over $300:gasp: headlight assembly lol! Thanks guys!
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You'll need to remove the front bumper cover. It's pretty easy, using mostly plastic clips. There is a how-to post somewhere on this forum. Plan 2-3 hours your first time, to allow for going slowly and not breaking anything. Once you've done it, it's pretty quick and easy.
 

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I deleted your other 2 identical threads.

Please do not create multiple identical threads in different forums.
 

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Just make sure that once you have the bumper off and are removing the bolts that hold it in, the top bolt along the fender wing has a plastic locator push pin next to it that needs to be removed.I missed that after removing all of the bolts and just pulled and broke the pin off. Although reading your description it sounds like that whole tab has already broken off.

If you are looking for threads you might find some good info in the "HID headlight install" DIY guides and threads. Guys describe the bumper and headlight housing removal process pretty well. The bumper takes about 15 minutes to take off your first time. Just make sure you have somewhere soft to set it so you don't scratch it up. The process isn't as daunting as it sounds.
 

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Thank you for all the help and especially the pages out of the service manual! It dawned on me that I could try plastic welding this ear back on the headlight, went to Harbor Freight, bought $15.00 el cheapo plastic weld kit, 20 minutes later it may not look as pretty but working like a champ! Saved me a little over $300, cant believe I didn't think of it before I posted for help!
 
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