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oldgeezer
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Aug 31, 2009, 2:56 PM

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Where are the screws that allow me to remove the bezel in front ot the headlights on the drivers side of an 86 Buick Electra? (so I can replace the headlight). This is the 4-dr Buick model that has the hood that tilts up from the back near the firewall. I can find the bezel screws at the top of the bezel underneath the front of the hood, but where are the rest?
Thanks for your help.

Note: what I was calling the bezel above is actually a chrome trim piece around the headlight and the side light, all one piece.Found 4 screws holding it, 3 underneath hood and one in side of front fender trim around the side light. By taking this piece off, the actual bezels around the headlights were easily visible, and the bezel screws (4 per headlight) were easily removed.

(This post was edited by oldgeezer on Sep 2, 2009, 2:31 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 1, 2009, 2:04 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In








Sorry for the lousy pic - is the car like this with sealed beams? Those have four screws on a trim ring and that's it if so - bulb hangs out, unplug it and grease up the connection, put it back in the way it came out again should be it - if this type,

T



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Sep 1, 2009, 3:02 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In

looks like the same type OK, I found two of the four screws at the top of the chrome ring, can you tell me where the others are?


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 1, 2009, 3:15 AM

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This should be what you are facing called "bezels" and many you can just remove two of the four and slide bulb out. These can snap but should be a stock item. You need a long sharp #2 Phillips to get those screws out on an oldie like this. Putting the screws back is another challenge. Tape, magnet or whatever works! Save one easy screw as it's easy to lose them so you can match it with new ones from hardware store,

T



oldgeezer
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Sep 1, 2009, 5:13 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In

Actually, it is the chrome piece that I can't tell how to get it off, the piece that includes the chrome over signal light. I will try to upload a picture of the piece I need to get off. Like I said I found the top screws underneath the front of the hood, but cant find the other screws. The arrows in the attached picture show where I have found screws so far.

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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 1, 2009, 5:23 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In


Ok - there's your pic directly. You shouldn't need to remove that trim to change a headlight but I could be wrong?? There should be enough flex to get to the screws to that bezel - the harder part is getting them back in,

T



Hammer Time
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Sep 1, 2009, 6:43 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In

If I remember right, I think you have to remove the side turn signal light first. There should be a screw going in from the top, near the headlight.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 1, 2009, 8:40 AM

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Re: 86 Buick headlight replacement Sign In

Should have said earlier: I strongly suggest replacing ALL headlights if age of them is unknown. These don't cost that much but like household lights have a limited # of hours of use. Plain halogens new will be twice a bright too when new vs older! Win, win,

T







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