Driving your Mini Cooper with faulty headlights is very dangerous. Not only is your road vision reduced in darker conditions, but other drivers may fail to see your vehicle, which may result in an accident. In addition, most states have implemented laws against driving with faulty headlights and you may receive a ticket from the local authorities if caught. Thankfully, assembling a Mini Cooper's headlight is a simple process requiring only the use of a replacement bulb.
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Things you need
- Clean gloves
- Replacement bulb
Turn off the engine and open the bonnet. Put on the gloves.
Pull on the tab of the cover atop the headlamp assembly to remove it. Disconnect the retaining wire from the rear of the lamp.
Push the retaining wire out of the way and remove the headlamp assembly from the vehicle.
Pull the old bulb out of the headlamp and install the replacement bulb.
Place the assembly back into the vehicle and reattach the retaining wire. Reattach the cover atop the headlamp assembly and close the bonnet.
Tips and warnings
- Whenever working on a component using the electrical system, switch off the electrical accessory you are working on. Make sure to turn off the headlights before replacing them. Failure to do so could result in short circuits.
- The H7 halogen bulb contains pressurised gas that can cause the bulb to explode if dropped or scratched.
- Oils from your hands could cause the bulbs to fail prematurely. Always wear gloves when handling halogen bulbs.
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