The Mini Cooper, long popular in Europe, can be seen more and more in the U.S. due to its unique styling and its fuel efficiency. As with all automobiles, a Mini Cooper will require some basic maintenance from time to time. While many repairs will necessitate a trip to the local garage, there are a number of jobs that can be done at home by the competent do-it-yourselfer. One such job is the installation of new driving lights or headlights.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Mini Cooper replacement bulb
- Screwdriver set
Drive your Mini Cooper to a good working location. The spot you choose should be flat and well-lighted. Engage the parking brake.
Turn off the engine and let the car sit for up to 30 minutes until it cools. When the bonnet is cool to the touch, pop the bonnet and look directly behind the headlight lens.
Locate the wiring harness, which connects the Mini's electrical system to the headlight assembly. Grab the base of the plug and depress the two side tabs. Then pull it free from the headlight.
Remove the old bulb from the Mini Cooper headlight socket. Turn it one quarter turn to the left and pull it straight out. Discard old bulb appropriately.
Insert new bulb and turn it to the right until it locks in place. Replace the wiring harness and close bonnet.
Tips and warnings
- When replacing a burnt-out driving light it is recommended that you replace its companion light at the same time for a balanced appearance.
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