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Roadside HID Change!!

How when in France can it be possible to replace a HID H/L bulb at the roadside to ensure legality with the French 'spare-bulbs' requirement???

What is the police attitude to this as it can't be done!
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I suppose it must depend on the under-bonnet layout but in diagnosing my ballast problem ('01 1.9dci),I was able to remove and swap over the HID bulbs easily enough. Certainly a bit tight for space and I guess if you have hands like spades it could be more difficult. You need to pull out the washer bottle filler neck (just twist and pull) and tuck some of the looms up out of the way but other than that a squeeze but possible.
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I suppose it must depend on the under-bonnet layout but in diagnosing my ballast problem ('01 1.9dci),I was able to remove and swap over the HID bulbs easily enough. Certainly a bit tight for space and I guess if you have hands like spades it could be more difficult. You need to pull out the washer bottle filler neck (just twist and pull) and tuck some of the looms up out of the way but other than that a squeeze but possible.
Hi Phonebox - I had a 2001 1.9dci couple of years ago and couldn't get my hands down behind the n/s lamp to change a std bulb on that and my hands aren't that big - just seems that no manufacturer these days takes into account maintainability within their designs. BUT are quite happy to 'fleece' you to do the job for you!! I'll check this Laguna out and see if there is any more on this one - no reason why there should be I guess!!
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Finally sussed the bumper removal, swapped the Ballast and low and behold, nothing! So, tried the bulb in the other light - it's fine, so looks like a problem with the feed into the Drivers side... Gonna take it into my local autoleccy to get it properly checked out.....
Did you get the problem sorted?
Was it the feed to the ballast?
Was your original ballest ok?

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The wiring plugs are a little different too. On the old unit the supply from the car came via a black wire and a red wire going into a six pin plug. With the new one comes a (from memory) four pin plug with a grey wire and an orange wire. Simply cut off the old plug from the red and black supply wires and join the orange new wire to the car's red supply and the grey to the car's black supply using a good quality connector.
Finally, the only real problem that I discovered is that the new style bulb connector is bulkier than the original one meaning the protective cover won't fit on the back of the headlamp. I improvised a seal using duct tape- it's important not to leave the back of the lamp exposed as water will get in and destroy the ballast- this is what happened to the one I replaced judging by the corrosion around it.
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Hi,
I have just replace the drivers side ballast on my car today with a new Valeo unit (part # 088318)
The replacement is available from GSF, it's not listed on their site but they ordered it in for me.
This may be a more convenient option than mail order if you have a GSF branch near you.
My branch is always fair with prices & will always try their best to price match.

As you mentioned then replacement unit is supplied with a new power plug as the connector on the new ballast is different to that on the old factory fitted one.
I cut the old plug off & connected the new plug as you did...
Orange of new plug to Red of old plug
Grey of new plug to Black of old plug.

I also noticed that the connector that goes onto the bulb is bulkier that the original, however l was still able to fit the protective cover on the back of the headlamp ok on mine.
The connector pushes on & twists to lock on, you can position the connector in 2 positions, maybe if you tried yours on the next position round the protective cover would fit ok.

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