It's Winter and this time of year a front bulb always seems to blow! I've just spent two hours replacing the offside dipped bulb. Thinking about it now it should have been a five minute job if I had just followed some simple rules.
1) The access to the headlights are in the wheel arches, so first thig to do is turn the wheel into the wheelarch so you have just enough space to take off the cover.
2) This is where you have to work blind as you only have enough room for your arm. Reach into the hole and feel for the large circular cap that covers the back of the bulb holder. It takes a quarter turn (anticlockwise) to come off.
3) Remove the electric connector block that is pushed onto the bulb terminals, and put to one side.
4) The bulb is held in place by a strange W shape spring clip. Try not to remove the whole clip. It is held in place by two circular rings at the base, and clips into a small notch at the top of the mounting. It has two arms that apply pressure to the baseplate of the bulb thereby holding it in place. By moving the top of the clip towards you, it will clear the holding notch and then drop down (still being held in place in the two rings at the bottom).
5) The bulb can how be removed and a new one put in it's place. There is a cut out in the bulbs base plate so that it can seat correctly in the headlight. Once this is in, you need to pull up the clip and then try and catch the top of the clip back in the notch by pulling it slightly towards you and then pushing it forwards to clip in.
6) Push on the electric connector block. An idea at this point is to test the light to see if the connector is on correctly, and that the bulb works.
Replace the plastic circular back of the bulb unit to seal it and you can then refit the wheel arch cover plate.
Step 4 and 5 are the trickiest. Not the easiest thing to do, not sure why Renault couldn't have made it a bit easier, but at least the job can be done without removing whells, bumpers etc that I've seen on other web sites.
Why bother with all that?
When my side indicator bulb went,I got out my Haynes manual,followed their instructions,but even with the front wheel,and wheel arch protector removed,I just couldn't get the bulb out!No room for my clubby fingers!
In desperation,I went on the Internet,for further help,and was informed Halfords would do it for £3.99,plus the cost of a packet of replacement indicator firstname.lastname@example.org.
I checked with my local Halfords,"No problem" they told me,so I took the car there,and they changed it in about 15 minutes!"Its a bit awkward this one",otherwise job done!
So now you know where to go next time!
Apparently Renault remove the front bumber,etc.,and charge you accordingly,so beware!]