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Changing 06 SLK 280 Headlight Housing

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I am getting ready to change my driver side headlight housing. I see two screws holding the unit in.

While I am doing this I am replacing the drive side fog light. So I will have the inner fender well cover removed.

So my question is will I be able to pull the headlight housing out either from the top without removing body parts or pull it down through the fender well?

Thanks in advance for any advice or help.

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Hi,

I am getting ready to change my driver side headlight housing. I see two screws holding the unit in.

While I am doing this I am replacing the drive side fog light. So I will have the inner fender well cover removed.

So my question is will I be able to pull the headlight housing out either from the top without removing body parts or pull it down through the fender well?

Thanks in advance for any advice or help.

Mike
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If my recollection serves me well, you need to remove the front bumper to remove the front light fixture.

Not removing the bumper to completely access the light housing will probably lead to breaking of plastic tabs on the light fixture

Hope this helps
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When you get the chance to do the change, how about taking step-by-step photos and then posting them as a tutorial w/narrative?

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I will do that and share it. Good idea.
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Thanks Mike. Maybe posting it under the DIY section would be a good place?
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Guys - there's another thread here somewhere that I posted pictures in...


Found - here you go. And yes, you will need to remove the headlight from the top, not the bottom.
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PLEASE be aware that you will need to realign the headlight if you remove the housing.
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I think the procedure for the fog light does not apply to removing the whole headlamp housing or assembly.

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OK I want to thank everybody for their input.

First you can replace the headlight housing from underneath the fender well without removing the bumper. You will have to loosen the bumper on the side that you are changing.

It is very simple but will require the wiggling the light housing until it goes into place.

So follow the instructions posted on how to change the fog light.

Loosen the bumper three bolts two in center for hood support and the one near the light assembly. See the posting on how to remove the bumper from a SLK 350.

There is a brace, inside the fender well and underneath the light assembly that goes to where he fender and bumper meet. Remove that brace.

There is also a bolt holding the light assembly in place under the light housing. You will have to remove it and the two on top of the light housing.

From there you will be able to drop the light assembly down through the fender well once you unhook all the lights.

Reverse the procedure to install.

It was really very easy.
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