replacing headlight assembly in 2001 Forester

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Zeppo, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Forester is
    terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems to
    be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    price.

    How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions or
    know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    Jon
     
    Zeppo, Jul 19, 2010
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  2. On Jul 19, 10:00 am, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    > Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Forester is
    > terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems to
    > be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    > price.
    >
    > How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions or
    > know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    > Jon


    If it is age-yellowed and pitted, there are kits and DIY methods for
    re-polishing the plastic lens.
     
    1 Lucky Texan, Jul 19, 2010
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  3. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    "1 Lucky Texan" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Jul 19, 10:00 am, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    >> Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Forester is
    >> terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems
    >> to
    >> be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    >> price.
    >>
    >> How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions
    >> or
    >> know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    >> Jon

    >
    > If it is age-yellowed and pitted, there are kits and DIY methods for
    > re-polishing the plastic lens.


    Hi Carl,
    I have actually done this in the past on a Chrysler Grand Caravan that had
    the problem. However within a year it got just as fogged up and yellowed
    again. I think the original UV coating lasts a lot longer than the uncoated
    polished lens. I'm king of hoping that someone has recorded the procedure
    for replacing the assembly on a blog or forum somewhere.

    Jon
     
    Zeppo, Jul 19, 2010
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  4. Zeppo

    S Guest

    Hi Jon!

    On Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:00:03 -0500, "Zeppo" <> wrote:

    >Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Forester is
    >terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems to
    >be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    >price.
    >
    >How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions or
    >know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    >Jon


    I polish the lens on my wife's '02 a couple times a year, that seems
    to be about how long the "shine" lasts. And they're getting more and
    more reluctant to clear up; we'll probably have to put in another set
    sometime soon. Funny, the headlights on my '99 Forry are glass, a
    benefit in my book.
    Anyway, they're pretty simple to change out.
    Disconnect the battery negative, remove the grille (four clips across
    the top, release with a screwdriver from the top), remove the corner
    lamp (a screw or two), and the trim below the headlight (snaps in
    IIRC). From there, 3 smallish bolts (8mm heads?) secure the headlight.
    I seem to recall that you don't need to re-aim them as long as you
    don't disturb the aiming screws during disassembly. You might find it
    easier if you remove the battery, and the little intake "scoop", but I
    don't recall it being mandatory.
    If you want, I'm sure I can find the appropriate sections of the FSM
    and send 'em along, but you probably will not find it necessary.
    Hope this helps.
    ByeBye! S.
    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
     
    S, Jul 20, 2010
    #4
  5. Zeppo

    Frank Guest

    On Jul 19, 12:35 pm, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    > "1 Lucky Texan" <> wrote in messagenews:...
    >
    > > On Jul 19, 10:00 am, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    > >> Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Foresteris
    > >> terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems
    > >> to
    > >> be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    > >> price.

    >
    > >> How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions
    > >> or
    > >> know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    > >> Jon

    >
    > > If it is age-yellowed and pitted, there are kits and DIY methods for
    > > re-polishing the plastic lens.

    >
    > Hi Carl,
    > I have actually done this in the past on a Chrysler Grand Caravan that had
    > the problem. However within a year it got just as fogged up and yellowed
    > again. I think the original UV coating lasts a lot longer than the uncoated
    > polished lens. I'm king of hoping that someone has recorded the procedure
    > for replacing the assembly on a blog or forum somewhere.
    >
    > Jon


    Acrylic has good optical qualities and light resistance which is why
    it is used in automotive lenses.
    I hear UV coatings mentioned but I doubt it. There are abrasion
    resistant coatings but I'm also not sure they are used as for
    eyeglasses.
    Clouding is most likely due to abrasion. A desert or seashore climate
    where sand blows around would probably accelerate clouding of lense.
    Lenses can be buffed up. I used to have a watch with plastic crystal
    that I would polish with tooth paste to restore clarity but there are
    kits available to restore acrylic lenses even claiming help with uv.
     
    Frank, Jul 20, 2010
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  6. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    "S" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi Jon!
    >
    > On Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:00:03 -0500, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    >
    >>Just noticed the drivers side headlight lens on my son's 2001 Forester is
    >>terribly fogged and the light does not project well at all. There seems to
    >>be many replacement headlight assemblies on eBay for a pretty reasonable
    >>price.
    >>
    >>How difficult is the assembly to replace? Does anyone have instructions or
    >>know of any on line? I can't locate anything on the web.
    >>Jon

    >
    > I polish the lens on my wife's '02 a couple times a year, that seems
    > to be about how long the "shine" lasts. And they're getting more and
    > more reluctant to clear up; we'll probably have to put in another set
    > sometime soon. Funny, the headlights on my '99 Forry are glass, a
    > benefit in my book.
    > Anyway, they're pretty simple to change out.
    > Disconnect the battery negative, remove the grille (four clips across
    > the top, release with a screwdriver from the top), remove the corner
    > lamp (a screw or two), and the trim below the headlight (snaps in
    > IIRC). From there, 3 smallish bolts (8mm heads?) secure the headlight.
    > I seem to recall that you don't need to re-aim them as long as you
    > don't disturb the aiming screws during disassembly. You might find it
    > easier if you remove the battery, and the little intake "scoop", but I
    > don't recall it being mandatory.
    > If you want, I'm sure I can find the appropriate sections of the FSM
    > and send 'em along, but you probably will not find it necessary.
    > Hope this helps.
    > ByeBye! S.
    > Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    > Laboratory Manager
    > Microelectronics Research
    > University of Colorado
    > (719) 262-3101


    Thanks Steve. This is pretty much what I was looking for. Course, if someone
    has the pages from the service manual that would be great too.

    Regards,
    Jon
     
    Zeppo, Jul 20, 2010
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  7. Zeppo

    S Guest

    Hi Jon!

    On Tue, 20 Jul 2010 05:51:54 -0500, "Zeppo" <> wrote:


    >Thanks Steve. This is pretty much what I was looking for. Course, if someone
    >has the pages from the service manual that would be great too.


    I can send you the full service manual if you have a robust mailbox,
    it's about 45MB large. Or I can pick out the appropriate .pdf's; that
    will be considerably smaller, maybe a couple MB. (?)

    Chester.uccs.edu (a Linux box) used to do anonymous FTP (and a bunch
    of other cool stuff), but I had to take it down a couple years ago;
    the U is a Microsoft operation these days, and the network
    administration staff doesn't like having computers on the campus
    network that they don't control.

    Homeland Security, don't ya know, and I guess I understand their
    position, but I don't have to like it. Chester is just an alias on the
    department's mail server these days, and only that because I refuse to
    maintain an "official" UCCS login and invent a new 20 character
    password every month. Hell, I can barely remember the half-dozen or so
    I have now.

    Bitch, bitch, bitch; don't get me started ;-)

    Anyway, drop a line and I'll do what I can for you.

    ByeBye! S.


    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
     
    S, Jul 20, 2010
    #7
  8. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    "S" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > Hi Jon!
    >
    > On Tue, 20 Jul 2010 05:51:54 -0500, "Zeppo" <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Thanks Steve. This is pretty much what I was looking for. Course, if
    >>someone
    >>has the pages from the service manual that would be great too.

    >
    > I can send you the full service manual if you have a robust mailbox,
    > it's about 45MB large. Or I can pick out the appropriate .pdf's; that
    > will be considerably smaller, maybe a couple MB. (?)
    >
    > Chester.uccs.edu (a Linux box) used to do anonymous FTP (and a bunch
    > of other cool stuff), but I had to take it down a couple years ago;
    > the U is a Microsoft operation these days, and the network
    > administration staff doesn't like having computers on the campus
    > network that they don't control.
    >
    > Homeland Security, don't ya know, and I guess I understand their
    > position, but I don't have to like it. Chester is just an alias on the
    > department's mail server these days, and only that because I refuse to
    > maintain an "official" UCCS login and invent a new 20 character
    > password every month. Hell, I can barely remember the half-dozen or so
    > I have now.
    >
    > Bitch, bitch, bitch; don't get me started ;-)
    >
    > Anyway, drop a line and I'll do what I can for you.


    Steve,
    Sent you an email. Post if you didn't receive it.

    Jon
     
    Zeppo, Jul 20, 2010
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