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Old 05-17-2007, 07:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everyone.

I got some narva plus 50 halogen globes today, and went to swap them out. But I cant seem to work out how to get access to the light to replace the bulb.

I checked the user manual and it said it can be done from the engine bay... i cant see how
I checked the tutorials here and looked at the HID replacement and it said to take off the wheel and come in from underneath, I dont want to take off the wheel to change a bulb.

am I missing something obvious?
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know in the 03 model you have to take the wheel off and go through the back door, I'm sure the new ones would be the same.

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Old 05-17-2007, 02:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You take the wheel off, take off the front fenter well, and there's a little door that unscrews to give you full access tot he inside of the light. You then just pop open the wire things and the lights come right out.
Very simple.
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maybe i can just turn the wheel enough to get in there

i'll give it a try
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maybe i can just turn the wheel enough to get in there

i'll give it a try
I've done that, but it's a pain in the A$$!!!...especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. You can take the wheel off in less than 2 minutes, save yourself the trouble...
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The service manual is wrong. So very, very wrong. You'd have to be Mr Fantastic or the T1000 to get at the globe from the engine bay.

As people have said:

Jack the car up
Drop the wheel
Take out the clips on the front half of the inner guard lining

and there's a round lid thingy that you turn to get access to the back of the headlamp array.


You can do it with the wheel on, but without a hoist its far easier with it off.
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hey I did it,

managed to change them without taking the wheel off, wasn't too hard, just a bit fiddly,

lights are brighter, not massively brighter but i guess better than the standard ones

i noticed that the inside of the front tyres are wearing more than the rest, any idea what that is caused by?

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hey I did it,
managed to change them without taking the wheel off, wasn't too hard, just a bit fiddly,
i noticed that the inside of the front tyres are wearing more than the rest, any idea what that is caused by?
Hehe...you were just so determined not to have to take the wheel off.

I believe front tire wear is common in the 2003 to 2005 models. There are different types of wear. Below is a link to one of the recent threads that just happen to be the same year as yours. There's more threads out there on this site.

http://www.350z-tech.com/forums/index.php?...c=29061&hl=

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I think the dealer is probably going to screw you. Still, I'd check to see if they'd fix it. If not, just go to a reputable tire alignment place and buy a 4-wheel-alignment where you pay once and it's good for a year or longer. Meaning, you can come back like every 4 to 6 months (or if you think you hit something) to have the alignment checked/fixed without having to pay again. If they have the latest equipment, they can do the job in less than 25 minutes. I actually bought a 3 year since freakin' potholes on the road seem to be attracted to my Z.

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