Introduction: Repair a Driver Headlight on a 2001 Kia Rio

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Repair a driver headlight on a 2001 Kia Rio using a Plastic Cd case...

Step 1: Electric

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plug in wires that were dragged 10 miles on the highway...

Step 2: Level Out the Light

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level out the light

Step 3: Grab Plastic Cover

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grab plastic cover

Step 4: Duct Tape Top

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duct tape top

Step 5: Duct Tape Bottom

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duct tape bottom

Step 6: Duct Tape to Hood

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duct tape to hood

Step 7: Duct Tape to Bumper

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this is what neeraahah calls the "cross-over" step...

Step 8: Reinforce Duct Tape

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secure cd light with reinforcement of duct tape

Step 9: Finished Product...

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the pimp-mobile in its full glory...


twocvbloke (author)2010-08-08


(That's what'll be stamped on your safety certificate too)

Cassio1107 (author)2010-03-31

Looks aside, this really is not safe or even functional. 

Go to a junk yard, get the correct parts for cheap, and put some effort into doing a decent repair. Can't find a junkyard? Then learn how to scrounge. Visit a mechanic or a body shop, maybe they have a wreck they'll let you pick over. Find a tow truck operator, find out where they take their wrecks, and go there.

HorseMan1990 (author)2009-06-29

What about the turn signal?

PKM (author)2007-05-21

Please remember that if you're in the UK, or somewhere with road safety laws as strict as ours, if your headlight deviates from the 0.5° downwards tilt you are likely to be pulled over in next to no time- upwards pointing headlights are pretty conspicuous. It's a good plan if you are in the middle of a long journey and happen to have the CD spindle case in the car, but I wouldn't recommend this as a long-term (or even medium-term) fix. Props on using 50% duct tape, 50% everything else :)

LasVegas (author)PKM2007-05-21

The situation's the same in the US. I'd look at a pull-it-yourself junkyard for the proper hardware.

Derin (author)LasVegas2008-08-21

too bad we don't have pull it yourself junkyards here,they just landfill the stuff
all that stuff,going to waste,*sniff*!NE MÜNASEBETSİZLİK ULAN!!!!!!

aznliu (author)2007-05-21

I hope the cd plastic cover doesn't melt. How hot does the light burn? Other than that, very nice job.

Derin (author)aznliu2008-08-21

it was smoking when a mechanic plugged it into a 12v sla andput it on a plastic rug

nature223 (author)2008-03-31

dude....did you stay drunk to do this entry??? AFTER driving???? as a stop gap...sure. as a permanent fix...just fix the car,it'll fail and endanger all those around you,and or look wierd to oncoming cars and maybe encourage a head on crash when they DONT realize your in a car with a busted headlight

neckfire (author)2007-06-04

Crap like this makes me not want to visit this site.

krazy (author)2007-05-21

HA HA that headlight matches the rest of the car... complete P.O.S. MAWHAHAHA i know i own a 2003 Kia Rio. and if i knew what i know today i wouldnt have even paid 100 bucks for a damn kia rio

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