Repair a Driver Headlight on a 2001 Kia Rio





Introduction: Repair a Driver Headlight on a 2001 Kia Rio

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

Step 1: Electric

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

Step 2: Level Out the Light

level out the light

Step 3: Grab Plastic Cover

grab plastic cover

Step 4: Duct Tape Top

duct tape top

Step 5: Duct Tape Bottom

duct tape bottom

Step 6: Duct Tape to Hood

duct tape to hood

Step 7: Duct Tape to Bumper

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

Step 8: Reinforce Duct Tape

secure cd light with reinforcement of duct tape

Step 9: Finished Product...

the pimp-mobile in its full glory...



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

    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.

    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 :)

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

    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!!!!!!

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

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

    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

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

    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