Anyone ever repaired the metal piece that surrounds the headlight bulb and holds it in? I had a headlight go out and when I was replacing it, one of the metal tabs on the metal surround that holds the bulb in came off. I tried superglue and soldering it but nothing seems to hold.
I had the two bottom tabs break off the welds causing the headlight to flop around over bumps and cause the motor to jam up sometimes because the headlight bulb wouldn't stay in all the way.
I used a small drill, and a rivet gun with small rivets and riveted them back on. Just use a bench vise or have someone hold the two tabs in a pair of vice-grips while you drill two holes where the spot welds used to be, then drill out the same two holes on the headlight surrounds. They may not line up perfect with the screw holes, but they should be close enough to get persuade back into the screw holes as long as you drill where the old spot welds used to be... Also, make sure you rivet it downward, so that the smooth "domed" side is towards the headlight. This was actually the first fix I did to my car last year... It's been a year and it's still holding strong!
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Are you refering to the metal ring with the 4 phillips screws, or the headlamp housing itself? If it's the metal ring, most auto part stores carry replacements.
They used to. Last fall I wend to every auto parts store in town. Most cars on the road don't have our kind of headlights anymore so they don't stock them anymore. Half the guys did not know what I was asking for.
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Thanks for the ideas. I think I'll try the riveting idea. Will pick up a cheap rivet gun at Harbor Freight and give it a go. The gun is cheaper than the replacement surrounds so might as well get the tool that can help in the future as well.