The left hand dip bulb in the Renault Scenic had blown, so I thought I’d quickly go and change it. I took a quick look, thinking I’d get the blown bulb out to find out what type it was, so that I could get a replacement to fit.
Looking under the bonnet for the rear if the headlights I decided that I’d need very slimm arms with about 3 elbows just to get to the back of the light, so decided to google around about how this is done.
I found lots of posts from people who have tried this and either given up, or struggled, and some contradictory information about what bulb the car actually uses. I also found out that getting a Renault dealer to do it would set me back the best part of 90 quid!!
After some messing round I have found out how to replace both left and right hand side bulb without spending a fortune at a dealer, and thought I’d share it.
Apparently there are inspection flaps within the front wheel arches that will allow access to the rear of the lights, however several posts I read had problems getting these back in place after they had been removed, also there was some 3 inches of snow round he car, and loads of frozen mucky slush stuck to the inside of the wheel arches, so I decided to see if I could get to the bulbs from above instead.
This is a Renault Scenic 2004, 1.9 DCi, details may well be different on other models!
For this car the main and dip use separate bulbs, H1 for the high beam, and H7 for the low beam. The high beam is on the outside of the light cluster, and the low beam to the inside of the cluster.
The right hand side bulb is the easier of the two to change. Looking towards the rear of the light cluster you can see the washer fluid refill, and a black tube linked together with a simple clip.
Pulling the tube away from the filler neck, then the filler neck away from the body work provides enough space for even quite a big hand to get to the back of the light. I found the best approach was to use my right hand.
Once you have your hand behind the light you will find a soft black rubber cap, this simply pulls off, put it to one side for a minute. Underneath the rubber cap you will feel the back of the bulb with the cable and connector attached to it. You need to get a good grip and as you look at the front of the light (IE looking through the front of the headlight) your need to turn the bulb clockwise about 15 degrees, then you can just pull it out from the back of the unit.
The cable is not that long, but there is enough so that you can pull the connector into sight and get your other hand to it. Pull the old bulb out, and replace with a shiny new H7.
To replace it again use your right hand, present the bulb back into the back of the unit (it helps to look through the front of the lens to see what you are doing), and turn it back to lock it into place. Replace the rubber cap to keep the back of the bulb clean.
Put the washer fluid refill back into it’s clip, then clip the other black tube onto the filler neck, and the right hand side is done.
The left hand side needs to batter cover to be removed, for this there are three 10mm bolts holding it back, one at the front left, the other two at the back of the battery tucked underneath for bodywork under the windscreen.
Remove the bolts, and pull the battery cover off.
This time it’s easier to use your left hand, stand towards the middle of the car, and slide your hand through the gap in front of the battery, and you can reach in far enough to reach the cap, then the bulb on the right hand side.
The removal is otherwise the same as the left side, rubber cap first, then twist the back of the bulb slightly to remove it.
Again the wires are short but you can use two hands to swap the bulb in the connector, then single hand again to replace it.
I replaced the stock bulbs with a pair of Philips x-treme bulbs, these cost £20 for a pair, but give a much better light than the stock bulbs, especially useful this time of year!