How do you change the dip beam bulb 2001 Hymer B644?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    As title.. dip beam on the B series 2001 Hymer with the small round headlights..

    I had a look at this yesterday, can't be reached from the engine bay, the only way I can see of doing this is to remove the front wheel and the wheel arch liner.. If that is the case then I'm leaving it to the garage..

    Or is there an easier way ?

    PS.. I've already searched the forum and Googled with no luck
     
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    With great difficulty Jim. :(

    My mechanic pal can do it with his back to the grill, reach in and feel his way by taking the rubber cover off, and undoing the spring clip. During this time, he was having a conversation with me, undeterred by the process. :LOL:

    I have since had a go myself Jim, and it is possible, without taking the wheel arch liner off, but being a short ar#e, I had to stand on a box to give me enough height to get my arm in, facing the grill.

    Good luck pal. (y)

    Jock. :)
     
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    Colin says - What Jock said. Feel the force and go for it.
     
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  4. Manic

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    I did mine from in the engine bay, you just have too do it by feel because you can't get your arm in and see what your doing. I had a look with a mirror first so I could see the layout. Fiddly but possible.
     
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    sorry for the delay in replying, been away for 10 days in Wales.. ...

    thanks for the tips and advice.. and yes, I did eventually manage to change the lamp from the engine bay..

    thanks all :)
     
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    I'll bet it was no easy task Jim. ;)

    Glad to see that you are sorted. (y)

    Did I read some where, that you were down at Mimizan Plage...............again recently? ;)

    I hope you, Jan, and Charlotte had a smashing time, and that your Hymer never missed a beat. (y)

    Cheers for now,

    Jock & Rita. :)
     
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  7. Manic

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    Yes it's a bit fiddly but do-able. You have to be able to work by feel because you can't really see what your doing when your arms in there. Glad you got sorted(y)
     
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    Hi Jock

    yes.. we had three weeks in France.. van went great.. never missed a beat.. we came home on the 12th .. Stayed at Mimizan Plage, and then Honfluer for a few days..

    Just back from 10 days in Wales.. stayed at Cwmcuttan site..

    we took the opertunity of some 'us time' while Chaz was at Army Cadet camp in Exmoor.. she's home today.. peace shattered.. :LOL:
     
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    :LOL:

    Glad to hear that you've been galavanting, with no bother at all pal. (y)
    Honfluer (and Le Mont St Michel) brings back memories of the dearest beers I've ever had. :( We are off to Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany next weekend......................and I can't wait. ;)

    Back on topic ;)...........BTW Jim, I changed my bulbs as a pair, and kept the good one as a spare, on the theory that they were both the same age, and the other would be likely to blow sometime soon. Peter Hambilton did a wee modification for me, so that when at Dover (outbound) or Dunkerque (inbound) I can just reach in behind the lamps, and rotate them by a few degrees, to alter the dipped beam for either side of the water. (y)

    Cheers for now,

    Jock. :)
     
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    I did mine, they have 3 screws which hold the lamp in left or right position. I loosened all screws just enough to allow it to rotate and then just tightened the top screw to lock it in position, then when your at the port it's a simple job to loosen the 1 screw and rotate lamp.
     
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    Did mine last weekend Jim or rather my son the mechanic did. We actually replaced the light at the same time as its been cracked for 2 years.
    What a poxy job wheel off inner liner out and still a knuckle scraping job and took 2 hours even 4ft high on a hydraulic lift. Not an easy job especially if the vans ground level.
     
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    Is he the same guy who I saw pulling his torso through a tennis raquet after dislocating his shoulders ?
    Phil
     
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    nothing to do with Hymer lights.. :LOL:

    home safe.. it was great to have some peace and quiet, but missed her and great to have her home..



    couple of pics.. more on the Suffolk Army Cadet FB page https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkArmyCadetForce?fref=ts

    on parade 11950293_1178284255531627_5665985194793656603_o.jpg

    group photo , front row, second from right 11950409_1178296465530406_5983781810449131268_o.jpg
     
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    How do they grow up so quick mate.
     
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    scary , isn't it.. :eek:
     
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    Yes, I found all that out ten years ago, and decided that whilst Peter was already doing other work for us, I'd get him to make life easier for me,which didn't add much to the original bill.
    So many before me have rounded off the screw heads trying to alter the lamps, as well as reporting of blood and skin extraction in the process. :LOL: Now, I don't have to bother with trying to locate and loosen even one screw. ;)

    Well done to your Charlotte, Jim & Jan. Things like the cadets is good character building stuff for Youngsters. (y)

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    How did you achieve this Jock.
     
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    Sorry Beard, achieve what? The modification, or the rotation of the lamps for UK/EU driving?

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    The rotation of the lamps Jock.
     
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    No probs. After Peter Hambilton's modification and labelling on the slam panel, I open the bonnet at Dover, and with my back to the grill, I reach in to the right and rotate the lamp by a few degrees. I then do the same on the left. Job done. On the way back at Dunkerque, I reverse the procedure.

    Peter obviously carried out the mod in a manner that prevents the rotation of the lamps becoming loose over time. Normally you have to access 3 x screws on the rear chassis of each lamp.............and that's the difficult part.
    removing the wheel arch liners makes the job much easier, but I can't be ar##d to do that every time I want to cross the water. :(

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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