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How to get access to the front light assembly

Discussion in 'California/Portofino/Roma' started by Dohangs, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Dohangs

    Dohangs F1 Rookie
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    Hi there
    Does anyone know how to gain access to the front light assembly. I noticed one of the little jewels (bulbs) fell off. Is there a way to open it up? I hope so, but knowing Ferrari, there is no way to gain access so you'd have to pay for an entire light which probably costs around $7000.
     
  2. doccharlie954

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    First you have to take off the wheel, front bumper, plastic piece inside engine, then you have access to the light. You will have to find some one to split the light in half and reglue the jewel back on put it all back together. Check with your dealer as my dealer splits them when they get foggy inside. They charge $1,200.00 for this service.
     
  3. 4th_gear

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    #3 4th_gear, Aug 28, 2016
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    It's not that difficult to remove the headlight unit from the car by removing the gravel guard from the wheel well (see attached photo showing 3 attachment points) but putting the LED(s) back in place would be another matter. I imagine the only possible way to do that is to somehow remove the clear lens in a clean fashion to gain access and then either reinstall the lens cleanly or somehow obtain and install a replacement lens.

    I think the whole issue of the LEDs falling out is frankly outrageous and Cali owners dread this happening to them. This defect really should qualify a RECALL ITEM.
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  4. doccharlie954

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    The only way to remove this headlight is TO REMOVE THE ENTIRE FRONT BUMPER. MY headlight had to be fixed and I was there at the Ferrari body shop when it being replaced. You cannot do it any other way PERIOD. You just can't remove the plastic fender liner and expect to fix it that way. Just won't work. It has to be done the way I described in my above post.
     
  5. Dohangs

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    Thanks for the Iformation. I was going to see if my guy can fix this but I may just let the dealership do it.
     
  6. 4th_gear

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    #6 4th_gear, Aug 28, 2016
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    You're right.

    While the 3 tabs are indeed for mounting the headlight unit, the screws are shown fastened from the top and the front rather than from the opposite directions, as you can see in the headlights diagram I took off the Ricambi website. While those 3 tabs would appear to be much easier to access from the wheel well as shown in the second drawing. It's unfortunate the procedure requires removal of a major externally visible panel as well as the plastic apron inside engine compartment.

    Thanks for the correction and clarification.
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  7. glob1971

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    I have the same problem on my Ferrari California, those little jewels (bulbs) are falling off.

    Do you know if this is covered by the power warranty ?
     
  8. rocketman

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    Please post a pic of the defective bulbs (jewels) that you are referring to.
     
  9. Dohangs

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    Sorry, I don't own the car anymore. Don't have a picture
     

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